As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.
In Lying, best-selling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on "white" lies—those lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfort—for these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process.
Sam Harris manages to put into words something that my gut has known to be true since I was a kid. Insightful and eloquently put as always.
Expensive for what it is.
The topic is interesting, however this book should cost no more than 5 dlls. 80% is an interview and answers to readers.
Disappointed. Who was this book written for? If you are a person that doesn't lie little is gained. What of religion and lies; government and lies; big business and lies. I was hoping you could shed new light on some of society's bigger issues. This is Jr High School stuff.