In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscienti...more
Harris shows how lies, even those (conveniently?) called "white" do more harm than good. He proposes living a life without a single lie, even at the cost of much discomfort. Of course, situations where telling the truth will undoubtedly cause har...more
1) Harris would be committed to the argument that even lying to someone to keep a surprise party you are throwing for them a secret is wrong. Examples along those...more
Good one. Start reading and will write a review within this week.
Sam started off as sharing his experience in lying, and consider it always damaging to people, including himself. He distinguish between lying and answering question of sub text.
Situation like his wife ask him if she is fat. If the subtext is to having reassurance from Sam, then saying she looks beautiful or he lo...more
In Mark Twain's On the Decay of the Art of Lying he discusses lying as an art form and defines lying as anything that is not the truth. Twain argues that there is an art to lying and that people do, and indeed should, lie at the right times so long as it benefits others. I, for the most part, agreed with what Twain...more
All the other reasons for lying ultimately lead to b...more
"Well it could be relativ...more
I was especially taken by the idea that a "white lie", the kind we imagine will protect another person from hurt or embarrassment, is instead an a...more
Harris doesn't advance any particularly interesting arguments, and even undercuts his own examples more than once. (For example, a lesson involving a child who tells a visiting couple that his father actual...more
Now, without dismissing the central thesis of the essay, I woul...more
The problem is that interactions between human beings are much more complex than reason alone can understand. Several different parts of the brain are involved—not just the frontal cortex, where rea...more
Mentimos para quedar bien, mentimos para hacer sentir bien, mentimos cuando no aclaramos las falsas percepciones, mentimos cuando obviamos ciertas situaciones. Creemos que no hacemos daño y nos acostumbramos a seguirlo haciendo casi como si fuera respirar.
Harris despliega en este ensayo conciso un argumento...more
“Lying" is the Kindle Single that makes the compelling case that society and our own lives would simplify and improve if we didn't lie. Neuroscientist, atheist icon and accomplished author Dr. Sam Harris provides yet another thought-provoking title. In this brief but eloquent essay, Harris convincingly establishes the virtues of not lying. This 145-KB book is composed of the following twelve chapters: 1. What is a Lie?, 2. The Mirror of Honesty, 3. Two Types of...more
If you didn't know Sam Harris before reading this short e-book (or PDF), you undoubtedly should after you finish it. As one of the most prominent intellectuals of our time, Harris provides his thoughts on honesty (and lying) in this succinct single.
Not only is this essay short in regards to length, but Harris also writes directly, utilizing four-syl...more
Harris argues that lying is almost always the wrong choice. He provides a number of examples that illustrate this. The content of the essay was more or less what I expected... certainly there is no new ground being broken here. Even so, he does make some great points. One of his major argumen...more
I have two issues with this book. On the substance, Harris overstates his case. As I read I thought of a number of counterexamples to the points he made. He laid out his case well, but he didn't take on the counterarguments as a philosopher normally does. Perhaps this is more a function of the format of this long-essay style; if so, I w...more
Throughout the essay, Harris gives numerous examples in which lying has either damaged relationships or promoted distorted world views. He differeniates between the different types of lies, and the damage they're likely to cause...more
While many may interpret this as an argument of extremity, I think that the real argument is intended as more of a cautionary tale: lies and deceit break down our ability to build trust between individuals as well as groups (i.e. state and it's populace), which in turn can limit people's abilities to live life to their desir...more
Harris is a consequentialist, something he does not argue for in this book but explained previously in The Moral Landscape. Consequentialism is a theory that maintains that the ethical value of an act is determined by its consequences. Consequentialism is often broken down into two main types: one in which the outcome of each spec...more
- White lies (when getting a gift, for example). The example they give is for an ugly piece of clothing: you could say that you're touched the gifter thought of you, but "I don't think I can pull this off" or something. This sounds very hard to do in real life. The authors explain that you're eroding t...more
Harris disavows Kant's firm headed position on lies here as being unethical in all instances by stating that only a psychopath would endorse them in reality. A total prohibition and rejection of lies therefore is not his intention, but it's close. While his analysis is rooted explicitly in reason, it focuses in on its subject using a kind of rule utilitarian perspective. Lies often create problems down the line, perturb preexisting friendships and prevent others from improving or ditching bad ch...more
Sam Harris' new work,"Lying" seems to be one of the small projects which capitalizes on his previous work. Of course everyone was most likely taught by their parents that they should be truthful and abstain from lying. Somewhere along the way into adulthood and maturity, people seem to come to the conclusion tha...more
I think Harris gives appropriate concessions to the very uncomfortable and concrete ramifications of even 'white' lies...more
Disappointing. Sam Harris goes into the results of lying in an organised factual manner, but it's nothing that I couldn't have thought of myself. As he is a philosopher and neuroscientist, I expected to gain some new insights.
Sam Harris doesn't really evaluate the reasons for lying. When he touches on social dilemmas, the background is strictly his own. Only once he accommodates another position, that of a spy or an intelligence officer whose job profile includes deceit and cover-up. Repercussio...more