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Lying by Sam Harris
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Dec 19, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction, read-in-2011
Read from December 22 to 23, 2011

This essay starts off well and offers some solid arguments why never lying to friends and family can be beneficial to your life, nothing revolutionary but stuff a lot of people won’t even think of on a day-to-day basis, but it then goes on to more absurd situations with unrealistic outcomes (e.g. the reasoning with a murderer after a child your protecting).

It then goes onto a slightly comical story about Harris admitting to taking opium at an airport, which is all nice and fine, but at the end of the chapter he can’t resist adding “This is among the many corrosive effects of having unjust laws: They tempt peaceful and (otherwise) honest people to lie so as to avoid being punished for behaviour that is ethically blameless”. He also adds such personal opinions when talking about the Bush regime and the war. To be fair it is his essay to write whatever he likes, but for me adding these opinions; weather I agree or disagree with them, just cheapens the whole feel of the piece.

Overall a cheap and short read, but a classic case of getting what you pay for.

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