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Lying by Sam Harris
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Nov 06, 12

bookshelves: atheist
Read from November 04 to 06, 2012

This brief essay outlines how lying, even convenient "white lies," is damaging to our relationships and the lives of those being lied to. Harris delves into this simple paradox of the human condition and argues along the lines of Kant in stating that lying is always, always harmful, regardless of circumstance. Easy to read in one sitting, I found the essay sparked intellectual debates between myself and husband, friends, etc lasting longer than the time it took to read. Whether your interests are sociological, neurobiological, or philosophical when it comes to the morality of lying, I think you'll find this a worthwhile read.

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