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Lying by Sam   Harris
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This is a short, tightly written, largely persuasive essay on why lying (fairly narrowly defined as intentionally misleading someone who expects honest communication from you) is a Bad Thing — including (and specifically dealing with) the classic “Do you happen to have any Jews hiding in your attic?” and “Does this make me look fat?” cases. The key “the obvious isn't always apparent” a-ha moment for me was that when we choose to hide the truth from someone, believing it to be for their benefit, we are explicitly denying them access to reality, in a stunningly arrogant infringement on their freedom.

However, I immediately followed this book with Radical Honesty, and by the time I'd finished even the introduction to that, I had docked one star from my rating here. I'm still undecided whether Blanton's take is great or terrible, but either way it exposed remarkably quickly that Harris' version is actually deceptively shallow.
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Reading Progress

July 15, 2013 – Started Reading
July 15, 2013 – Finished Reading
July 17, 2013 – Shelved
October 4, 2013 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 5, 2014 – Shelved as: 2013
September 9, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed

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