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  • Title: Lying
  • Author: Sam Harris
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  • Page: 315
  • Format: Kindle Edition

[PDF] Lying | by á Sam Harris, Lying, Sam Harris, Lying 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 [PDF] Lying | by á Sam Harris - Lying, Lying 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 fin

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About “Sam Harris

  • Sam Harris

    Sam Harris born 1967 is an American non fiction writer, philosopher and neuroscientist He is the author of The End of Faith Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason 2004 , which won the 2005 PEN Martha Albrand Award, and Letter to a Christian Nation 2006 , a rejoinder to the criticism his first book attracted His new book, The Moral Landscape, explores how science might determine human values.After coming under intense criticism in response to his attacks on dogmatic religious belief, Harris is cautious about revealing details of his personal life and history He has said that he was raised by a Jewish mother and a Quaker father, and he told Newsweek that as a child, he declined to be bar mitzvahed He attended Stanford University as an English major, but dropped out of school following a life altering experience with MDMA During this period he studied Buddhism and meditation, and claims to have read hundreds of books on religion In an August 21, 2009 appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, Harris stated that he grew up in a secular home and his parents never discussed God He has stated, however, that he has always had an interest in religion.After eleven years, he returned to Stanford and completed a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy In 2009, he obtained his Ph.D degree in neuroscience at University of California, Los Angeles, using functional magnetic resonance imaging to conduct research into the neural basis of belief, disbelief, and uncertainty source, plus info

194 thoughts on “Lying

  • This book or booklet, with its couple dozen pages is an attempt of Sam Harris to describe and justify his personal philosophy of honesty and avoiding lies if at all possible The author does not shy away from the classical but what if an axe murderer asks me about a child hiding in my house dilemma, and from providing a scathing critique of white lies and lies that spare someone s feelings, and in this, I found the essay interesting It is well written, too, interesting, not a word too long but st [...]

  • I liked this essay I read its majority while at a cafe with my wife, and it stirred very interesting discussions Even while reading it alone, I remember constantly stopping and thinking about the insightful ideas and examples that Harris demonstrated Harris shows how lies, even those conveniently called white do 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 harm like in case [...]

  • This is less of a book than a long essay, one that is currently available in free downloadable PDF form from Harris website.Throughout the piece, Harris makes the argument that there are significant benefits to be gained both personally and societally by rejecting lying in both large and small forms.Most of us think of ourselves as honest people, yet may still frequently engage in the white lie, an act of dishonesty designed to spare both ourselves and another discomfort Harris offers some compe [...]

  • A short booklet about lying it ll probably take less than an hour to finish, highly recommended Honesty is a gift we can give to others

  • This is a very neat little book about lying It s not out to flesh out the subject in all its glory, but instead to give you enough information and insight that you can make an informed decision on the subject and feel you know what it s about and that s in 58 pages, slow clap It can also work as a bit of an eye opener We re quite used to lying in our every day life so much so it becomes habit, we don t even think about it The great thing about Sam Harris is that he doesn t just tell you to stop [...]

  • A short and quick read Interesting book telling straightforwardly why one should not lie What are the disadvantage of lying, the psychology behind it and what consequences it can land you to.

  • When is it okay to lie When is it not Sam has opinions which he ll gladly tell you But they seem a bit arbitrary to me.On top of that, the writing is incredibly dry I do think the subject could be interesting especially if approached by an author with a less simplistic but internally consistent view , but Sam s take didn t do it for me There s no sense of humor, there s no exploration, there s just simple and dry utterance of what amounts to moralism.But let s take an example he gives Someone a [...]

  • On the whole, this little novella long essay was really fantastic Sam Harris makes a really strong case for never lying And I think the case he makes transcends his commitment to utilitarianism which he doesn t even mention in this essay , and resonates strongly with this virtue ethicist I have two problems with his prescription 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 lines st [...]

  • This is a short essay about lying and its implications The book has many short comings in my opinion and it could have been written much better and I wish it was longer I wish it could have been developed into a proper book There are so many things left unexplained and premises unproven, yet the subject is interesting The writer basically argues that is is almost always bad to lie, except in very very rare cases that would probably never happen in the course of the lifetime of the average indivi [...]

  • Harris writing here is so clear and elegant that it might be easy for one to mistake his ideas as simple However, while Lying can be read in a sitting, it can be mulled over for a very long time The ideas that linger are of the power of honest speech Of his lie related proposals, however, the most compelling is the destructive nature of the white lie the one we tell out of compassion or embarrassment I m equally moved by his portrayal of plain truth telling as a source of power and an engine of [...]

  • Sam Harris podcast is one of the enjoyable ones out there He s got a great clarity of speaking, and his method is to take the listener through the issue at hand in a thoughtful and considered way His writing shows the same method everything is clear and precise and deliberate.His background in neuroscience puts his approach towards the issue of belief and disbelief on a different level than other famed atheists such as Christopher Hitchens snarky, acerbic and entertaining and Richard Dawkins ev [...]

  • As someone who finds it incredibly difficult and unnatural to lie, and who, as a result, knows full well the pitfalls of being constantly honest, I was curious to read this book It had very good reviews but after reading it I wasn t really sure why It s not a terrible book, but what it says is either blatantly obvious to me, at any rate , or else not entirely true While of course there are many kinds of untruth that cause all kinds of problem, the author goes as far as to argue that any kind of [...]

  • But what could be wrong with truly white lies First, they are still lies And in telling them, we incur all the problems of being less than straightforward in our dealings with other people Sincerity, authenticity, integrity, mutual understanding these and other sources of moral wealth are destroyed the moment we deliberately misrepresent our beliefs, whether or not our lies are ever discovered.

  • Lying Is about what it implies I love how the author said lying was rejecting the other from accessing the truth The main problem presented in this book was that lying and telling the truth both have its goods and bad I believe truth is the right way to go depending on the situation When lying or telling the truth, we need to imagine the consequences, yet that truth is pure subjectivity or it might not be If the consequence was pretty definite and negative, then you should probably lie Yet somet [...]

  • Sloppy and philosophically bad quality arguments Which one would expect from an existentialist philosopher But not a scientist Sam Harris fails to abandon intuition and descriptive ethics as a prescriptive This method of reasoning is what I call lazy argumentation in which one would try to justify very quickly their already made decisions My ratings Flow 4 5Style of writing 5 5 Consistency 1 5Content 2 5

  • I forgot I read this Where did I even get this Interesting blog post or so about why lying might be bad Problem with philosophy is that an argument can be made for anything, with little to no underpinning evidence, or with an equally strong counterargument It s not my favourite discipline I don t know, I mean, truth can go on endlessly, and there has to be a point where communication is curtailed I m fine.

  • Commit to honesty lying is, almost by definition, a refusal to cooperate with others It condenses a lack of trust and trustworthiness into a single act It is both a failure of understanding and an unwillingness to be understood To lie is to recoil from relationship By lying we deny others our view of the world And our dishonesty not only influence the choices they make, it often determines the choices they can make in ways we cannot always predict Every lie is an assault on the autonomy of those [...]

  • While being no major work it is nonetheless a thoughtprovoking piece of writing Sam Harris thesis is that lying is by definition unethical and he carefully dissects different situations to show how lying is no alternative to telling the truth The small booklet which I read also contains a dialogue with Harris old philosophy teacher at Stanford I found this dialogue to be informative than the essay by Harris because it provided reasons to actually believe in Harris arguments He isn t saying tha [...]

  • Fantastic should be required reading for everyone, especially because it s so short This book will make you think twice about telling lies even the most subtle, well intentioned white lies The key things I took away from this book are 1 To lie is to recoil from relationship 2 Lies, even white lies, are indicators of a poor quality relationship.3 To offer insincere praise is to treat someone like a child when everyone else will judge them as adults We do them no favors by sparing their feelings a [...]

  • Audiobook Only about an hour long good reminder that honesty is the bedrock to any good relationship Good discussion, but certainly not exhaustive Also, I was hoping for a scientific treatise of the subject.

  • Much of this short book resonated deeply with me I believe the world would be a different place if everyone was completely honest, even with the small social lies we tell to spare the feelings of others My mind has been dwelling on authenticity and the quandary of getting true personal critisism to become a better person, when everyone feels too awkward to give any meaningful feedback Yet I don t want to go through life criticizing others with my personal opinions Sam Harris provided interesting [...]

  • Decent essay, clearly written No new insights though It s best to avoid lying There s almost always a tactful way to be honest, and it s worth aiming for that.

  • A short listen 1 hour , Lying is an intriguing stance on how lies, no matter how trivial, can impact our lies negatively Sam Harris has a voice that remains calm and rational making it easy to grasp the points he is making.

  • As part of my self improvment self help reading kick, I read this very short book on lying by Sam Harris It caught my attention because I ve always prided myself on being an honest, open person, but a big part of his argument is that even lies of omission or white lies, told for the sake of kindness, are harmful and unethical Thinking about it, I feel like I do that a lot trying to spare people s feelings, and Sam Harris argues that this kind of thing is hurtful, because by not being honest abou [...]

  • Despite its pithy title and sparse number of pages, Lying packs a wallop This is perhaps one of the most important books I ve ever read and it s clear once reading it that the world would be a sorely better one if everyone followed the precepts written within.This thin volume has received some criticism of the oh well, it s just what grandma says and everyone already knows it variety Clearly these people didn t take away much from this book, but that likely has to do with themselves than with t [...]

  • To lie is to recoil from relationship Re read review As a refresher, I listened to Lying on Audible today, and found this book to be as thought provoking and lucidly argued as the first go round It couldn t have been than an hour long, but Harris is so concise that he is able to cover a lot of ground in that time I love this book Harris is one of those rare authors who is so precise that you will find yourself thinking clearly after reading his books George Orwell and David Foster Wallace s no [...]

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