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Lying by Sam Harris
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Also consider the books website (you can read the intro): http://beginningofinfinity.com/
Regarding _Lying_, by Sam Harris: [amazon=]B005N0KL5G/ref=zg_bs_11019_12[/amazon]
Harris is wrong to think that all lying is bad. For example, lying in self-defense is good.Albeit with tongue in cheek, Mark Twain once wrote: "No fact is more firmly established than that lying is a necessity of our circumstance--the deduction that it is then a Virtue goes without saying." Well, Sam Harris begs to differ. And differ he does, with an impassioned, straight-shooting argument not only that lies are "the social equivalent of toxic waste," but also that each of us is capable of, and would benefit from, a life led free of the lie. Harris takes his time defining and stratifying types of lies--from adultery to government cover-ups to the seemingly innocuous little white lie--but insists that at any scale, a lie "condenses a lack of trust and trustworthiness into a single act."
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