Friday, January 3, 2014

Book Review: Lying by Sam Harris

Title: Lying
Author: Sam Harris
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Source: Audible
This book would be rated: PG

I'm not sure that this really counts as a book, since it's shorter than a full-length Radiolab podcast (and half of it is Harris answering questions), but I'm going to review it anyway. In Lying Harris explores why why lie and why we shouldn't. He goes through common justifications for lies, and then talks about why those justifications don't hold water. Harris believes that with few exceptions, lying is never justified, and it's easier in the long run to tell the truth (even if it seems hard at first) than it is to lie. The Q&A after the book is also worth a listen.

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