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Interesting but ultimately disappointing,
This review is from: Lying (Kindle Single) (Kindle Edition)
Generally speaking I am a big fan of Sam Harris and admire and like his work.
This particular piece, however I found it a little disappointing that, having teased us with difficult examples at the beginning of the piece, he fails to answer them in the ensuing text.
The SS officer at door of the protectors of Anne Frank is an excellent example. What would have been a correct answer to the inquiry? The suggested "I wouldn't tell you if I knew" would surely have won tthe respondant a bullet in the brain and a search of his premises over his corpse.
As to it never being OK for a state to lie to its people I would have taken an analysis of Churchill's decision to "lie" to the people about the foreknowledge that the Germans were just about to bomb Coventry in order to keep the secret that the enigma code had been broken rather more convincing than the rather simplistic assertion that it is just never OK.
The failure of the piece to address the really Difficult issue consigns it to the 'interesting yet ultimately unconvincing' category rather than the 'compelling category IMHO
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Initial post: 15 Aug 2013 12:35:20 BDT
We used to say in the sixties 'your right wrong enough' and in this case as other strategic moves so was Churchill. To spread malicious untrue gossip is terrible but white lies are forgivable especially, for example, to save a persons feelings on a personal matter. Under torture or threat of course we may lie. Even telling the truth as to the whereabouts of the already mentioned Ann Frank was wrong. Sometimes a yes or no in court may be the wrong thing to say. I wonder if the writer has researched enough on this subject. Never-the-less an interesting subject but my thanks goes to Mr Grimes for pointing this out.
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