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on 20 August 2012
While I enjoyed this short read, in being so categorical about not lying, Sam Harris leaves himself a bit exposed. His thesis is that it is ALWAYS wrong to lie. Half way through the 28 pages, he calls on some of his friends to say something about lying. Before he does this, he tells us he will hide their identity. He lies about their names.

The 'lying is always wrong' idea sometimes leads Harris to the position where he believes his view of the world is the right one. He describes how a writer colleague asks Harris about the quality of that colleague's work. Harris feels compelled to tell the friend that his work is not good - and thus he avoids lying. This assumes that Harris' view of the writing is the 'right' one and that his only option, in avoiding lying, is to tell the 'truth'. Truth ain't as black and white as this. Indeed, I am not sure that the whole issue of lying is as black and white as is suggested here. It may have helped if Harris had produced a 'book' that was more than 28 pages long.
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