PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am


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by Sam Harris
Kindle Edition (e-book)

Those unsure about whether it is all right to lie should read neuroscientist Sam Harris' book, Lying. All kinds of untruths, from fibs to whoppers, are covered in his Kindle Single on what he terms the 'social equivalent of toxic waste' because everyone is potentially harmed by their spread. Readers wondering why adults still need to be convinced of the destructiveness - and cowardliness - of dishonesty need only open their eyes to realise that some people never grow out of their lying ways, which are born of an understanding that others will disapprove of such behaviour. Vulnerability comes in pretending to be something you're not, cautions Harris, who argues that lying, even about small matters, damages personal relationships and public trust. Compulsive liars probably won't bother to read this because they won't want to hear the truths Harris offers. Which means that his audience is limited to those who have been duped and those considering being honest. The e-book includes 'memorable quotes' - actually self-evident truisms - and a super-short synopsis: 'Lying: don't do it.'