Lying, this Wed. 3 Oct. from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 on the Waurn Ponds campus

Wednesday 3 October from 5-6.30pm in ib3.307 on the Waurn Ponds campus

This week the DPS will meet to discuss lying. Yes lying, as in not telling the truth, but also Lying the short essay by Sam Harris that is now available for free online.

Here’s a brief blurb:

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie.

In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on “white” lies—those lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfort—for these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process.

You can access the essay online at

Either Jason or I will provide a brief intro to the essay for those of you who don’t have time to read it in its entirety.

Kind Regards,

Dylan Nickelson,
Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society

The Deakin Philosophical Society is funded by Deakin University Student Association (DUSA).

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