Sam Harris is one of the sharpest thinkers I had come across. Here are some excerpts from one of his thinnest books, Lying. Though the book is not as well thought out as some of his other works, I culled out these gems from the book. I put a next to the ones that hit a chord in me somewhere:
Most of our so-called intellectuals are fraudsters who are too incompetent to do their homework before they air out an opinion. Liberating ourselves from the twisted world views they provide us is an important part of building ourselves happy lives.
In the last post, we saw SCARF model proposed by David Rock, identifying five strong human motivations (Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness & Fairness). The last post also discussed Status. In this post, we will discuss the Fairness, or morality.
The most important paradigm shift on morality is this:
Fairness and other morals are hard coded in our genes!
The conventional belief is that the moralities have been given to us by religions. But the more we understand how humans and other animals work, the more it becomes clear that
Religions have simply documented the moral values that we have inherited through our genes.