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Sam Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph. D in neuroscience from UCLA. His works include Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, and Free Will. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. He is the co-founder and CEO of Project Reason, a mostrar mais nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. His title Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Sam Harris' Lying available for free em Book talk (Abril 2013)
Plantinga Reviews Sam Harris's Book em Let's Talk Religion (Janeiro 2013)


More a podcast than a book, very short, has Sam with his expert blend of dialectics and common sense philosophy.

I appreciate what Sam does and I respect the political perspective of what he is up to but also fund his point full of holes.

Sam sees no existence of “free will” which I would say is obvious under the assumptions of a perfectly causal universe. But Sam also makes no attempt to look for hypothesis of what would make sense to represent the idea of “free will” because he thinks any other explanation can’t capture the commonsense meaning of the word.

This is dogma of a different kind and poses the same problem with any idea that is hard to capture in language: consciousness, values, emotion, desire
etc... But to Harris, when it serves him, the answer comes from some narrow interpretation of a neuroscience experiment. When it doesn’t then it is not worth discussing because its not commonsense.
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yates9 | outras 43 resenhas | Feb 28, 2024 |
Just did not care for this book—apparently I fail even at spirituality for atheists. :P

In general I take issue with movement atheists and therefore did not get on with Harris for the first chapter or so. I feel that secularism conceals a lot of hidden biases and falls into the trap of assuming that behaviors are functional if and only if they are rational or bring us closer to objective truth. As someone who tends toward rational skepticism, I find this to be a lovely idea, but based on my observation of the rest of humanity, it just ain't so.

I did enjoy his discussions of neuroscience and philosophy and was really excited for the rest of the book. However, once we got to the meat of his argument about meditation, I was literally frustrated to tears. His insistence on the illusion of the self only filled me with a kind of existential anxiety. I feel certain he is onto something, but I was simply unable to grok his explanation or figure out how I could possibly come to this conclusion on my own via meditation.

Undoubtedly this would be a great book for the right reader, but I need something about meditation and mindfulness that's more guided and less didactic and will allow me to develop my own vocabulary and best practices for understanding and regulating my mind.
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raschneid | outras 40 resenhas | Dec 19, 2023 |
I'm on board with the seeming dichotomy of underlying determinism and the useful illusion of choice.
dualmon | outras 43 resenhas | Dec 7, 2023 |
Read the short one in an afternoon. Very sure, well written, clearly made arguments. Already believed nearly all of this before I read this, but nicely done
BooksForDinner | outras 43 resenhas | Aug 26, 2023 |



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