Sam Harris is known as one of the four horsemen - including Dennitt, Dawkins and Hitchens. They are all proponents of science and reason.
Sam Harris has a blog and this is his latest blog post:
I was interested to hear his answer to the second question regarding his experiences travelling in India in his 20's and the impact that's had on his life. He still meditates and promotes a type of meditation called Vipassana and then details the benefits he sees from practising this meditation.
I'm really interested in having a discussion on Meditation.
What are your thoughts about Meditation?
Have you ever practiced mediation?
Is it compatible with science and reason?
Could it be beneficial to our lives?
..I 'practice" meditation daily, throughout the day and at night..inner and outer meditation, walking meditation..when I'm jogging and/or swimming laps in the pool, walking the dog in the morning and after dinner..I don't know about the compatibility part, but meditation is part of my lifestyle, kinda like my filter of sensing reality..as Science and Reason are ways of looking at, sensing reality..Yes it can be beneficial unless meditation interferes with perception of reality,,"It takes a clear mind to make it" as a stoned David Lindley slurred on the Jackson Browne "Running on Empty" album..In my opinion..People with Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, PTSD need to consult their therapist prior to, during and after doing this stuff..Too much introspection is not a good thing..Once you get stuck inside your mind, you'll be having recursive thoughts about thought about thoughts about thoughts and reflecting on reflections..
I already take pro-biotics, not for any medical reason, but just on general principle, from time to time. I've also been low starch on a periodic basis ... not with more meats, obviously, since I'm a vegetarian, but with legumes and dairy products.
I've never noticed any difference. I'll pay more attention the next time I go for a while without any grains, but I doubt it has any impact. I have a fantastic digestive tract, with no irregularities in ... damned if I even know how long ... many years.
I wasn't raised vegetarian. My mental health is much better now than it was back when I ate meat, up until my teens and early 20's.
I'll check out the book, though. You just have to realize that there's a huge range for digestive profiles, within the human species. It's like a lactose-intolerant person making a blanket statement that milk is bad for all people. Oh, sure, it's bad for you. My system handles it just fine, and it's a great source of protein.
Any study of food that doesn't make allowances for individual variation is going to be limited.
Actually, meditation is a skill that will be very beneficial for the racing mind. Fortunately, you don't have to start out skilled....the more you practice the better. Focusing for a minute on your breathing, or 30 seconds. That's it. the more opportunities you take to attempt it, the better you'll get. I suffered for years with racing mind, and now have long periods where I am comfortable just sitting and being in my own skin.