Sam Harris

While promoting atheism, Harris examines spirituality by means of considering philosophy, neuroscience and mysticism rather than displaying tacit disdain for it. He warns of the threat that fundamentalist religion poses to human progress and survival

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Comment by Nate on August 22, 2009 at 12:07pm
Sam appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher last night. Notable quote: "Atheism has no content". He commented on the appointment of Collins as the head of the NIH and why it's problematic with regards to funding scientific inquiry into neuroscience and morality. He reiterated the importance of examining personal transformation and other ideas commonly linked to spirituality from the rational perspective.
Comment by ilostmysharpie on August 19, 2009 at 10:54pm
I have such a crush on Sam...=)
Comment by Friend of Dorothy on August 11, 2009 at 3:50pm
Thanks Nate, just finished watchine another Sam Harris debate on You Tube, as I do regularly. Very sharp guy.
Comment by Nate on August 10, 2009 at 10:55pm
Thanks very much, Ruth.
Comment by Ruth Dickson on August 10, 2009 at 3:38pm
Done. Here's the email:

Dear Sam:
I have been delegated to proffer an invitation to join us at Atheist Nexus, currently the largest atheist social network on the internet. We have recently formed a "Sam Harris" group, and would be honored to have you drop in to bless our undertaking...or to do whatever us atheists do in lieu of a mitzvah.
We look forward to counting you among our members and to meeting you in cyber-person.
On a personal note, I have a major author-to-author crush on you, so I would REALLY like you to see you at:
Post-theistically yours,
Comment by Nate on August 9, 2009 at 10:20pm
Great idea, Ruth. Very glad to have you here. Would you consider extending the invitation to Mr. Harris?
Comment by Ruth Dickson on August 8, 2009 at 7:20pm
Just another Harris fan checking in. Does he know we're here? I hope somebody has invited him to drop in and say hello. Such a nice Jewish boy! (oops)
Comment by Nate on July 31, 2009 at 7:46am
Thanks for that explanation, Richard, Welcome to the group.
Comment by Richard Mankiewicz on July 31, 2009 at 5:08am
Just adding to this comment wall, I understand Sam Harris's position very well as it is exactly the same as mine - belief is one thing, esoteric experience is another. I prefer using 'esoteric' rather than spiritual as it just describes inner experiences. If one took the time to look at the literature such as Dzogchen and talks to those teachers in the west, it is plain to see that what is being taught is an esoteric science. No belief is necessary - just dive into one's own psyche.
Comment by Nate on June 26, 2009 at 12:32pm
Hello, Jim.

I think if you reread the End of Faith, in particular Chapter 7- Experiments in Consciousness and the epilogue you may reconsider.

Superstion is based in ignorance. You and I understand this and Harris speaks to that in the book. However, he advocates "a truly empirical approach to spiritual experience", one not tainted by "our current beliefs about God."(pg. 214, par. 1 The End of Faith) Does that sound like disdain?

PS: Sorry for not responding to your prior reply more promptly. I will do so now.

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