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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 Sebastian on December 7, 2010 at 5:22pm
I always knew the main issue of the world was religion. He and others confirmed that I was right all along. My friends think it's sin, BS.
Comment by linda wagner on December 7, 2010 at 10:48am
I feel the same way about him too.
Comment by Sebastian on December 6, 2010 at 6:04pm
He has speeches in FORA.tv
That's how I found out about him.
Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on November 12, 2010 at 9:39am
There are enough videos on here to start a film festival. And BTW is there a Humanist/Atheist/Agnostic film festival?
Comment by Vangelis Stamatopoulos on October 24, 2010 at 2:57am
I like the writings of Sam Harris and his world views. I don't know if the Atheist Foundation of Australia would accept him as a member, however, because of his views on Buddhism. I decided to outline the views of the AFA and how they exclude non-theists that don't toe the thin line set by the AFA. You can read more here.
Comment by Objection on March 27, 2010 at 2:45pm
@Greg Anthony, I just pre-ordered using your link. I followed the steps as usual, so hopefully AN will get something out of it.

I'll probably surprise myself in October ^_^ I loved his TED talk about the Moral Landscape.
Comment by Gliktch on March 16, 2010 at 3:33am
"You need to be a member of Sam Harris to add comments!"

I thought his only claim to fame was his intellect and insight...

I didn't realize he had more than one member :P How anatomically curious xD And they can type, too? Holy crap!
Comment by Wonderist on January 28, 2010 at 10:29am
For those who liked Letter to a Christian Nation, don't forget to read The End of Faith. There is some overlap but, in my opinion, TEoF is a powerhouse, and it's the book that kicked off the beginning of the trend of best-selling atheism books.

TEoF makes a solid case against the notion of 'faith' itself, as well as the taboo against criticizing faith and religion. Instead of addressing believers, it's addressed at on-the-fence non-believers, and is a great source of arguments pro-atheist-activism. Very worthwhile.
Comment by James M. Martin on October 23, 2009 at 11:11am
From time to time I like to read Sam's Letter to a Christian Nation, as it so succinctly states my own system of non-belief. How ironic it was that even as I was reading the following passage, news accounts reached the media about finding the body of a seven year old Florida girl (Somer Thompson) in a landfill. Sam wrote:

"Somewhere in the world a man has abducted a little girl. Soon he will rape, torture, and kill her. If an atrocity of this kind is not occurring precisely at this moment, it will happen in a few hours, or days at most. Such is the confidence we can draw from the statistical lives that govern six billion human beings. The same statistics also suggest that this girl's parents believe -- as you believe -- that an all-powerful and all-loving God is watching over them and their family. Are they right to believe this? Is it good that they believe this?

"No."

Sam goes on to comment on what I like to call Mackie's argument against God: the fallacy of believing in an omnipotent and loving deity. As he states it, in the final analysis, God is either impotent or arbitrary (and in some cases downright evil). The problem of theodicy was best expressed by the Australian philosopher John Leslie Mackie.

The religious person would say, "God gave the child killer freedom of will and it is not God but the perp who caused the child's death." Fine, but why didn't God see to it that the perp would choose to refrain from killing little Somer?
Comment by shaman sun on August 24, 2009 at 12:55pm
Great video. I always found Harris to be the most sensible of modern popular atheist thought. He also touched on some of the positive components of religion: compassion and ethical maturity. If we analyze religion thoroughly, instead of just throwing it all out, we might find some hidden jewels illuminated by modern reason. In other words, what some religions may have set out to do, thousands of years ago (increase compassion, good works, change the human being into a caring fellow rather than warring), may finally be possible. There are also strange conscious experiences that don't fall under the category of delusional thinking (enlightenment experiences, strange visions in meditation or prayer) that have to be understood through the scientific lens, and perhaps utilized by modern humans.

I know some argue there is credence to supernatural thought, and that it is beyond modern science, but that is yet to be a solid argument... (Reincarnation, psychic abilities, etc).
 

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