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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 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 Loren ɟɟןoʍ on July 16, 2009 at 11:29pm
Sam has such an intelligent way of getting arguments across about ridiculous untruthful ideas and dogma using excellent analogies. His knowledge of the faiths is extensive to say the least. Loved his book End Of Faith. These videos are worth watching.
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.
Comment by Jim Hanley on June 26, 2009 at 11:09am
Hello again Nate;
The ABOVE "Information " about Sam Harris is in direct conflict with his often stated 'abhorrence' to "tolerance" which "The end of Faith" seems to "preach'? How could Sam not "display tacit disdain for the 'superstition' of "spirituality" & "mysticism" that he so roundly criticizes, and so well exposes in that book?
Sam Harris surely knows 'they' are the very tools of the rotten criminals who warp the minds of innocent children and the naive' among us and use to perpetrate and perpetuate their ponzi-like schemes for enslaving the World?"
PS: Nate; Why no response to my prior reply?
Comment by Nate on June 23, 2009 at 3:21pm
Comment by Gerard McDonald on June 16, 2009 at 6:31pm
The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation are two of the finest arguments against religious belief that I have ever read. Carefully thought out and brilliantly written these two works should convince anyone of the intellectual bankruptcy of the disease known as faith.
Comment by shaman sun on June 13, 2009 at 7:34pm
I feel like Sam Harris can be misunderstood, even by his audience. I remember in one of his discussions he was urged by his listeners to reconsider his open-mindedness to mysticism and meditation. I think he is actually being rather conservative (but promising nonetheless) about his investigation into spiritual experience, meditation, etc. There's definitely some empathy I have with him in his interest of consciousness, altered states, and spiritual/mystical experiences.
Comment by Liz Richey on June 10, 2009 at 10:29am
All that insight and he is good looking...
Comment by Evilgenius20 on June 8, 2009 at 7:44am
 

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