My dislike with this book began in the opening vignette. Harris illustrates a suicide bombing and includes a detail of the bomber smiling. Thus, Harris commits whole-heartedly to engaging in an emotional argument.
Make no mistake, Harris is articulate...and I agree with his assessments of Islamism. Nevertheless, for somebody clearly so intellectual, it surprised me how often he would delve into the counter-intellectual. Harris's chapter on relativism is a litany of false equivalences and straw men. The following chapter regarding ethics tries to rectify some of the wounds he tries to inflict in the preceding chapter, but equivocates wildly because Harris cannot seem to find a coherent view of ethics that is based on secular moral absolutism.
I've known of this book for some time, and it didn't disappoint. It's an analytical look at the perverse troubles of religion through the lens of a science of the brain, and yet Harris explains his stance with a clarity unfamiliar to most authors of such difficult topics.
You seriously need to read this. Fantastic and important read. Extremely well written and a joy to read. God bless Sam Harris!
Former JW. Reading and traveling....important to self development.
I hope I can convey the reasoning in this book Maybe it will do some good. Of all the so-called "fruitages of the spirit" in the Bible, faith was the only one out of place to me. I never could see it being a quality that made one a better person, let alone essential for salvation.
Whether you're a believer or not, this book is a must listen. It isn't afraid to tackle the very real taboo of religious criticism in the light that we all must recognize the danger of certainty in profound metaphysical claims or suffer the consequences.
But prefer Sam reading his own books. Connects the usual danger of ideology [especially in form of religions forced upon us in our all-believing childhoods] and how it separates humanity, sets us against one another, and extinguishes rational thought.
Appreciate review of science backed outcomes and now some framework of inner-workings of meditation practice.
All books like these can be a bit dry and it sorted started out that way, but it picks up quickly. A much easier read than a Christopher Hitchens book and just as brilliant. Sam Harris can really lay down the facts.