Harris mixes profound insights with a dry humor that really underlines many of his more brilliant points. Not that he needs humor to make them, but it makes reading the book that more enjoyable.
I used to be annoyed by Sam Harris' voice, but I've come to love it after listening to many of his lectures. He's very calm in his speech, almost to the point of being lulling. Also, having the book read by its author is always a plus as far as I'm concerned.
This is one of the best books on the subject on human morality one can read. Even if you don't agree with Harris you would be the poorer for letting it pass you by.
Sam Harris makes a strong case for ending the appearant collective blindness regarding morality and cultural practices (such as female genital mutilation).
One can only hope that anthropologists and others in the social studies read this book.
My only concern is that the book shows a lot of examples of what should constitute moral valleys and not enough examples of moral peaks and how to progress from the first to the second.
Nevertheless this would need a lot more research and should be a separate book.
There are a lot of good points in this book, but the author doesn't give a valid argument for the necessary exist and of an objective moral landscape.
A more interesting reader.
I don't know. I couldn't get through the audio.
No emotion or interest in the reading that it bored me to tears. I couldn't stay focused on it. I tried 3 times to listen to it and just couldn't get through it.
I'm sure the material in it is something I would have been interested in but the reading of it was anything but interesting.
Books on tape are awesome! Audible sometimes sucks because it won't let you purchase Audiobooks after you already ordered them!
Sam once again takes us through the logical progressions of a difficult topic. He cuts through the fallacies and fairytales that often hijack our thought process. I would recommend this book to anyone.
The problem isn't the book, it's the audio quality. You can actually hear people having a conversation in the background of Sam Harris speaking from time to time. Where is he recording this, a classroom?
The thesis was not thought through very well at all. The author uses the term "SCIENCE", as though he were speaking about a religion and not a structured method of determining cause and effect. For example he writes, [Athough SCIENCE has sometimes exhibited racist or sexist ideas...."]. Science does not exhibit any ideas; people do. But, if you replace the word SCIENCE, with any of the world's religions, the sentence may have some validity.The author uses words like SCIENCE, MORALITY, ETHICS, WELL-BEING, all as uppercase nouns [Science ordered a BLT sandwich at the Deli, even as Islam still maintains it is wrong to eat pork; and by-the-way, some people are still circumcising there little girls]. This kind of thing goes on thoughout the book. I bought this book because I really enjoyed his other book "The End of Faith". But I really wish someone close (such as a friend or editor), would have given him a few constructive boots in the pants.
The myth supporting the position that science and morality cannot relate or explain each other is analyzed and destroyed.
There are many. The critical analysis on religion makes a lot of sense along the book.
His personal conviction.
The description of the author's medical research, leading to his thinking about his whole proposition in the book.
Courageous take on "established" trues. Fearless denunciation of the status quo in science and morality.