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Sam Harris Discusses The Moral Landscape Speech

Sam Harris Discusses The Moral Landscape

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Sam Harris discusses his latest book, The Moral Landscape.

About The Moral Landscape:
Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape". Because there are definite facts to be known about where we fall on this landscape, Harris foresees a time when science will no longer limit itself to merely describing what people do in the name of "morality"; in principle, science should be able to tell us what we ought to do to live the best lives possible.

Listen to the The Moral Landscape.

©2010 Sam Harris (P)2010 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-01-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-01-15 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Morality in terms of human and animal well being."

    Sam Harris is a very intelligent man and a serious scientist. I agree that belief in god(s) is totally unnecessary to developing an appropriate moral system and that, indeed, some/most religions are indeed immoral when taken to dogmatic excess. I disagree with his militant atheism which he basically turns into his religion. I make that statement not only based on The Moral Landscape but on the sum of all of his writings and lectures on the topic of morality and religion.

    The cases that Harris makes against Christianity's excesses in Letters to a Christian Nation and Islam's excesses in Islam and the Future of Tolerance are valid. But in his The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason Harris fails to make the case against the excesses of militant atheism which is also a religion, his religion. During the French Revolution militant atheists lopped off the heads of thousands of their fellow citizens. Communists, militant atheists, have killed millions in the USSR, China, Cambodia, and elsewhere.

    We cannot know that which is unknowable. That is true about the existence of god(s) whether it is a theist who claims that higher power definitely exists or about militant atheists like Sam Harris who claim to know that such a higher power does exist.

    Nevertheless, I find atheists like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens well worth listening to and reading.

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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 09-02-12
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "Bad sales pitch for a good product"

    I listened to this presentation and I read the book. In fact, I've read everything Harris has written. And here's the thing, this is not that great of a presentation. But the book is well worth it. Harris attempts to generate from scratch a whole new way of examining morality and ethics and building a moral code from the ground up in a logical, scientific way. And he succeeds. The book, Moral Landscape is great. But this intro to it is lacking in the excitement and genius of the full book. Skip this, buy the book.

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    Amazon Customer 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "qualité audio pas terrible"

    on dirait de la radio des années 90...mais le contenu est excellent. c'est tolérable durant 30 mins

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    Emanuel 08-12-16
    Emanuel 08-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful talk for the journey"

    for those who like question their beliefs, motives and actions. the talk is insightful as it tackles certain topics with unbiased logic. the journey to open mindedness may be tough for some but this should definitely be insightful.

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    Edward Porock 06-28-16
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    "meow"

    I'm going to listen to the book now. I think this discussion proved to me that the book will provide a solid foundation for the argument that morality can be what we make it and we had the tools to do so already.


    authors should do this more. the audio samples just do not cut it.

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    James Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 12-13-15
    James Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 12-13-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Ok."

    Didn't realize I was downloading a self plug, but you did a good job, Sam. Buying your book.

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    S. Copley Tulsa, OK, USA 05-23-15
    S. Copley Tulsa, OK, USA 05-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    A book like this is necessary to make the future a better one. Harris is brave and brilliant. His presentation here is a perfect description of the contents and intent. Get the book.

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    Aaron 04-15-15
    Aaron 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just buy the book"

    The audio quality here is similar to a phone conversation, and while Sam is able to touch upon a few of the elements in the book, there is no real depth. Just buy the book!

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    Andrea Vocale 04-07-15
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    "Harris for president"

    Sam Harris is the most articulate and convincing truth teller. His books deserve to be studied, not just read.

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    Jeff Harris 08-07-12
    Jeff Harris 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Did Not Convince Me to Buy the Audio Book"

    I like listening to the short, free interviews with an author who's book I am unsure whether or not to try out. This interview swayed me to not get The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris. I can tell he is passionate about what he writes and has a large following but I'm not sure it is for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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