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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.

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

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  • Joe
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 09-02-12

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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  • James
  • United States
  • 12-13-15

Ok.

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

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-01-15

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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Sam Harris is amazing

will buy this book. great thinker, makes complete sense in his arguments. highly recommended book

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  • EmilyK
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 03-29-18

interesting perspective from a conservative author

This was an interesting perspective from a conservative author. I didn't know him before this, and probably don't share his politics, but found this a fascinating and persuasive clip. It has gotten me more interested to listen to his other books and lectures.

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A Prophet for today…

In my opinion, Sam Harris is the clearest and most reasonable writer and speaker for humankind's needed merging of spirituality and reason available to us today. For me, he is one of very few out there that gives me a bit of an increased hope for our specie. I love you Sam… Keep it up!

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very powerful thesis.

thank you Sam. looking forward to learning more from you. I have more of your books in my cue to listen to.

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Excellent presentation by the author.

Excellent examples of what is you come on the book. Quite understandable and is a good preview ood what is to come. Almost a book in itself.

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Always an admirer of Sam.

Sam Harris gives logical reason as to why religious dogma is dangerous for the humanity's well being. He does it not just because he wants to, but it is what is necessary.

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way overpriced for a 20 minute clip

way overpriced for a 20 minute clip of what is otherwise free on youtube & podcasts.