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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
  • Gulf Breeze, FL, 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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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.

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Need convincing to buy the book?

Sam Harris answers some key questions regarding his book. If you're a fan of his already, you will probably want to buy it before this thirty minutes Q&A is over.

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Always interesting

I will definitely buy the book. Listening to Sam Harris is always a pleasure and the examples he mentions in this overview are interesting, current and poignant. Listen to this before deciding to buy the book, you won't be disappointed.

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One of the most important books ever written!

What did you love best about Sam Harris Discusses The Moral Landscape?

In The Moral Landscape, Sam Harris bravely steps outside of a long held and wide spread belief to challenge the idea that science has nothing to offer in terms of morality. He brilliantly shows that not only does science have something to offer but science is the only system that has anything to offer. This book lays the groundwork for the only possible way to progress morally into the future.

What did you like best about this story?

The best part of the story was the examples that make the subtleties more obvious and the metaphors that make comparisons to more familiar topics making it easier to understand for a less technical reader.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

The performance was perfect to relay the information in a clear and easy to understand style. Sam Harris is a pleasure to listen to, his calm and steady speaking helps keep me interested and makes the words easy to absorb.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had complex feelings about this book. It can be difficult to hear a new idea that challenges one you already have but very enjoyable to gain a new perspective and have a deeper understanding.

Any additional comments?

This book is the most compelling and insightful work I have ever come across on the topic of morality. This book represents a step forward in ways of thinking that will help humans find the right path in the future.<br/>