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.

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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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Ok.

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

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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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good content, poor audio quality

gives you a lot to think about in just 30min but it sounds like they called Sam, recorded the call and used that for this

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Another short sided and ignorant book from harris

For someone who pretend to be academic, he sure is blind to reality, the ironic part is that, he's even more ignorant, short minded and biased than all those religions he constantly throw hatred and lies toward

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Terrible audio quality.

Sam is great. But this recording hurt my ear. Hope it can be fixed or remastered.

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Love Sam Harris

his logic and reason are a refreshingly honest view towards the evolving human culture we witness via the media

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Food For Atheist

Sam is one of the Four Horsemen of atheism ,so, as I believe in our Almighty God, to get feedback from the other side is always interesting to analyze. I wonder about his two small children, will they ever have a chance to look into their fathers neuroscience brain and decide for themselves? I give God a 50-50 chance.!

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Fantastic listen!!

Sam Harris logically and systematically destroys the fallacy that morality is the sole property of only those who subscribe to a religion. There are so many incredibly well articulated points that anyone searching for an alternative to a moral life without the incumbencies of religious dogma and magical thinking.

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A good summary given by the author, good pre cursor before reading the actual book