• Waking Up

  • A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (12,026 ratings)

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Waking Up

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Publisher's summary

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’ new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.

From multiple New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives - and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris - a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic - could write it.

©2014 Sam Harris. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Editor's Pick

Heathens need mindfulness, too
"Sam Harris’s non-religious approach to spirituality is brilliant, exhaustingly researched, erudite, and controversial—and in my opinion, necessary. This is a listen for those of us who are deeply critical of organized religion but also long for respite from the daily, existential anxieties that keep our days stress-filled and our nights fitful. Sam takes tried-and-true mindfulness practices, strips them of everything but their essential, non-hooey components, and painstakingly combines them to create the only approach to meditation that’s ever worked for me."
Sean T., Audible Editor

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