Waking Up



For The Millions Of Americans Who Want Spirituality Without Religion, Sam Harris S New Book Is A Guide To Meditation As A Rational Spiritual Practice Informed By Neuroscience And Psychology.From Multiple New York Times Bestselling 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 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.Waking Up

Sam Harris born 1967 is an American non fiction writer, philosopher and neuroscientist He is the author of The End of Faith Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason 2004 , which won the 2005 PEN Martha Albrand Award, and Letter to a Christian Nation 2006 , a rejoinder to the criticism his first book attracted His new book, The Moral Landscape, explores how science might determine human val Sam Harris born 1967 is an American non fiction writer, philosopher and neuroscientist He is the author of The End of Faith Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason 2004 , which won the 2005 PEN Martha Albrand Award, and Letter to a Christian Nation 2006 , a rejoinder to the criticism his first book attracted His new book, The Moral Landscape, explores how science might determine human values.After coming under intense criticism in response to his attacks on dogmatic religious belief, Harris is cautious about revealing details of his personal life and history He has said that he was raised by a Jewish mother and a Quaker father, and he told Newsweek that as a child, he declined to be bar mitzvahed He attended Stanford University as an English major, but dropped out of school following a life altering experience with MDMA During this period he studied Buddhism and meditation, and claims to have read hundreds of books on religion In an August 21, 2009 appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, Harris stated that he grew up in a secular home and his parents never discussed God He has stated, however, that he has always had an interest in religion.After eleven years, he returned to Stanford and completed a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy In 2009, he obtained his Ph.D degree in neuroscience at University of California, Los Angeles, using functional magnetic resonance imaging to conduct research into the neural basis of belief, disbelief, and uncertainty source, plusinfo

⚡ Waking Up  Books ✪ Author Sam Harris – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Waking Up
  • Sam Harris
  • English
  • 09 October 2018
  • 1451636016

10 thoughts on “Waking Up

  1. says:

    This book is not out yet, but Sam was nice enough to let me read the galley It s fascinating It will surprise a lot of people to learn that this often acerbic atheist in fact has a deep history of meditation practice In this book which is part polemic, part memoir, part pop science he makes the case f...

  2. says:

    After enthusiastically starting this book, I gradually became annoyed, and eventually angry, as it slid on a downward slope to the end This embarrassing work is far beneath what I would have expected from a scholar such as Harris What a surprise it was to find details on the sexual malpractices of spiritual gurus and how to find one that matches your tastes, among other awkward and simplistic information.I had been eagerly looking forward to reading Waking Up after its publication was announ After enthusiastically starting this book, I gradually became annoyed, and eventually angry, as it slid on a downward slope to the end This embarrassing work is far beneath what I would have expected from a scholar such as Harris What a surprise it was to find details on the sexual malpractices of spiritual gurus and how to find one that matches your tastes, among other awkward and simplistic information.I had been eagerly looking forward to reading Waking Up after its publication was announced in Spring 2014 Who better than Harris, the master of rationality, to offer a companion way to...

  3. says:

    This book is bound to ignite another firestorm in the skeptic community around the word spirituality, but it really shouldn t As Harris makes clear from the outset, his interests still lie squarely within the bounds of rational inquiry One need not entertain any spooky metaphysics in order to honestly interrogate the mind and its limits What he does argue, however, is that consciousness is an object of study unlike any other in science because it is both the subject of investigation and t This book is bound to ignite another firestorm in the skeptic community around the word spirituality, but it really shouldn t As Harris makes clear from the outset, his interests still lie squarely within the bounds of rational inquiry One need not entertain any spooky metaphysics in order to honestly interrogate the mind and its limits What he does argue, however, is that consciousness is an object of study unlike any oth...

  4. says:

    A little disappointed with this one Harris basically defines spirituality as the quest to see the ego and the self as illusions, and while that s certainly a worthy goal, it strikes me as a somewhat narrow definition for spirituality, as I personally find spirituality to also include things such as developing a sense of love and compassion towards other people.The book is subtitled A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion In practice, the guide parts consist of a few meditation instructions, A little disappointed with this one Harris basically defines spirituality as the quest to see the ego and the self as illusions, and while that s certainly a worthy goal, it strikes me as a somewhat narrow definition for spirituality, as I personally find spirituality to also include things such as developing a sense of love and compassion towards other people.The book is subtitled A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion In practice, the guide parts consist of a few meditation instructions, some arguments from neuroscien...

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    I have run the gamut in my life from fundamentalist religion to New Age spirituality Once I settled into atheism and critical thinking, I became wary of meditation and all of the religious spiritual trappings that seemed to automatically go with it But I couldn t keep ignoring the science showing that meditation can be useful, once stripped of all of the metaphysical jargon and beliefs Harris explores the science as well as his own personal journey with meditation with ease, humour and depth I have run the gamut in my life from fundamentalist religion to New Age spirituality Once I settled into atheism and critical thinking, I became wary of meditation and all of the religious spiritual trappings that seemed to automatically go with it But I couldn t keep ignoring the science showing that meditation can be useful, once stripped of all of the metaphysical jargon and beliefs Harris explores...

  6. says:

    Much of this was about becoming consciousness and not being distracted by thought, but most of the time I was thinking of other things.

  7. says:

    I received this book through a goodreads sweepstakes It came in the mail a few days ago I couldn t put it down after I opened it All finished reading it within three days I was baptized Catholic and attended a Catholic school through 8th grade I was later confirmed Catholic in high school because that was my grandmother s wish for me The woman is my life, so I do as I m told, but I never really felt like Catholicism was for me Way too strict and judgmental I went to a few other churches I received this book through a goodreads sweepstakes It came in the mail a few days ago I couldn t put it down after I opened it All finished reading it within three days I was baptized Catholic and attended a Catholic school through 8th grade I was later confirmed Catholic in high school because that was my grandmother s wish for me The woman is my life, so I do as I m told, but I never really felt like Catholicism was for me Way too strict and judgmental I went to a few other churches to try those out and none of them really fit me I decided to change from religious to spiritual This book breaks that all down for the reader It makes it easy to see whyandpeople are choosing to be good people because they believe they ...

  8. says:

    My first acquaintance with Sam Harris was through one of the many YouTube snippets in which logically reasoning and science advocating people debates different religious people about the existence of god along with about a million sidetracks Being Swedish, I found this fascinating for a while very few Swedes would ever define themselves as atheists for quite similar reasons why most people do not define themselves as non elf believers I wat...

  9. says:

    It s not long since I ve first come across the word spirituality I ve mostly heard it from people who practice meditation As a beginner I didn t quite understand it This book gave me some good ideas Consciousness is at the core of the book The hard question is this What s consciousness And where does it come from I really enjoyed Sam Harris s reasons and responses to this fundamental question and the wisdom with which he promoted his ideas His philosophical and scientific arguments re It s not long since I ve first come across the word spirituality I ve mostly heard it from people who practice meditation As a beginner I didn t quite understand it This book gave me some good ideas Consciousness is at the core of the book The hard question is this What s consciousness And where does it come...

  10. says:

    A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion sounds great I feel spiritually stunted yet dread the involvement of religion.The book started out great, thoughts on the use of spirituality with some academic references.Sam then says that to be spiritual without religion you need to lose your sense of self He then explores the psychology and brain physiology of self and thinks he shows that the self doesn t exist I followed most of the science, but when the philosophy came into it I was lost.Alr A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion sounds great I feel spiritually stunted yet dread the involvement of religion.The book started out great, thoughts on the use of spirituality with some academic references.Sam then says that to be spiritual without religion you need to lose your sense of self He then explores the psychology and brain physiology of self and thinks he shows that the self doesn t exist I followed most of the science, but when the philosophy came into it I was lost.Alright, Sam, what else do you have to offer Oh, the one true way to do this is to use a Bhuddist meditation technique cutting out the jumbo jumbo Oh, you studied it yourself with your guru for like ever Yeah, this is far from religion How do you do it Hand wavy stuff and you might want to study it yourself Why thanks Sam This really helps out.Oh and now you want to go on about how gurus are often shady characters Really holding up this argument well, Sam.I couldn t deal with any.In summary this is a pamphle...

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