For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harriss 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 contemplativesand, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.Waking Up is part seekers 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 Harrisa scientist, philosopher, and famous skepticcould write it....
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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion Reviews
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, ...more
Ever since the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, Sam Harris has been making the argument that we can no longer afford the luxury of religious belief. In his writings, he has explained his theories about not only why the unproven beliefs of dogma are so dangerous, but also how many of the benefits that religion provides can be found in secular places.
In Waking Up, Harris addresses the issue of what he terms "spiritual" states - altered states of consciousness that can be spontaneous or induce ...more
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 ...more
Try devouring this Buddhist Parable:
"A man is struck in the chest with a poison arrow. A surgeon rushes to his side to begin the work of saving his life, but the man resists these ministrations. He first wants to know the name of the fletcher who fashioned the arrow’s shaft, the genus of the wood from which it was cut, the disposition of the man who shot it, the name of the horse upon which he rode, and a thousand other things that have no bearing upon his present suffering or his ultimate survi ...more
TL;DR the only benefit of meditation is investment justification.
This book made me so very sad, because I like the idea of spirituality without religion. Really, this book is about Vipassana meditation and Buddhism. It's just awful, which I never would have expected from Sam Harris.
Harris starts off with an accusation that "few scientists have developed strong skills of introspection". I've found the opposite to be true, both anecdotally in my personal life and in the biographical literature.
Antes de eu escrever o review, quero dizer o quanto admirei Sam Harris por sua atitude de humildade, tolerância, paciência e cortesia nesse livro. Aposto que ele é um cara super gente boa fora dos livros. Tive sorte esse ano de ler autores que aparentam ser pessoas sensacionais, que eu realmente sinto vontade de ter como amigos. Pessoas que eu me espelho, pelo menos a ideia que tenho delas. Mas vamos lá...
O livro que em seu título diz ser um guia espiritual, é bem pouco disso e mais um tipo de t ...more
I really wanted to like this book, but Sam Harris just can't resist taking so many cheap shots. At points, Waking Up was very interesting and engaging. However, other parts of the book were so bland, boring, and completely anti-religious that I could barely take it.
I personally very much dislike Sam Harris since I've read his email exchange with Noam Chomsky, where he championed state violence. This one I read a while ago, and now I think a review is due. Though I don't like Harris, I admit that this is a good book.
Harris is a notable atheist, one of the 'four horsemen of new atheism'. Unlike this fellow comrades, he was very much interested in spirituality since his adolescence, when he experimented with spiritual drugs. This book is the outcome of his sp ...more