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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

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  • Title: Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
  • Author: Sam Harris
  • ISBN: 9781451636017
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. 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, plus info

  2. 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 for a spirituality he doesn t like the word, per se, but points out that there are sadly no other options divorced from religion Whether or not, you agree with his views on faith, Sam makes a compell [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. 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 the tool [...]

  5. 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, som [...]

  6. 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 It [...]

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

  8. I received this book through a 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 a [...]

  9. 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 watched a bunch of these, until my fascination with the pow [...]

  10. 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 regarding the [...]

  11. 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, S [...]

  12. This review concerns the MARKETING of the book, not the book Serious ethical lapses are occurring in the marketing of this book This is NOT a traditional spiritual book for the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion as the description states for Sam Harris has stated on numerous occasions that he DOESN T BELIEVE in that type of spirituality Still, this book is being marketed to spiritual people VERY Disappointed in Sam Harris for putting profit over people and his ethics I [...]

  13. 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.The thes [...]

  14. Sam could have made his argument in just a few pages I do really like his writing style, so I still enjoyed reading this I just kept waiting for him to really apply what he was writing about He went on and on about how beneficial mediation is, especially dzogchen, and how important it is to be taught exactly how to do it, instead of being taught in metaphor But then he never talked about how to actually do it Maybe that was outside the scope of his book I was also looking forward to the chapter [...]

  15. 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.

  16. I did not sleep much last night but I read this book during the dark hours and finished it this morning I m inspired On the bottom of page 43, Sam says, I make no claims in support of magic or miracles in this book HE SHOULD Miracles would manifest in the world if enough people read this book.On the same page bottom of page 43 , Sam goes on to say, However, I can say that the true goal of meditation is profound than most people realize and it does, in fact, encompass many of the experiences th [...]

  17. This is not a very long book only 206 pages in hardback, or 5 hours on audiobook but it took me a while to finish it For every minute I spent reading, I spent another 2 minutes thinking about what I d just read And some of it just sailed past me, no matter how hard I tried to understand it Harris is a clear writer, one of the clearest, so I have to assume my own cognitive limitations are at fault and not his power of explanation Still, I can t quite grant a full 5 stars to a book that I didn t f [...]

  18. ensuingchapters 2014 09 29Waking Up A Guide to Spirituality without ReligionSam HarrisMy anticipation for the new Sam Harris book turned to anxiety when I learned it would be about spirituality Was the firebrandtype philosopher and scientist co founder of Project Reason and author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation changing teams Nah.Perhaps a better title for this book, though, would be The Atheist s Guide to Meditation.At its core, Waking Up is about mindfulness, and as a fel [...]

  19. The hard question is what is consciousness In the past we had Leibniz s monads and Descarte s homunculus unsatisfactorily explaining consciousness Cogito ergo sum gave western thought the mistaken impression that there is a single self inside the brain The author suggests another path for understanding the hard question namely gaining self awareness of our non existence through meditation from which one can discover the illusion of the self which leads the individual to enlightenment and the rea [...]

  20. 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 induced by t [...]

  21. 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 survival [...]

  22. So Sam Harris felt the need to publish a book that states, without novel argument, what everyone already knew One that doubles as a guide to being a dipshit dogmatist on the irreligious side of the binary He also deems it necessary to inform us right off the bat of his mind expansion under the influence of MDMA Which, man, at least begin the book by talking about a non stupid psychedelic if you re going to rant about this transformative event in your life that pretty much exactly parallels every [...]

  23. If you are looking for the meaning of spirituality beyond religion, this is the right book to read If you find religious spirituality illusional, that doesnt mean spirituality doesnt exist Alot of people think that with the progress of science religion dies, thus spirituality must also die But once you realize what is spirituality and its independence of a religion or personal god, you will realize that its necessary for a better understaing of existence and science We often think we are a one w [...]

  24. I used to think that good friends, a purposeful life, and a healthy reverence for the wonders of the universe were sufficient replacements for everything that traditional religion could provide, and anything offered beyond that was either pure superstition or plain old happiness gussied up in fancy language Having finished Waking Up, I m no longer comfortable giving such a dismissive and self satisfied answers to The Big Questions of spirituality and meaning After a broad overview of his mission [...]

  25. A book written for atheists in a christian nation Sam wants to assure his readership that he still belongs with them and with Dawkins and Hitchens and Sagan even as he takes a step further and talks about Spiritual Awakening He wants to suggest that there is nothing irrational about spirituality the way he defines it Problem is He isn t the greatest explorer of spirituality The question for me was why should I trust you to tell me that astrology is bullshit and ghosts do not exist but love is th [...]

  26. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing no rithmatic , movies, TV Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here Graphic and children s novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book s interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don t really do stars To me a book is either worth reading or it isn t I can t rate a book three fifths [...]

  27. Wow Where to begin This book is extremely cerebral Sam is a clearly a skeptic towards many things related to spirituality, which is fine, but his extreme judgment toward various religions comes seeping through his text That is, except for Buddhism, which he often seems to put on a pedestal I felt disillusioned by the book, based on the cover It should have said this was a philosopher s guide to spirituality And how true that is Make sure you re awake and a pot of coffee before reading He writes [...]

  28. 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 spiritua [...]

  29. I read a lot of material from the famous team of 4 atheists Hitchens, Dennett, Dawkins, Harris a while back, when most of their incendiary books came out, but lately, I realized that I didn t read that much from Harris I don t know why exactly When this book was announced, I was really thrilled because spirituality as an atheist is something that is almost never discussed I really enjoyed reading Harris on meditation, and on consciousness While I found that the part on meditation wasn t explicit [...]

  30. Antes de eu escrever o review, quero dizer o quanto admirei Sam Harris por sua atitude de humildade, toler ncia, paci ncia e cortesia nesse livro Aposto que ele 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 l O livro que em seu t tulo diz ser um guia espiritual, bem pouco disso e mais um tipo de texto de dis [...]

  31. Expecting a self help handbook on meditation, I was surprised to discover that Harris has a different agenda in this book The opening chapters are thick with reports of scientific research on the subject of consciousness Not surprisingly, he finds that there is little known about consciousness beyond our subjective experience of it We don t know how or when it first appeared in human evolution, what purpose it is meant to serve, or where it is located in the brain.An avowed atheist, Harris prefe [...]