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This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Sam Harris offers a vivid historical ...Show synopsisThis important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Sam Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favour of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behaviour and sometimes heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, we can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion -- an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. While warning against the encroachment of organised religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.Hide synopsis
Si, es muy triste saber ya en los 40 aÑos de edad, que hay mucha verdad fuera de los asuntos religiosos, que pocos sabran alguna vez. Estoy sorprendido por lo mucho que las ideas de Harris, se parecen a las que yo desde hace muchos años me vengo haciendo. Es un alivio saber que uno no esta solo en estos asuntos. Que pena que para el mundo hispano no llegue ni la mitad de estas ideas.
The book has false information in some parts but the problem is that Sam seems to claim to be an authority or at times takes for granted the authority of the people he quotes. How I wish there was a way to exchange with him for a rebuttle!
And what else is new here? Nothing. However I wish that was it. The author, probably living in an "ivory tower" of total disconection with the real world, proposes "all religions be eliminated". Or at least that is what he is saying or I am understanding it. I agree that religions have committed mistakes, wars and crimes. However, not all religious believes are that "evil", and not all wars were committed by religious beliefs. To say "eliminate religions and the world will be in peace" sounds to me wishful thinking and childish. Evil goes much farther away from religions and Mr. Harris should know better, but it look like he doesn't.
And the book is too insulting toward Islam's followers. This book is bigoted and prejudiced toward people of any religious persuasions. And only an "idiot" thinks we can get rid of them "permanently". That, Mr. Harris, is not going to happen. Thanks!
this book is a must-read for all people who want to change the world. people like myself who know that peoples religious beliefs are based on erroneous assumptions are given badly-needed facts to counter believers. harris makes the case that the power of these beliefs are responsible for millions of deaths in the past and will be responsible for millions more until they have lost their motivational strength. we need a new way of interpreting scripture(s).
Sam Harris presents awe-inspiring information as to how Christians, Muslims, Jews, & other believers have been tricked for centuries into believing in a higher power. The heavily annotated book really opened my eyes & helped me realize that I am a believer in those things confirmed by reason & scientific evidence. This is my sole reference tool to justify my atheism. The facts speak for themselves.
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