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Atheist” Sam Harris Waking Up is for the 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 ther A little disappointed with this one Harris basically defines spirituality as the uest 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 peopleThe book is subtitled A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion In practice the guide parts consist of a few meditation instructions some arguments from neuroscience and philosophy on why there isn't a unified self and a brief discussion about how psychedelics can provide useful insights to the nature of consciousness The meditation instructions aren't bad but there's also nothing particularly novel about them and only a few of them are provided The neuroscience arguments seemed weak even to someone who believed in the claim that they were trying to establish as did the philosophy for the most part Ken Wilber's No Boundary Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth did the philosophy much better I feel I'm sure that there are people who find the content in this book interesting and novel and there were a few useful nuggets of information but for the most part it was either stuff that I had seen before or stuff that was novel but unconvincingAnd then there is the ranting and endless religion bashing Harris seems to use every possible excuse to attack religion and superstition While I'm an atheist who agrees that religions have plenty of silly beliefs I didn't get this book to read endless rants about their evils Blah blah Christianity prevents people from correctly interpreting their meditative experiences and is generally evil blah blah blah Buddhism is better and has a lot of valuable stuff but still we shouldn't forget that it too has all kinds of silly nastiness blah blah YES I GET IT COULD WE PLEASE GET BACK TO THE TOPIC Oh only for a few paragraphs then you want to get back to the ranting Sigh

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Waking Up A Guide to Spirituality Without ReligionEfore that there is to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allowWaking 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 i 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 why and people are choosing to be good people because they believe they should be instead of because a priest or deacon tells them to be My only complaint is all of the references in the back Of course I had to cross reference a lot of them for information such a sucker for knowledge so that took a little whileGreat book Worth a buy or a rental ENJOY

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mobi ¸ doc Waking Up A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion 9781451636017 ¾ Sam Harris ¾ [Download] ➺ Waking Up A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion By Sam Harris – For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion SamFor the millions of Americans A Guide PDFEPUB #234 who want spirituality without religion Waking Up eBook #209 Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a Up A Guide PDF #205 rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychologyFrom multiple New York Up A Guide to Spirituality ePUB #9734 Times bestselling author neuroscientist and “new 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 compelling philosophical and scientific argument for the benefits of meditation