30 May 2014

Sam Harris and the Language of Spirituality

Sam Harris recently wrote a short blog piece entitled “The Path Between Pseudo-Spirituality and Pseudo-Science.” Sadly, given the magniloquent title, it is primarily another announcement for his forthcoming book, “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion”. However, the title also serves as a reminder of Harris’s position on the subject.

“Few scientists and philosophers have developed strong skills of introspection [meditation] — in fact, many doubt that such abilities even exist. Conversely, many of the greatest contemplatives know nothing about science.” That just about sums it up! How many people can stand with one foot in each culture and converse knowledgeably, with experience of both?

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