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read í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ì Sam Harris E 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 it. 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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free read Waking Up A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB å ❰Reading❯ ➿ Waking Up A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion Author Sam Harris – For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion For the millions of Americans who want spirituality A Guide PDF #10003 without religion Waking Up PDF Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a Up A Guide Kindle #211 rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychologyFrom multiple New York Up A Guide to Spirituality PDFEPUBTimes bestselling author neuroscientist and “new atheist. 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 suarely within the bounds of rational inuiry 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 we're using to investigate A healthy portion of the book is spent fending off the attacks Harris anticipates from his less experience hungry colleagues in the scientific community spirituality is a term too loaded down with religious baggage mystics and contemplatives are all on some level lying about the depth of their experiences and the entire enterprise is ripe for fraud Harris is uite willing to grant some ground to these objections but having spent a serious span of his life on meditation retreats experimenting with mind altering drugs and exploring the possibilities of consciousness he insists that there really is a there there And scientists would be well served not to dismiss it out of handBy the final pages Harris has made a strong case with his usual verbal flair All of us scientists included should be eager to openly and honestly explore consciousness because that's all that could ever really matter And unlike so many self help books Waking Up suggests that the answer doesn't rest in learning and about the self but rather in dissolving it and noticing that the thing that thinks our thoughts cannot be identical with the thoughts themselves While the program put forward in the book and likely the online courses set to begin this September is a daunting one it's extremely hard to argue with Harris' reasoning Who doesn't want to be happier less neurotic and at home in one's own mind

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Waking Up A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion” 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 therefor. My first acuaintance 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 uite similar reasons why most people do not define themselves as non elf believers I watched a bunch of these until my fascination with the power of human self delusion was exhausted and the fascination with Harris' and his team mates patiences was long gone and I will probably never have to watch another I've also never picked up a book by any of the knowledgeables Harris Hitchens Nye Dawkins much for the reason that I know beforehand that I will agree on most counts and the compelling powers of logical reasoning in themselves are not enough to keep interest up for a lengthy text or so I've always thought Harris and Neil deGrasse Tyson did stand out from the rest of the debate willing sceptics yes I do know this is not all these guys do by discussing about how peoples' different beliefs affects all of us from immediate family all the way through globally short term long term and impact on development economics humanitarian personal freedom and many other levels Some debating 'atheists' seem uite content with discussing the plausibility of talking snakes or likewise conversing burning bushes or the possibility of building an impossibly large wooden boat and sail on it for an extended time carrying two of every species on earth This is why I have been a bit interested and learned a bit about and from these twoAnd so I was excited to happen upon this book a scientific and philosophical exploration of the self and that far it's great Chapter 2 The Mystery of Consciousness had some very interesting ideas and information all expressed in Harris' usual elouent and impeccable style and Chapter 3 The Riddle of the Self had me largely spellbound Unfortunately then the fun ended and a how to guide for transcendence or the second half of this book contains much to my chagrin some of the same logical discrepancies or at least the missing arguments for much of the theories and practises taught that he himself has consistently accused his religious counterparts First the author does not offer a single piece of argument much less evidence before he jumps head first into the art of meditation Long story short we don't know what thoughts are how they come to be how they work or why we have them But we know that they spin around in our heads every waking hour And therefore it must be right to try to turn off the flow right Wrong You just jumped the first four uestions and they should really be answered before the solutionSo now un persuaded that I should really meditate for some unclear reasons lots of the remaining text got less interesting But that's not the worst Harris being a meditation fan can't really avoid fan boying the masters of this trade Problem is that the masters do seem to be lacking Being an enlightened and ridiculously wise and 'good' person would it be too much to ask that you refrain from sexually abusing your protégés Or show a basic understanding of what they are used to or the codes and ways of the society they where brought up in Do we really need Sam Harris acting apologist to a bunch of men always that are by undisclosed standards above the rest of us but that are in the cold light of reasoning obviously as clueless as most of us No that stinks in my opinion If meditation for some yet unproven reason is what an animal brought forward by millions of years of evolution must do to keep sane is there one piece of information that leads us to believe that a Tibetan monk or an Indian outcast is the go to authority on the subject Asking an old guy talking in riddles and surprising by obviously having it together in some respects but sounding like a charlatan in the next instant does this remind anyone of anything If Harris meant this to be any sort of primer he failed miserably Nowhere in this book did I find the reason to why I should strive to turn off my conscious thoughts often by focusing on physical phenomena such as how the bench of choice feels against my buttocks or worrying very much about breathing for hours on end Breaking negative thought cycles and breaking free from disabling pondering I'm convinced is a good idea from a psychological and personal experience viewpoint Some people like fishing I'm into euine therapy myselfTwo thought provoking and great chapters unfortunately that leaves than half of this book with a lot to be wished for