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Now in paperback, the bestselling The Moral Landscape is a "thrilling, audacious book, you feel the ground shifting beneath your feet. Reason has never had a more passionate advocate." (Ian McEwan)

In his explosive new book, Sam Harris, the author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation, tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, urging us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, and to see the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape."

Bringing a fresh perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris demonstrates that we already know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, moral relativism is simply false — and comes at increasing cost to humanity. Nor do the Religious fundamentalists have it right. Just as there is no Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality.

Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars," Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.

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Sam Harris's first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people — from religious fundamentalists to non-believing scientists — agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the primary justification for religious faith.

In this highly controversial book, Sam Harris seeks to link morality to the rest of human knowledge. Defining morality in terms of human and animal well-being, Harris argues that science can do more than tell how we are; it can, in principle, tell us how we ought to be. In his view, moral relativism is simply false — and comes at an increasing cost to humanity. And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars," Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.

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Bestselling author Sam Harris dismantles the most common justification for religious faith — that a moral system cannot be based on science.

About the Author

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The Moral Landscape, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. Mr. Harris' writing has been published in over fifteen languages. He and his work have been discussed in Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere. Mr. Harris is a Co-Founder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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Mark Joseph, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Mark Joseph)
I read a number of books this year that together help to refute the claims of religion and creationism--Hitchens' "The Portable Atheist," Dawkins' "The Magic of Reality," Carroll's "The Making of the Fittest," Prothero's "Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters," and two more books of Stephen Jay Gould's essays. Any of these could have topped my list of non-fiction books this year. But, I've chosen Sam Harris' book, because it is the only book I know on its topic, and undercuts a common, though blatantly false religious argument--that religion is necessary for morality. Making such a claim is only possible if one has a weak understanding of morality, or an overwrought opinion as to the value of religion, or both, and Harris shreds the argument, as well as providing a much more positive and useful theory of morality, based on neurobiology and on generally accepted facts about people and society.

One reviewer said that this book was not the last word in neurobiology and morality/ethics, and he's right, but it's a great beginning, and a worthy book to stand alongside Harris' amazing "The End of Faith."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439171226
Author:
Harris, Sam
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Subject:
end of faith, letter to a christian nation, waking up, atheism, christopher hitchens, god is not great, richard dawkins, god delusion, penn jilette
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
index; notes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Sam Harris's first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people — from religious fundamentalists to non-believing scientists — agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the primary justification for religious faith.

In this highly controversial book, Sam Harris seeks to link morality to the rest of human knowledge. Defining morality in terms of human and animal well-being, Harris argues that science can do more than tell how we are; it can, in principle, tell us how we ought to be. In his view, moral relativism is simply false — and comes at an increasing cost to humanity. And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars," Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.

"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author Sam Harris dismantles the most common justification for religious faith — that a moral system cannot be based on science.
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