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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris's new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.

From multiple New York Times bestselling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 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, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

Waking 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.

About the Author

Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in over fifteen languages. Dr. Harris is cofounder 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 PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. Please visit his website at SamHarris.org.

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Talabardio, May 19, 2015 (view all comments by Talabardio)
The subtitle describes this book accurately. Like "The Moral Landscape" Harris is once again exploring, from a thoroughly secular, scientific perspective, areas of thought formerly considered to be the sole province of religious activity. As with his other work, Harris is expectedly articulate, thoughtful and compassionate - the book is a pleasure to read. Harris is to be commended for exploring the depths of human experience without falling back on mythological explanations.
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DANE, November 30, 2014 (view all comments by DANE)
Words like "spirituality" often make atheists cringe but in "Waking Up" Sam Harris succeeds in stripping away the religious/new age connotations. He makes it completely clear that he has no time for talk of deities and holy books but also makes the case for there being something bigger or deeper than what most of us experience on a day-to-day basis. We tend to spend our time chasing momentary pleasures or filling the hours with busy-work but Harris tells us there is ample evidence to suggest there is something deeper within us that we can all access if we are just willing to take the time. Definitely food for thought.
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mikedobbins77, June 11, 2014 (view all comments by mikedobbins77)
This is a review of the marketing of this book, not the book. Serious ethical lapses are occurring in the marketing of this book. This is NOT a traditional spiritual book for "the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion" for Sam Harris has stated on multiple occasions that he doesn't believe in that type of spirituality. I describe this problem in greater detail in an article in The Christian Post. Please read it and learn for yourself before purchasing a book that is being marketed as ONE type of spirituality, when it's actually about a completely different type.
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A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Harris, Sam
Simon and Schuster
Philosophy & Aspects
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