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Publisher Description

New York Times bestselling author 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.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2010
October 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Free Press
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Canada
SIZE
1.4
MB

Customer Reviews

Joel_gh719 ,

The most important book I've read in a long time

A short, but dense read. I'm not quit all the way through the book, but so far it is very good. He has clearly had a chance to think and debate about this subject for a long time, and as a result he has written a very comprehensive argument for his theory.

I have had the chance to take a few ethics courses in my university career, but the subject always got murky when it boiled down to the basic definition of morality. As a result, those classes were interesting, but also unfulfilling. This book has brought new light on what I have learned in the past, and I think I might be a better person for it.

Thank you Sam!

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