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Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science’s failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith. The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life. Sam Harris shows us that this is not only untrue; it cannot possibly be true.

Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and how it reacts 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.

Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of the cultural war between science and religion, Harris delivers an explosive argument about the future of science, and about the real basis of human relationships.

©2011 Sam Harris (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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Great, but...

Great audiobook, great performance by Sam Harris.

...but at least on my version I have some skipping sections, incorrectly edited sentences and weird noises.

Maybe only 4 or 5 in the whole book, but a little disappointing nonetheless.

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Exzellent

Sam argumentiert eloquent und überzeugend wie man es von ihm gewöhnt ist. Wer sich mit Ethik/Moral beschäftigt sollte dieses Werk gelesen/gehört haben.

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The moral landscape in the antropocene

Sam Harris is an important geographer of our times. He has defined wellbeing as the measure of altitude in the moral landscape and produces the corresponding maps. It is indeed obvious that we are not talking about a flat landscape and position definitely matters independent of perspective. We can also imagine from their visible objective data that some mountains will be higher than others in spite of being shrouded in clouds. Discussion about absolute altitude however misses out on three important elements:

- the erosion of the powerful memes that have shaped and will shape the landscape and which lifespans are often way shorter then we would like them to be.
- that there is no single road to the visible peaks and that some uphill roads will lead to abysses that other downhill roads would avoid.
- that we still need memes, creeds or religions to organize the masses who go ahead in the search of the promised land to avoid manslaughter when a lower peak hides the high peak.

I am certainly not talking about a divine trinity and I hope that the wisdom of the crowds will turn the arguments into a polytheistic or animistic view. In other words an invitation to read this wonderful book about the fact that altitude really matters.

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  • Laney
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  • 08.06.2018

Great book bad audio recording (painful sibilance)

The book seems very good for the first part I listen to and Harris reads it well however the audio processing, or rather lack thereof, does not correct for Sam's pretty brutal sibilance. This has the effect of his esses penetrating my ears painfully every few seconds and therefore I was unable to endure very much of it. If the volume isn't loud enough I only hear the occasional ssss ssss ssss and cannot understand what he is saying in my headphones, and if I turn the volume up so that he is intelligible, the esses are painfully loud. Because audible uses an annoying DRM format, I was unable to correct this issue, which would have been trivially easy had it been an MP3. Therefore I was unable to enjoyably listen to this audiobook and shall return it.

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Too verbose, not enough essence

Sure, Sam Harris is an educated man and has the vocabulary and the background knowledge to match it. The beautiful package does not contain enough actually new or smart content.
I listened to the first hour, so it might get more interesting, but I doubt it.
I have a fairly elaborated opinion on the subject myself; I personally did not learn anything new or gain anything from the experience.

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