For the millions of people who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’ new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.
From best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the increasingly large numbers of people 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 sceptic - could write it.
©2014 Sam Harris (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2014, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks
insightful, with a bit of bios towards NDE & mantras
practical ideas on meditation. highly recommended
narrator sam is not good reader. but content is too good to worry about reader
Harris eloquently articulates what I have experienced and known to be true for many years; that there is a profoundly beautiful and transcendent alternative to blind religious observance that is accessible to us all. To the religious and atheist alike, I say you owe it to your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you to read and comprehend this book.
Finally, a spiritual guide in an honest reading. As usual Sam has left no stone unturned and has delivered in detail the pros and cons for anyone who is seriously seeking in understanding and producing life changing experiences.
Good attempt to tease out the nature of consciousness. The author professes to take a non-religious path. However he still uses his own Buddhist doctrinal leanings (eg not-self as axiomatic of the experiential knowledge of consciousness) as a lens to view consciousness. It is difficult to escape the hermeneutic context and so it may not be a fair criticism.
We will look back on this book as one of the most profound and important books of the 21st century. Sam Harris' arguments are as profound as they are valid, and his expression of the ideas are eloquent.
Simply great. A balanced, useful, contemporary synthesis of philosophy, neuroscience, and contemplative methodology.
Sam Harris is possibly the most reasonable man alive.
"Sam Harris has outdone himself"
Great writing by a great mind.
As usual Harris offers a new perspective on things, one which would have been extremely difficult to arrive by oneself.
Thanks Sam, I've enjoyed it thoroughly.
Literally life changing. I don't think I've said that of any book or movie just read it.
"This is Important."
Possibly one of the most important book you can read about spirituality today.
Performance wise is also top level. I have read Sam's books and follewed him for some time on YT, blog and podcasts. I knew the book will be of the highest quality but the audiobook somehow enhanced the experience even more. Listening to Sam's voice is so much better than merly reading the book in your own voice inside your head...
This is an ultimate journey to spirituality guided by one of the most important figure in line of scientific and spiritual/religion field.
You simply cannot afford to miss it.
"A solid case for a reasonable spirituality"
Sam makes a strong and well-argued case for a a thoroughly reasonable spirituality with his uniquely humorous sober candour. He gently nudges you in to a desire to explore..
"The way ahead"
Excellent - but not quite a how to do it. I'm still in the departure lounge, but maybe that was Sam Harris's aim.
"The most important book of the modern era"
It should be a legal requirement that young adults read this book. Harris calmy tears apart the very foundation of what people think it is to experience life.
Beyond the clear and eloquent discussion on spirituality from a scientific perspective, Sam Harris' discourse on consciousness is presented with the open-mindedness and scientific rigour one would expect from him.
I was already on his side as it were before the listen, but also as usual there are many passages of worthy insights to take from Sam's experiences.
Clear, concise, enlightening this is a must read for those becoming aware of their journey.
"Thought changing, life changing. Informative"
Sams reading lends itself well to the subject matter. I'm very glad he was the one to read it. I've not looked greatly into meditation before but have had slight but not mindful interest in it. I've seen slight changes in my mood whilst enjoying this book over the past week, possibly due to a concious effort to be more mindfull of moods during my waking life. Only a couple of times did I try some nornal meditation, which was interesting though I'm unsure if I just fell asleep as I forgot where i was for a time it was just nothingness, so i think it was asleep and not actual mediation. Anyway I will continue to be mindfull and would like to thank sam Harris for his honesty and logical thinking. Not being scared off from topics that might cause most to stear away. Very much appreciated. I would say if your sceptical, its a good reason to try this book.
"Thank you Sam Harris"
This book is truly brilliant, Sam's idea that a spiritual life can be enjoyed in a secular way is as beneficial as it is important. I don't know if you will ever read this Sam but thank you for helping me sort through the knots in my mind and find peace.
I listened to this while reading the physical book and it was fantastic all round.
This is a useful and clear eyed look at spiritual practice, meaning the phenomenological understanding of consciousness. Having dealt with these issues personally for 15 years and sharing Sam's sensibility it's a good listen.
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