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inane ranting

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-2018

have loved other banks works but this was like the random and dislocated diary of a madman started all over the place ended nowhere at all waited all that time for it to begin never happened

A great start..

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-2017

Universal human experience, Universal human experience, Universal human experience, USA, Universal human experience, USA, Universal human experience, USA, USA, USA, GOD, USA, GOD, GUNS, USA, USA... USA, USA, USA... USA, USA... USA! ..after all, who else is there? I can only imagine what it is like to be living through the redneck revival in America, and how much it must be dominating everyone's consciousness. But the world contains 7b people - with less than 5 percent of those being American. You have a global audience. Take the blinkers off! I love Brene Brown's work, the opening even brought tears to my eyes, but after cleaning out a few rats and mice here there are clearly still a couple of elephants in the room. You need a very good 'parochiality filter'. Christian + scientist etc. Anywhere on earth outside the southern US you actually have to choose. I basically purchased this book for my Japanese friend who lives in New Zealand, who I think really needs to hear this message, but who doesn't know anything about American social/political embarrassment. I ended up not passing it on.

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Sam Harris for President!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-2017

Wonderful! My only criticism here would be in relation to the central crux of the suggested teaching espoused here being posed as a 'secret' or as necessarily an 'individual initiation' of some kind. This smacks of mysticism, whereas I'm quite sure that just like every other so called unfathomable aspect of life, this one too will eventually be penetrated fully. So - Even if it were like a jigsaw puzzle that had different pieces to fit different people or states, why not just provide the entire box and let people do the rest for themselves? Anything is better than making a sales pitch for some obscure Buddhist monastery in the other side of the world. That is just ridiculous. The maintenance of mysticism in this way is, IMHO, merely a failure to fully grasp the systems involved, in their necessary complexity. It is also exactly the sort of crucial gap that we have come to expect Sam to bridge, rather than shy away from. After all, in this case, that one missing piece rests right at an explosive threshold. I'm quite sure that this is a cop-out of epic proportions, and that future (more robust and penetrating) explorations of the mechanics associated will make this 'almost but not quite' stance plainly embarrassing. Nevertheless - Sam Harris gives me hope that the USA is not actually a lost cause (just yet anyway). Therefore, this remains an unfinished book in my opinion (so close but yet so far etc) - and yet, even in this state, it is already one of my favorite books of all time, from any author. It deserves to be a 'best seller'. Just one more yard, however, and it would have been a 'game changer'. Yay, and Alas.