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The Passing of Sam Harrris

Posted by rfrieden on April 30, 2007

I was greatly saddened by an unconfirmed report of the death of noted author Sam Harris. Harris, a self-proclaimed atheist, recently appeared on the Colbert Report. According to Mr. Colbert, he was talking to Mr. Harris during a commercial break when ” a crack in the earth opened and he was swallowed up whole”.


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Sam Harris

Posted by rfrieden on April 11, 2007

Humanity faces challenges of unprecedented scale and scope. Global warming, weapons of mass destruction…it’s a long list. Meeting these challenges will require thoughtful public debate, difficult decisions and a great deal of compromise. Too often religion impedes debate, polarizes the process of making informed policy decisions and makes compromise impossible. Whereas we ordinarily would criticize a person who advocates an irrational point of view or who refuses to compromise, they are granted a pass if their view falls under the blanket protection afforded religion.

Sam Harris believes this is a luxury we can no longer afford. I agree. Mr. Harris is the author of “A Letter to a Christian Nation” which was a New York Times best seller. I recommend this book and encourage people to listen to what he has to say. A good place to go for a summary his work is his web site. I recommend his talk at the Idea City conference. This page on his web site lists all of his videos.

Another video which is not listed on his site is a debate with Reza Aslan in Los Angeles on 1/25/2007. I found the debate to be very disappointing.

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