This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs ...
are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes-heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, we can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion; an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.
This is a very important book, and not only because Dawkins says so. It contains all the intellectual weapons that can (and have to) be used against religion as expression of collectivity and moral of a society. It should be mandatory for everybody
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6 mesi fa"and not only because Dawkins says so" mi ha conquistato! :-)
The most reasonable book I have ever read. Many atheists miss the point, and consequently religious people do not have the proper view of atheism. Harris' clear writing rectifies this and speaks out on issues that have become taboo in our society.
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Throwing my fist in the air with most of this stuff - why are sensible people sucked into religion? It's the absolute denial of all that is best about being human - one's reason. Spirituality is fine, but God? what a waste of energy and effort to
..." believe the patently absurd and contradictory and contralogical and contraexperiential stuff of religion. God is an unnecessary complication. Relgious belief in the afterlife is postively dangerous to the survival of the human race - if muslim fundamentalists and terrorists get nuclear weapons, the world will shortly end and they would be happy with that. I wouldn't.Continua...Nascondi