Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a good interview from Australian TV of Sam Harris, giving opinions on Trump, identity politics, Islam and free will. Well worth a listen. His incredulity about Trump’s presidency and the impact on truth dissemination is on point.
Can Scientific Data Be Divorced From Broader Cultural Context?
Reading Time: 7 minutes This week’s episode of Sam Harris’ Waking Up Podcast featured a fairly contentious conversation with Ezra Klein. While the conversation included a range of focuses, from my perspective there were two foundational cruces of disagreement. The first of which was over the ability to have a discussion of scientific data absent the broader context of […]
“Happy people never become Nazis.” Sam Harris and David Frum on Trump
Reading Time: < 1 minute This is well worth a listen for so many things. I could sit here and type out the many nuggets, but better you go straight to the horse’s mouth. Stick your comments below about what you think were the most important or interesting talking points. Frum is a Republican conservative who is also highly critical […]
Sam Harris Destroys Trump…Again.
Reading Time: < 1 minute He did it before. He’s nailed it again. I love his turns of phrase and points here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=3yBGE80covk
There’s No Such Thing as Free Will, But we’re better off believing in it anyway.
Reading Time: 6 minutes This is the title of a recent article, by Stephen Cave, in the Atlantic that is worth reading. Let me lay out its basic premises and see if you agree. If you have read any of my books or this blog for very long, you would know that I am a staunch believer that libertarian […]
Sam Harris on Trump – Spot On
Reading Time: < 1 minute This is another must listen. Sam Harris nails it on Trump. This should start at the right moment- but the player is playing up. Go to about 5m19. The section I am talking about is the bit before Harris talks about the recent killings in Orlando and Trump’s reaction to that. [youtube]https://youtu.be/LUTkTzUgcVY?t=5m19s[/youtube]
Dennett, Harris and Free Will
Reading Time: < 1 minute For those who have been unaware of the fascinating conversation between Dan Dennett and Sam Harris in a bar in Banff, here it is. It seeks to bury the hatchet and clear things up over the disagreement that took place a few years ago with regard to Dennett’s review of Harris’ book, and Harris’ subsequent […]
How awesome is our God? He even cares about the littlest things…
Reading Time: < 1 minute “And I want to suggest to you that it is not only tiresome, when otherwise intelligent people speak this way, it is morally reprehensible. This kind of faith is the perfection of narcissism; God loves me, don’t you know? He cured me of my eczema. He makes me feel so good while singing in church. […]
Tom Clark’s Transcript of Sam Harris’ Delusion of Free Will Talk
Reading Time: 16 minutes Tom Clark, or the Center For Naturalism, and someone whom I have interviewed, has created this transcript of the excellent talk given by Sam Harris at the Dangerous Ideas event in Sydney recently. Tom has kindly allowed me to repost it here. It might not be exact, but it serves as a useful resource. I […]
Duval vs Haidt: Moral Foundations Critiqued
Reading Time: 16 minutes [This post is a guest post from Alan Duval] Jonathan has kindly invited me to present my work on the psychology of morality. What follows is largely drawn from my dissertation, which I submitted as part of the requirement for my BSc in psychology. Despite being a psychology dissertation, I did try and bring a […]