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Sam Harris Videos
Sam Harris giving a lecture at the 2007 Atheist Alliance International Conference about the problem with atheism, the need to use reason, and the usefulness of meditation. The first part is about the word "atheist." The section on meditation begins at 23:25.
Sam Harris at the 2007 Atheist Alliance International Sam answers audience questions about atheism, dualism, spirituality, consciousness, and meditation at the 2007 Atheist Alliance International Conference. Sam replies adeptly to the last question posed by Dan Dennett (an admitted practitioner of TM) toward the end of the video about whether it's necessary to spend so much time meditating.
Sam Harris discusses right and wrong and morality Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
Sam Harris on the need to talk about religion Sam Harris talks about the importance of openly debating and discussing religious views as the most important means to affect a positive impact on the world. Considering all of the ways in which religion negatively affects us, if we could change our religious beliefs, it would have the most far-reaching impact on humanity of anything we could do. He posits that religious moderation is a roadblock to progress, and recommends reason and intellectual honesty as the best guide for religious discussion.

"Whatever is true spiritually and ethically about our circumstance...there is no doubt there are spiritual truths...there are spiritual experiences human beings can have...and there are ethical truths. Whatever is true about that has to transcend culture; it has to transcend our cultural differences. There's a reason why we don't talk about Christian physics and Muslim mathematics. It's because an experiment run here and in Bagdad actually works in both places if it's teasing out something fundamental about the nature of the universe. That is true ethically; that is true spiritually." -- Sam Harris

Sam Harris discusses misconceptions about atheism

Misconceptions about Atheism
July 4, 2007
Aspen Ideas Festival

"There's nothing that prevents an atheist from going into a cave for a year or a decade practicing meditation like a proper mystic. What atheists don't tend to do is make unjustified or unjustifiable claims about the cosmos based on those experiences." -- Sam Harris

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The Future of God
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