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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442359935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442359932
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sam Harris reminds us that awakening does not depend on religious belief. With his usual probing clarity, Sam points out the rational methodology for exploring the nature of consciousness." -- Joseph Goldstein, author of 'Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening' and 'One Dharma' "So entirely of this moment, so keenly in touch with the growing number ... who are willing to say that they do not find the succor they crave, or a truth that makes sense to them, in organized religion." -- Frank Bruni New York Times "Sam Harris ranks as my favourite sceptic, bar none. In Waking Up he gives us a clear-headed, no-holds-barred look at the spiritual supermarket, calling out what amounts to junk food and showing us where real nutrition can be found. Anyone who realizes the value of a spiritual life will find much to savour here - and those who see no value in it will find much to reflect on." Daniel Goleman, Author of 'Emotional Intelligence' and 'Focus' "Harris shows how our egos are illusions [and] how abandoning this illusion can wake us up to a richer life, more connected to everything around us." Jerry Coyne, Professor of Biology at the University of Chicago "Waking Up is an extraordinary book ... It will shake up your most fundamental beliefs about everyday experience, and it just might change your life." Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University

About the Author

Sam Harris’s diversified career has run the gamut from singer and songwriter to actor on Broadway, film, and television to writer, director, and producer. His now legendary performances on TV’s Star Search led to a multi-million selling recording career. Sam has nine studio CDs to his credit and has toured the world in concert, played The White House, Carnegie Hall, with the Boston Pops and with Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors tour. He is also a Tony nominated Broadway star, (The Life, Grease, The Producers) and starred in numerous off-Broadway productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Hair, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, The Jazz Singer and The First Wives Club. Sam was a series regular on the CBS series, The Class, and has appeared on numerous television shows as an actor and also a popular talk show guest on everything from Leno to Oprah to Fallon. Behind the scenes, he created and co-wrote the TBS television series, Down to Earth, the musical Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood!, and Liza’s Back at the Palace, (which won the Tony Award), co-produced the television special Love Letter to New York, and wrote and directed the concert event New York's Finest. He now adds author to his long list of accomplishments with the release of his first book: Ham: Slices of a Life, a collection of essays and stories published by Simon & Schuster. Sam lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Danny, and their child, Cooper. For more information, please visit: SamHarris.com and Facebook.com/SamFans.

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Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His latest book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, will be published 9/9/14.

Mr. Harris's writing has been published in more than 15 languages. His work has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.

Mr. Harris is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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I love Sam Harris and this book is very easy to read as he keeps your interest with his writing style.
Anyone who understands, as Dr. Harris says, that “there are truths about the mind that we are better off knowing” will find this book fascinating.
Rodolfo Pena
A scientific and spiritual window into our mind/brain/body experience without religious dogma that gives clarity to what we call the self.

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320 of 345 people found the following review helpful By Robert Middleton on September 9, 2014
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This is an important book in many ways. Perhaps most important because Sam Harris has, for the past several years, been a strong and outspoken critic of organized religion of all stripes. And one thing Harris can do better than almost anyone else, is make his case both clearly and powerfully without any added garbage.

If you've watched his many videos on YouTube, you know the man can make an argument and stand his ground without wavering one iota. And the depth of his research is impressive. If Harris kept his message in this same vein, he would stay safe and continue to be accepted as a credible spokesman for the atheist perspective for a long time to come.

But did he do that with this book? Not on your life. Harris, makes a whole different argument here, one that many may not be familiar with (but that is on display on his blog posts). Religion may be bunkum, he asserts, but spirituality (which may be the foundation of many religions), is a truly worthy pursuit.

No doubt that a great many atheists are not going to like this one little bit. After all, atheists can sometimes be as narrow-minded as believers. For many, spirituality is seen as practically equivalent to religion. But in this book he makes a strong case that nothing could be further from the truth. And he doesn't make his arguments in a detached, completely intellectual way. Some might say that Harris has bought the spiritual kool-aid hook, link and sinker.

Harris is a long-time (25+ years) meditator, seeker after wisdom, student of a variety of spiritual practices and disciple of various teachers and gurus in several Eastern traditions. He most closely aligns himself with the school of non-duality or the direct path to awakening.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By XMF on December 18, 2014
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I am among a cavalcade of disbelievers when it comes to organized religion, but that doesn't mean I think it's without merit. Religion can provide a sense of community, belonging, and purpose that many other methods of self-actualization cannot. But, for those of us who want that sense of purpose without the attendant dogma, there aren't many places to turn. When I heard that Sam Harris had written a book on spirituality, I was certainly intrigued. I had only heard bits and pieces of his own personal ideology and what I'd got from it was that he was staunchly anti-religion and any of its composite parts (including spirituality). But, after reading this book, I realized that his views on spirituality are based largely on scientific, rational thought that stems from the consciousness. This book is a wonderful exploration of unlocking the consciousness's full potential. It has certainly been transformative for me.

I have also found help in more traditional "self-help" arenas. One book, 27 Quick Life Transformation Tips: Simple & Effective Methods For Making This Your Best Year Ever, has been equally important to my journey as a human being. As the title suggests, the book offers 27 helpful and actionable tips for making quick life transformations. I think we tend to think of life transformations as these long, laborious quests, but you really don't need 10 years to totally turn your life around. The book talks about how to make this year (or any year) the best one ever. I've been able to make concrete changes in my life simply by following some of the easy, step-by-step tips featured in this book.
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184 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 2014
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I grew up in a Christian family and then earned degrees in Philosophy and Neuroscience. As an atheist, I've been mourning the loss of faith for years. Just because you want something to be true, doesn't mean it is. Losing one's faith can definitely leave a hole. This is the book that begins to fill the void and emptiness that I've felt from that loss. Thank you Sam Harris. This book will change lives.
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131 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Ted R on September 9, 2014
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If anything uncontroversial can be said about Sam Harris, it's that his work never fails to inspire strong and colorful opinions from just about everyone who encounters it. Depending on whom you ask, he may be one of the more brilliant thinkers around, a complete hack, or any of a mind-boggling array of subtle gradations in between. All of these views have arguable merit, and there will be many who go into Waking Up with a panoply of preconceived notions about what they might find here. Much has been made of Harris' long-known affinity for meditation and Eastern spirituality, and his perpetual insistence that even the staunchest, most skillful rationalist neglects these at some considerable peril. Another Harris mainstay, most notably exemplified in The Moral Landscape, is a tendency to sharply challenge the conventional wisdom on where the boundaries of scientific inquiry truly lie, in what may at times strike some readers as a maddeningly quixotic attempt to reverse the long-standing unfashionable status of a rather comprehensive form of positivism. It will not shock anyone familiar with the author that Waking Up brings all of these threads together, and the reader's satisfaction with the result, or lack thereof, will follow somewhat predictably, but it would be a mistake to avoid the book on that basis alone.

For those unfamiliar enough with Sam Harris to make much of the preceding paragraph, this volume can be summarized simply enough: it is a warning that most of us are missing important basic facts about how to live well, presented for the rationalist.
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