Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values - Sam Harris (Audiobook + E-book)

"Beautifully written as they were (the elegance of his prose is a distilled blend of honesty and clarity) there was little in Sam Harris's previous books that couldn't have been written by any of his fellow 'horsemen' of the 'new atheism'. This book is different, though every bit as readable as the other two. I was one of those who had unthinkingly bought into the hectoring myth that science can say nothing about morals. To my surprise, The Moral Landscape has changed all that for me. It should change it for philosophers too. Philosophers of mind have already discovered that they can't duck the study of neuroscience, and the best of them have raised their game as a result. Sam Harris shows that the same should be true of moral philosophers, and it will turn their world exhilaratingly upside down. As for religion, and the preposterous idea that we need God to be good, nobody wields a sharper bayonet than Sam Harris."
Richard Dawkins

Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists—agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, our failure to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now become the most common justification for religious faith. It is also the primary reason why so many secularists and religious moderates feel obligated to "respect" the hardened superstitions of their more devout neighbors.In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape." Because there are definite facts to be known about where we fall on this landscape, Harris foresees a time when science will no longer limit itself to merely describing what people do in the name of "morality"; in principle, science should be able to tell us what we ought to do to live the best lives possible. Bringing a fresh perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong and good and evil, Harris demonstrates that we already know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, moral relativism is simply false—and comes at increasing cost to humanity. And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality.

Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars," Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation. Amazon

Also watch: Sam Harris on The Daily Show

[E-book - pdf/epub/mobi]
http://www54.zippyshare.com/v/22640962/file.html
or
http://www.ulozto.net/xotgsr4/sam-harris-the-moral-landscape-rar

[Audiobook - 376 MB]
http://www.ulozto.net/xKkfFuW/sam-harris-the-moral-landscape-audiobook-rar

[Buy the book]

4 comments:

Krokben said...

I'm very happy to see the book posted, but it's a little annoying that the audio is a single 7 hour file. I'll keep it for now, but I'm also looking forward to a split file release (possibly at a lower bitrate).

SShendeR said...

Wow!!! Thank you so much! Been looking forward to this book and will buy the original as well soon!

Worth every penny!

Anonymous said...

Can someone re-post the audiobook? I have the ebook and the hardcopy but I'm so illiterate that I need Sam Harris to read this to me. Thanks!

BlindW@cher said...

Done.

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