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The Moral Landscape

De : Sam Harris
Lu par : Sam Harris
Durée : 6 h et 47 min
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Sam Harris has discovered that most people, from secular scientists to religious fundamentalists, agree on one point: science has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, science’s failure to address questions of meaning and morality has become the primary justification for religious faith. The underlying claim is that while science is the best authority on the workings of the physical universe, religion is the best authority on meaning, values, morality, and leading a good life. Sam Harris shows us that this is not only untrue; it cannot possibly be true.

Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and how it reacts 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.

Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of the cultural war between science and religion, Harris delivers an explosive argument about the future of science, and about the real basis of human relationships.

©2011 Sam Harris (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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A must read

This book will not only help you but the world as well. It's a fascinating approach in the nature of morality and will make you question your own mind and grow into a more rational and nicer person. I know it did for me.

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  • Ryan
  • 14/08/2012

The most important thinker of our time

If you could sum up The Moral Landscape in three words, what would they be?

Probably the most elucidating book ever. The very idea that science can contribute to and has something to say about morality is eye-opening. I recommended this book for my brother who just entered medical school. Harris's arguments are overwhelmingly persuasive and if, God forbid ;), he died today, his contribution to society would have equalled 50,000 lifetimes of ordinary men. Bravo, Mr. Harris. I'm still speechless.

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  • Cate
  • 09/04/2012

Science is the closest thing to finding what moral

Where does The Moral Landscape rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the top books I've listened, and will enjoy repeating the experience again.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Realizing that we have more power, knowledge and vision now to discover and understand fundamental truths about our lives, such as morality, values and spirituality. We're underestimating ourselves and let people from 3000 years ago decide what's wrong and right for us.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02/02/2019

The key to understanding the author's position

This important philosophical work is getting way too little attention. It ought to be presented as a default topic in middle school education across the planet, but sadly the majority of the population will choose to ignore the message, or even find it offensive.

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  • Jónsi
  • 10/10/2018

very interedting

the book was very interesting and provided many very good points. Although I was expecting more mind blowing stuff which might just be my bias.

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  • Radu Antoniu
  • 26/08/2018

Not what I expected

The message of the book is that scientic facts can help answer moral questions. However, Sam doesn't provide concrete examples for how this can be done.

I expected something like this:

Moral question: Should pornography be legal?
The opinions of people today: Yes, because it represents free speech and people should be allowed to express themselves. No, because it's sinful.
Scientific facts: Pornography significantly reduces the well-being of those who watch it and the people who produce it. Porn users are less satisfied in their relationships, have reduced activity in some parts of the brain, are more accepting of of violence towards women, can suffer erectile dysfunction, and consider women less capable and less valuable than men. Children who grow up watching porn have tend to avoid intimacy and have a distorted view of sexuality. All women are affected by pornography because they are increasingly valued based on their looks rather than their skills. Women who discover their spouses watching porn are deeply hurt, some developing post traumatic stress disorder.
Answer to moral question: Research shows pornography reduces the well-being of society in many ways. Therefore, to maximize well-being pornography should not be legal.

This is a concrete example on how science can answer a moral question. I expected the book to be filled with them.

But Sam rather makes a philosophical case for this. Which is alright but a few examples would have been much more convincing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27/04/2018

Does not refute Humeian is/ought distinction

Waste of time, doesn't attempt define "wellbeing" while claiming it's the only worthwhile moral value.

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  • Martin Hellen Schei
  • 22/02/2018

Good!

Interesting! Worth to listen to. Could give you a new perspective on morality and life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/10/2017

FANTASTIC. We, humans, have a long way to go.

Read this book and se how far from perfection we are. We are still very primitive an so preprogrammed by evolution. And most people are not aware of this and therefore the madness Continues.

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  • Petr Kubat
  • 09/09/2017

Weird structure

I like Sam's Waking up podcast so I am quite used to Sam's arguments and his reasoning. And I tend to agree with most of his arguments in general. So I wanted to read this book to have some structured view on this one topic. But this is not it. I found this book to be quite unstructured. Sam spends time arguing his opponents, other ideas or religion, rather than explaining his point of view extensively. Overall I had different expectations and thus I was partly disappointed. But on the other hand I wouldn't say that the book itself is bad. I just like different structure better. Author narrates the book himself which I always like the best. However sometimes the narration was quite quick and also Sam assumes listener/reader already has basic knowledge of philosophy.

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  • Thomas
  • 12/01/2017

the book that changed my life

a wonderful refutation of moral relativism, and the belief that there is a bright line between science and philosophy

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  • Zaphod Beeblebrox
  • 18/06/2015

Great, but...

Great audiobook, great performance by Sam Harris.

...but at least on my version I have some skipping sections, incorrectly edited sentences and weird noises.

Maybe only 4 or 5 in the whole book, but a little disappointing nonetheless.

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  • Paul
  • 02/11/2017

Exzellent

Sam argumentiert eloquent und überzeugend wie man es von ihm gewöhnt ist. Wer sich mit Ethik/Moral beschäftigt sollte dieses Werk gelesen/gehört haben.

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  • Marc Dierckx
  • 25/02/2017

The moral landscape in the antropocene

Sam Harris is an important geographer of our times. He has defined wellbeing as the measure of altitude in the moral landscape and produces the corresponding maps. It is indeed obvious that we are not talking about a flat landscape and position definitely matters independent of perspective. We can also imagine from their visible objective data that some mountains will be higher than others in spite of being shrouded in clouds. Discussion about absolute altitude however misses out on three important elements:

- the erosion of the powerful memes that have shaped and will shape the landscape and which lifespans are often way shorter then we would like them to be.
- that there is no single road to the visible peaks and that some uphill roads will lead to abysses that other downhill roads would avoid.
- that we still need memes, creeds or religions to organize the masses who go ahead in the search of the promised land to avoid manslaughter when a lower peak hides the high peak.

I am certainly not talking about a divine trinity and I hope that the wisdom of the crowds will turn the arguments into a polytheistic or animistic view. In other words an invitation to read this wonderful book about the fact that altitude really matters.

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  • Jens K.
  • 12/02/2019

A book full of great insights

Eye-opening argument for a reason-based approach to morality. In the meanwhile also solves the problem of free will.

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  • RickB
  • 20/07/2018

A "self help" book for society

Brilliantly broad and honest look at where we are now, how we got here and how we could make the future a better one for all.

Does not claim to have all the answers or even to be completely accurate on every matter. Instead provides some simple and useful concepts to improve global wellbeing.

Cannot see how anyone could rationally argue against the core message.

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  • Laney
  • 08/06/2018

Great book bad audio recording (painful sibilance)

The book seems very good for the first part I listen to and Harris reads it well however the audio processing, or rather lack thereof, does not correct for Sam's pretty brutal sibilance. This has the effect of his esses penetrating my ears painfully every few seconds and therefore I was unable to endure very much of it. If the volume isn't loud enough I only hear the occasional ssss ssss ssss and cannot understand what he is saying in my headphones, and if I turn the volume up so that he is intelligible, the esses are painfully loud. Because audible uses an annoying DRM format, I was unable to correct this issue, which would have been trivially easy had it been an MP3. Therefore I was unable to enjoyably listen to this audiobook and shall return it.

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  • Warum_so_wenig_Aktion_gegen_Klimawandel
  • 11/12/2015

Too verbose, not enough essence

Sure, Sam Harris is an educated man and has the vocabulary and the background knowledge to match it. The beautiful package does not contain enough actually new or smart content.
I listened to the first hour, so it might get more interesting, but I doubt it.
I have a fairly elaborated opinion on the subject myself; I personally did not learn anything new or gain anything from the experience.

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