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Sam Harris

Data di nascita: 9. Aprile 1967
Altri nomi:سم هریس

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Sam Harris è un filosofo, saggista e neuroscienziato statunitense.

È l'autore del libro La fine della fede , che ha vinto nel 2005 il PEN/Martha Albrand Award. Ha scritto anche Lettera a una nazione cristiana , una sorta di risposta alle critiche guadagnate dal suo primo libro.

Nel 2007 è diventato cofondatore di Project Reason insieme a sua moglie, Annaka Harris, una fondazione senza scopo di lucro finalizzata alla promozione della conoscenza scientifica e dei valori secolari nel mondo.

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„Considerate, ad esempio, il virus umano papilloma (HPV). Tra le malattie sessualmente trasmesse, ormai HPV è la più comune negli Stati Uniti. Questo virus infetta più della metà della popolazione americana e causa la morte di quasi 5000 donne ogni anno per cancro cervicale; i Centri Per Il Controllo Delle Malattie (CDC) stimano che ogni anno in tutto il mondo muoiono più di 200. 000 persone per questo motivo. Adesso abbiamo un vaccino per l'HPV che sembra sia sicuro e funzionante. Il vaccino ha prodotto il 100% dell'immunita nelle 6000 donne che lo hanno ricevuto in un esperimento clinico. Eppure, i conservatori cristiani nel nostro governo si sono opposti al programma di vaccinazione sostenendo che HPV è utile ad impedire il sesso prematrimoniale. Queste persone pie vogliono mantenere il cancro cervicale come incentivo all'astinenza, anche se sacrifica le vite di migliaia di donne ogni anno. Uno degli effetti più perniciosi della religione è che tende ad allontanare la moralità dalla realtà della sofferenza umana ed animale. La religione induce le persone a pensare che le loro preoccupazioni siano morali quando in realtà non lo sono ― perche non hanno niente a che vedere con la sofferenza e la sua alleviazione. Anzi, la religione fa pensare le persone che le loro preoccupazioni siano morali quando in realta sono altamente immorali ― perché attuarle significa infliggere sofferenze terribili e non necessarie su esseri umani innocenti. Questo spiega perché i cristiani spendano più energia "morale" ad opporsi all'aborto piuttosto che a combattere il genocidio. Spiega perché si preoccupino più degli embrioni umani che della promessa di salvare vite che ci giunge dalle cellule staminali embrionali. E spiega perché possano predicare contro l'uso del preservativo nell'Africa subsahariana quando milioni di persone lì muoiono ogni anno di Aids. Voi Cristiani credete che le vostre preoccupazioni religiose sul sesso abbiano qualcosa a che fare con la moralità. Eppure, i vostri sforzi di porre restrizioni al comportamento sessuale di adulti consenzienti ― e persino di scoraggiare i vostri stessi figli dal fare sesso prima del matrimonio ― non sono quasi mai finalizzati ad alleviare la sofferenza umana. In verità, alleviare la sofferenza sembra essere una delle ultime cose nella vostra lista di priorità.“

—  Sam Harris

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„The God that our neighbors believe in is essentially an invisible person. He’s a creator deity, who created the universe to have a relationship with one species of primates – lucky us.“

—  Sam Harris
Context: The God that our neighbors believe in is essentially an invisible person. He’s a creator deity, who created the universe to have a relationship with one species of primates – lucky us. And he’s got galaxy upon galaxy to attend to, but he’s especially concerned with what we do, and he’s especially concerned with what we do while naked. He almost certainly disapproves of homosexuality. And he’s created this cosmos as a vast laboratory in which to test our powers of credulity, and the test is this: can you believe in this God on bad evidence, which is to say, on faith? And if you can, you will win an eternity of happiness after you die. And it's precisely this sort of god and this sort of scheme that you must believe in if you're going to have any kind of future in politics in this country, no matter what your gifts. You could be an unprecedented genius, you could look like George Clooney, you could have a billion dollars and you could have the social skills of Oprah and you are going nowhere in politics in this country, unless you believe in that sort of god. Sam Harris in debate on ABC Nightline (23 March 2010) "Does God Have a Future?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_kAk2Naz-A&t=1m25s

„It is time we admitted that we are not at war with "terrorism". We are at war with Islam.“

—  Sam Harris
Context: It is time we admitted that we are not at war with "terrorism". We are at war with Islam. This is not to say that we are at war with all Muslims, but we are absolutely at war with the vision of life that is prescribed to all Muslims in the Koran. The only reason Muslim fundamentalism is a threat to us is because the fundamentals of Islam are a threat to us. Sam Harris, "Mired in a religious war", Washington Times (1 December 2004) http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/dec/1/20041201-090801-2582r/

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„These chemicals disclose layers of beauty that art is powerless to capture and for which the beauty of Nature herself is a mere simulacrum.“

—  Sam Harris
Context: I have visited both extremes on the psychedelic continuum. The positive experiences were more sublime than I could have ever imagined or than I can now faithfully recall. These chemicals disclose layers of beauty that art is powerless to capture and for which the beauty of Nature herself is a mere simulacrum. It is one thing to be awestruck by the sight of a giant redwood and to be amazed at the details of its history and underlying biology. It is quite another to spend an apparent eternity in egoless communion with it. Positive psychedelic experiences often reveal how wondrously at ease in the universe a human being can be—and for most of us, normal waking consciousness does not offer so much as a glimmer of these deeper possibilities... But as the peaks are high, the valleys are deep. My “bad trips” were, without question, the most harrowing hours I have ever suffered—and they make the notion of hell, as a metaphor if not a destination, seem perfectly apt. Sam Harris, Drugs and the Meaning of Life http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/drugs-and-the-meaning-of-life/ (5 July 2011)

„Now Jainism actually is a religion of peace. The core principle of Jainism is non-violence.“

—  Sam Harris
Context: "Religion" is a nearly useless term. It's a term like "sports". Now there are sports like Badminton and sports like Thai Boxing, and they have almost nothing in common apart from breathing. There are sports that are just synonymous with the risk of physical injury or even death … There is, I'm happy to say, a religion of peace in this world, but it's not Islam. The claim that Islam is a religion of peace that we hear ceaselessly reiterated is completely delusional. Now Jainism actually is a religion of peace. The core principle of Jainism is non-violence. Gandhi got his non-violence from the Jains. The crazier you get as a Jain, the less we have to worry about you. Jain extremists are paralysed by their pacifism. Jain extremists can't take their eyes off the ground when they walk lest they step on an ant... Needless to say they are vegetarian. So the problem is not religious extremism, because extremism is not a problem if your core beliefs are truly non-violent. The problem isn't fundamentalism. We often hear this said: these are euphemisms... The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam. Sam Harris, Lecture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDMOxjHIt0U at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley (November 10, 2010)

„There is, I'm happy to say, a religion of peace in this world, but it's not Islam.“

—  Sam Harris
Context: "Religion" is a nearly useless term. It's a term like "sports". Now there are sports like Badminton and sports like Thai Boxing, and they have almost nothing in common apart from breathing. There are sports that are just synonymous with the risk of physical injury or even death … There is, I'm happy to say, a religion of peace in this world, but it's not Islam. The claim that Islam is a religion of peace that we hear ceaselessly reiterated is completely delusional. Now Jainism actually is a religion of peace. The core principle of Jainism is non-violence. Gandhi got his non-violence from the Jains. The crazier you get as a Jain, the less we have to worry about you. Jain extremists are paralysed by their pacifism. Jain extremists can't take their eyes off the ground when they walk lest they step on an ant... Needless to say they are vegetarian. So the problem is not religious extremism, because extremism is not a problem if your core beliefs are truly non-violent. The problem isn't fundamentalism. We often hear this said: these are euphemisms... The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam. Sam Harris, Lecture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDMOxjHIt0U at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley (November 10, 2010)

„So the problem is not religious extremism, because extremism is not a problem if your core beliefs are truly non-violent. The problem isn't fundamentalism. We often hear this said: these are euphemisms... The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam“

—  Sam Harris
Context: "Religion" is a nearly useless term. It's a term like "sports". Now there are sports like Badminton and sports like Thai Boxing, and they have almost nothing in common apart from breathing. There are sports that are just synonymous with the risk of physical injury or even death … There is, I'm happy to say, a religion of peace in this world, but it's not Islam. The claim that Islam is a religion of peace that we hear ceaselessly reiterated is completely delusional. Now Jainism actually is a religion of peace. The core principle of Jainism is non-violence. Gandhi got his non-violence from the Jains. The crazier you get as a Jain, the less we have to worry about you. Jain extremists are paralysed by their pacifism. Jain extremists can't take their eyes off the ground when they walk lest they step on an ant... Needless to say they are vegetarian. So the problem is not religious extremism, because extremism is not a problem if your core beliefs are truly non-violent. The problem isn't fundamentalism. We often hear this said: these are euphemisms... The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam. Sam Harris, Lecture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDMOxjHIt0U at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley (November 10, 2010)

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