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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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„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/

„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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„If I could wave a magic wand and get rid of either rape or religion, I would not hesitate to get rid of religion.“

— Sam Harris
Context: If I could wave a magic wand and get rid of either rape or religion, I would not hesitate to get rid of religion. I think more people are dying as a result of our religious myths than as a result of any other ideology. I would not say that all human conflict is born of religion or religious differences, but for the human community to be fractured on the basis of religious doctrines that are fundamentally incompatible, in an age when nuclear weapons are proliferating, is a terrifying scenario. Sam Harris, in

„The crazier you get as a Jain, the less we have to worry about you. Jain extremists are paralysed by their pacifism.“

— 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)

„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)

„I don’t know what happens after the physical brain dies. I don’t know what the relationship between consciousness and the physical world is. I don’t think anyone does know.“

— Sam Harris
Context: We just don’t teach people how to grieve. You know, religion is the epitome, the antithesis of teaching your children how to grieve. You tell your child that, “Grandma is in heaven”, and there’s nothing to be sad about. That’s religion. It would be better to equip your child for the reality of this life, which is, you know, we... death is a fact. And we don’t know what happens after death. And I’m not pretending to know that you get a dial tone after death. I don’t know what happens after the physical brain dies. I don’t know what the relationship between consciousness and the physical world is. I don’t think anyone does know. Now I think there are many reasons to be doubtful of naïve conceptions about the soul, and about this idea that you could just migrate to a better place after death. But I simply don’t know about what... I don’t know what I believe about death. And I don’t think it’s necessary to know in order to live as sanely and ethically and happily as possible. I don’t think you get... You don't get anything worth getting by pretending to know things you don't know. Sam Harris, Big Think Sam Harris On Death http://bigthink.com/ideas/3127 (July 4, 2007)

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