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Waking UpBy Sam Harris

In a Nutshell

At a time when 20% of Americans consider themselves 'spiritual but not religious,' Waking Up asks whether a solidly secular perspective can still embrace the unknown.

Favorite Quote

It is always now. This may sound trite, but it is the truth. There is nothing more important to understand if you want to be happy in this world.

Sam Harris


Whatever our belief system, most of us have found ourselves wondering about the big questions – the meaning of life, the search for happiness, whether there's a higher power.

Throughout mankind's existence, the answers have been provided by traditional religion – but how do we address them in modern and pluralistic societies?

Neuroscientist, author, and co-founder of the non-profit Project Reason, Sam Harris has been dubbed by some as the 'High Priest of American atheism.'

In this book, Harris considers whether our search for universal truths has a value that transcends particular belief systems.

Waking Up examines concepts such as spirituality, consciousness, and transcendence, sharing the author's own extensive experience both with and without assistance from mind-altering substances.

With characteristic wit and rigor, Harris manages to find his own 'middle way' between religious practice and modern science.

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