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Waking Up

Sam Harris & Dan Harris | 56:48

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But briefly, so as many of you know, I've spent the last 10 years worrying out loud about the effects of religion in our world and the way in which it's it's shattered our world and two competing tribes. 


And I've really made it just three arguments. 


On that front. I've argued that that our competing religious doctrines can't possibly be true because of everything we've learned in the last 2000 years. And they're mutually incompatible as well. So this was Bertrand Russell's brilliant insight that if you even if we knew we were faced with God's multiple choice exam, and we knew that one of the answers Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam was correct. 


Still, most people should expect damnation because they just can't. These are mutually incompatible ideas, and there's just no way they're all true. The other thing I've argued is that is that they're, these beliefs are unbalanced harmful, because they just divide humanity from itself in ways that generate conflict. 


And then finally, I've argued that that the good things people think they need from religion can be had in other ways and in ways that that don't pose a problem for understanding the world scientifically, and don't divide us in sectarian ways. 


So my this book is really my effort to continue that third argument a little further and show that we can have rich spiritual lives and and seek out and experience the the furthest reaches of the continuum of human wellbeing, without believing anything on insufficient evidence and without paying lip service to the idea that we need to maintain some sectarian affiliation and some fascination with mythology and some pseudo scientific assumptions in order to get that project started.


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