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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Harris, Sam

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ISBN: 1451636024     ISBN-13: 9781451636024
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2015
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Annotation: A guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology considers how to learn from the examples of religious sages and saints from a secular and philosophical perspective without formally committing to religion. 100,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Spirituality.
Irreligion.
BISAC Categories:
- Science | Philosophy & Social Aspects
- Social Science | Sociology Of Religion
- Body, Mind & Spirit | Inspiration & Personal Growth
Dewey: 204
LCCN: bl2015023304
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.50 lbs) 245 pages
 
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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 August #2)

Expanding upon concepts posited in The End of Faith and Free Will, neuroscientist Harris draws from personal contemplative practice and a growing body of scientific research to argue that the self, the feeling that there is an "I" residing in one's head, is both an illusion and the primary cause of human suffering. Through meditation, this illusion can be extinguished, resulting in a deep sense of personal well-being regardless of circumstances, and also in compassionate and ethical behaviors toward others. The reality of such self-transcendence has been hitched to unwarranted claims about the nature of the universe by persons of faith and denied outright by most atheists and skeptics. The great value and novelty of this book is that Harris, in a simple but rigorous style, takes the middle way between these pseudoscientific and pseudo-spiritual assertions, cogently maintaining that while such contemplative insights provide no evidence for metaphysical claims, they are available, and seeing them for ourselves leads to a profoundly more salubrious life. Agent: Anne Edelstein, Anne Edelstein Literary Agency. (Sept.)

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