Sam Harris’ writings and scholarship cover a wide range of topics, from neuroscience and moral philosophy to religion, violence and human reasoning, with a focus on how our growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.

Why you should listen

Harris is an outspoken proponent of skepticism and science, and several of his books have become bestsellers. In The End of Faith, Harris gave a harrowing glimpse of humanity’s willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when these beliefs inspire atrocities. After receiving thousands of angry letters in response, he wrote Letter to a Christian Nation, which centered on religious controversies in the US such as stem cell research and intelligent design. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. He is working on a book about the ethics of artificial intelligence.

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“Read Sam Harris and wake up.” — Richard Dawkins

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Organizing principles: Notes from Session 5 of TEDSummit

June 30, 2016

Do we have the vision and the energy to confront seemingly impossible problems — like predatory corporations, political deadlock, the wasted potential of millions of refugees? Session 5 rounded up people who are jumping right in. A call to action on fossil fuels. Costa Rica, climate advocate Monica Araya’s native country,  gets almost 100 percent of […]

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Science can answer moral questions: Sam Harris on TED.com

March 22, 2010

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 23:07) Watch Sam […]

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