The mysterious and ubiquitous Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation and The End of Faith has been a busy boy lately. What with major news network interviews, magazine interviews, radio show interviews…its a wonder the buy gets time to think any thoughts as at all, let alone ponder the deep mysteries of the cosmos to arrive at the ‘scientific’ and ‘rational’ conclusion that religious faith in all forms is irrational and dangerous.
Consider the following from a recent interview with Sam Harris by L.A. Times writer Gina Piccalo:
Then Harris started talking about the philosophy of the mind and his blue
eyes started to shine. “We’re the thinker of our thoughts and the
experiencer of our experience,” he said, with no hint of irony. “And it’s
actually a false view. Because there’s just experience. There’s just
consciousness and its contents. There’s not an ‘I’ or ‘me’ in the middle of
consciousness to whom it’s all relating.”
Earlier in the story it was noted that “He expects that once his dissertation is finished, it will lead to his next book, a close look at the “biology of blief.”” Based on Harris’s view of personhood, you have to wonder who, exactly, will be writing this book! I guess the only answer, a la Harris is: “from the experience that exists in the brain inhabiting the human body called Sam Harris will emerge a book.” Well, the experience that exists in the consciousness and brain inhabiting the body of Donald M thinks this is all tommy rot!! And Harris (and Dawkins and Dennett and Pinker, et.al.) want us to believe that this constitutes the end results of strict adherence to scientific method and scientific reasoning? Please, everyone step back because I need to roll on the floor with laughter!!!