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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Sam Harris
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9. September 2014
For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.

From multiple New York Times bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

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  • Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster; Auflage: Export (9. September 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1476777721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476777726
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 13,8 x 2,2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 5.224 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

Mehr über den Autor

Sam Harris ist Autor der New York Times Bestseller The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, und The Moral Landscape. The End of Faith gewann 2005 den PEN Award für Sachliteratur. Harris Werke wurden in über fünfzehn Sprachen übersetzt und in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Annals of Neurology und anderen veröffentlicht.

Über ihn und seine Arbeiten wurde zudem diskutiert in Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times, Scientific American, Natur, Rolling Stone und vielen anderen Zeitschriften.

Mr. Harris ist Mitgründer und CEO von Project Reason, einer gemeinnützigen Stiftung gewidmet der Verbreitung wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse und säkularen Werte in der Gesellschaft. Er erhielt einen Abschluss in Philosophie an der Stanford University und einen Ph.D. für Neurowissenschaften an der UCLA. Er bloggt regelmäßig auf seiner Website: www.samharris.org

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"Sam Harris ranks as my favourite sceptic, bar none. In Waking Up he gives us a clear-headed, no-holds-barred look at the spiritual supermarket, calling out what amounts to junk food and showing us where real nutrition can be found. Anyone who realizes the value of a spiritual life will find much to savour here - and those who see no value in it will find much to reflect on." (Daniel Goleman, Author of 'Emotional Intelligence' and 'Focus') -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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Spirituality for atheists. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Leider etwas enttäuschend 18. September 2014
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Leider ein bißchen enttäuschend.

Das erste Buch dieses Autors, 'The End of Faith' war m.A.n. in jeder Beziehung vortrefflich, deshalb kaufte ich das neue Buch mit geschlossenen Augen.

Leider weist dieses neue Buch mehrere Schwächen auf, und die Frage erhebt sich, ob es wirklich was neues beiträgt.

Es treten auch entweder erstaunliche Versehen bei gewissen Themen auf (z.B. erörtert der Autor, ob das Gehirn lokal, also auf sich allein gestellt Gedanken erzeugt, oder ob es irgendwie als eine Art Funkgerät funktioniert, da bestünde es auch andere mögliche Quellen der Gedanken. Dazu behauptet er, daß ein Beweis für die reine Lokalerzeugung besteht darin, daß 'weniger Gehirn' - also zB ein geschädigtes Gehirn - sollte wegen weniger Filter dann dazu führen, daß mehr Gedanken vorhanden werden, und daß 'das Gegenteil gilt' - und unterläßt völlig dabei, die Idiot Savants zu erwähnen, welche Ihre umwerfenden Fähigkeiten dann prompt verlieren, wenn und wann deren Gehirn geheilt wird), oder bzw. wurden wissentlich Fakten oder gar Themen außer Acht gelassen, da die nicht ganz der erwünschten Sichtweise dienten?

Auch, seine Empfehlung, Drogen mindestens einmal im Leben zu probieren, mag wohl für ihn gegolten haben, aber es ist fehlerhaft, ohne weiteres anzunehmen, daß dieses Rezept für Jeden taugen oder gar irgendwie nützlich sein würde.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sam Harris Has Real Guts 9. September 2014
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This is an important book in many ways. Perhaps most important because Sam Harris has, for the past several years, been a strong and outspoken critic of organized religion of all stripes. And one thing Harris can do better than almost anyone else, is make his case both clearly and powerfully without any added garbage.

If you've watched his many videos on YouTube, you know the man can make an argument and stand his ground without wavering one iota. And the depth of his research is impressive. If Harris kept his message in this same vein, he would stay safe and continue to be accepted as a credible spokesman for the atheist perspective for a long time to come.

But did he do that with this book? Not on your life. Harris, makes a whole different argument here, one that many may not be familiar with (but that is on display on his blog posts). Religion may be bunkum, he asserts, but spirituality (which may be the foundation of many religions), is a truly worthy pursuit.

No doubt that a great many atheists are not going to like this one little bit. After all, atheists can sometimes be as narrow-minded as believers. For many, spirituality is seen as practically equivalent to religion. But in this book he makes a strong case that nothing could be further from the truth. And he doesn't make his arguments in a detached, completely intellectual way. Some might say that Harris has bought the spiritual kool-aid hook, link and sinker.

Harris is a long-time (25+ years) meditator, seeker after wisdom, student of a variety of spiritual practices and disciple of various teachers and gurus in several Eastern traditions. He most closely aligns himself with the school of non-duality or the direct path to awakening. And the stories of his search, his teachers and his realizations, were for me, the most compelling parts of the book.

Two of the funniest parts, having to do with burst pipes and a rat in Kathmandu, demonstrate that he can easily poke fun at himself.

Now, this is going to go far over the heads of a whole lot of people. This is not simple stuff. It's subtle and deep. And for me, the section on consciousness and the brain wasn't easy reading. Some may have a hard time accepting that his spiritual orientation is nothing but another irrational belief system that he has railed against for so long.

So you've got to admit, this guy has guts. First he tears down every organized religion known to man as a bunch of irrational, destructive beliefs that only harm society, and then he takes the position that on the other hand, authentic spirituality is the most worthy pursuit one can possibly engage in.

Many people are going to completely misunderstand Harris. (I can't wait to read more of the Amazon reviews as they are posted.) But he's also going to wake up a whole lot of people to a new perspective that they had never even considered seriously for a nanosecond.

Some of the most highly regarded non-dualist teachers should be celebrating this book as it lends much credence to their teachings. Teachers and authors such as Rupert Spira (check out his YouTube videos), Greg Goode, and others, speak with clarity and authority about the non-dual perspective and are accessible to western seekers.

To say that this book is a watershed moment for spirituality might be hyperbole, but just as Harris made it safer for atheists to come out of the closet, he does the same for those on the path of awakening. I can't wait to see what he writes next!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. 10. September 2014
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I grew up in a Christian family and then earned degrees in Philosophy and Neuroscience. As an atheist, I've been mourning the loss of faith for years. Just because you want something to be true, doesn't mean it is. Losing one's faith can definitely leave a hole. This is the book that begins to fill the void and emptiness that I've felt from that loss. Thank you Sam Harris. This book will change lives.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An important milestone along the road to perfecting a rational understanding of the essence of spirituality. 9. September 2014
Von Ted R - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If anything uncontroversial can be said about Sam Harris, it's that his work never fails to inspire strong and colorful opinions from just about everyone who encounters it. Depending on whom you ask, he may be one of the more brilliant thinkers around, a complete hack, or any of a mind-boggling array of subtle gradations in between. All of these views have arguable merit, and there will be many who go into Waking Up with a panoply of preconceived notions about what they might find here. Much has been made of Harris' long-known affinity for meditation and Eastern spirituality, and his perpetual insistence that even the staunchest, most skillful rationalist neglects these at some considerable peril. Another Harris mainstay, most notably exemplified in The Moral Landscape, is a tendency to sharply challenge the conventional wisdom on where the boundaries of scientific inquiry truly lie, in what may at times strike some readers as a maddeningly quixotic attempt to reverse the long-standing unfashionable status of a rather comprehensive form of positivism. It will not shock anyone familiar with the author that Waking Up brings all of these threads together, and the reader's satisfaction with the result, or lack thereof, will follow somewhat predictably, but it would be a mistake to avoid the book on that basis alone.

For those unfamiliar enough with Sam Harris to make much of the preceding paragraph, this volume can be summarized simply enough: it is a warning that most of us are missing important basic facts about how to live well, presented for the rationalist. It is an attempt to demonstrate that most of us, believer and skeptic alike, have failed to fully integrate a number of demonstrable truths about the mind into our understanding of ourselves; that such an integration constitutes an essential component of our day-to-day psychological hygiene; and that an enormous wealth of credible, relevant, and empirically verifiable information to assist in this project can indeed be found strewn through certain traditional spiritual domains, particularly within Buddhism.

None of this may initially seem particularly revelatory--indeed, in certain quarters, such ideas may now be nearing the point of cliche--and yet, this book is truly important. Historically and still today, wherever rationalists gather to discuss the possible value of introspective disciplines of attention, many pernicious misconceptions abound. It often seems that the nature and potential of these practices are misinterpreted at the most basic levels, owing to an alarming lack of substantial attainment on the part of the academics, researchers, and writers who tend to be responsible for framing all discussions on the subject. Even those who give themselves over to a committed long-term effort to build skill to the point of being able to speak from a position of first-hand experience invariably fail to do much more than scratch the surface, and as a result, the collective understanding in this area always seems somewhat adrift. Scientists and rationalists of all stripes are now willing to pay serious attention to the potential of direct introspective techniques, but lack direction from one of their own regarding just how this might best be approached, and just what one might thereby hope to achieve. What has long been needed is for an intelligible writer to come forward and present a clear rationalist picture of the most profound possibilities of meditation, while also drawing upon a reasonable grasp of the methods and institutional culture of modern science, to thereby offer a more complete picture of how all of this should be integrated, and how we might most fruitfully attempt to evolve the overall state of human knowledge and ability in these areas. Various beloved figures of one stripe or another have tangentially approached this endeavor throughout recent history--Alan Watts comes to mind--but Waking Up may actually be the first book to directly and systematically tackle it, while taking full advantage of the important contextual clues afforded us by modern neuroscience.

Waking Up is, of course, not a perfect work. Those considering a purchase should note that much of the material has been adapted from content already freely available on Sam's blog. Indeed, that is at once among its most noteworthy strengths and weaknesses; Waking Up appears to be the book the author has always most longed to write, having at times been so impatient that he couldn't resist writing much of it on the fly as his career has unfolded year by year. Those who have closely followed Sam Harris should therefore be aware that, of just 200 pages in total, a solid third or more may be well familiar already. When one then additionally considers that the first chapter (which makes up fully one quarter of the book) has been freely published online, there may be a tendency to feel somewhat cheated. In my opinion, such a feeling would be unwarranted, as the remaining chapters nonetheless manage to pack lots of interesting detail not available elsewhere into a deceptively small volume.

The bottom line is that, whatever one's opinion of Harris and his affinity for positivistic reclamations of those areas of intellectual life that have been most carefully cordoned off, and whatever one's disposition toward meditation or introspective spirituality, Waking Up does something important and arguably unprecedented, and is full of information that every thoughtful person should at least consider. Please go into it with as few preconceived notions as possible, and be demanding of yourself. Seriously entertain all of the major points Harris makes here, even if you've found his previous arguments on other topics to be morally or intellectually bankrupt. I find the vast majority of Waking Up to be cogently argued, but even were it not, there are too many truly valuable tidbits of genuine wisdom lurking here for the book to be entirely written off or ignored by even its harshest would-be detractors--and its brevity and relatively low price tag ensure that there's not terribly much to lose in any case. Personally, I have always found value in the great majority of Sam's work, but he has generally been regarded, perhaps rightly, as one prominent voice within a chorus of similar ones. Will history remember this as the book that proved him a truly unique and irreplaceable contributor to the discourse? It may sound like laughable hyperbole or a marketing soundbite, but I honestly suspect the answer may very well be "yes".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Regardless of your beliefs or lack thereof, this book will really open your eyes about your own mind! 11. September 2014
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This book is exactly what I've been looking for. I used to be into tons of New Age woo. Then I became atheist after gradually realizing that most of what I believed had no basis in fact. But, I still valued a lot of what I learned from Zen teachings about non-attachment, meditation, clarity, etc.

Sam expertly separates the wheat from the chaff and provides the most clear information I have ever seen regarding mindfulness. he exposes fraudulent gurus for what they are and dispels the notion that one must accept any supernatural or faith-based beliefs in order to have spirituality in one's life. One can have it with the basic physical universe and gain all the clarity claimed by any guru, without having to have special clothes, chant mantras, or accept notions lacking in evidence.

I think this is perhaps one of the most important books ever written simply because it is so needed right now and the fact that everyone can benefit, regardless of their beliefs. Does it really matter if there is a god/spirit/deity or not when it comes to how you interact with your own mind? It really doesn't.

If you're interested in gaining clarity of mind, having more control over your restless thinking, experiencing a sense of calm, and not being so affected by the tides of your emotions, and you want to do so without Chopra-esque psychobabble, then this book is for you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I enjoyed reading it 9. September 2014
Von Max - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I imagine the book will come under a barrage of criticism, either from "skeptics" who find the spirituality side of the book unpalatable ("Sam Harris goes native!") and also from the "spirituality" side of the spectrum, which similarly might find the stretches of scientific or logical argument (or attitudes to most religions) grating. However I found the book to be both original (in a broad field of other secular mindfulness/spirituality books), sincere and clear. I enjoyed reading it. I'll take away some interesting direction for my existing meditation practice as well as a better understanding of the scientific and philosophical perspectives related to it. Highly recommended.
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