Hello Metacrock ...
what will I find in his book that I wont find on the secualr web by some 15 year old whose never a book of any kind
For starters, I noticed you list Soren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger and Paul Tillich as your interests in your profile. As Kierkegaard and Heidegger were both existentialists rather than empiricists and Tillich incorporated both their philosophies into his own Christian theology, I am wondering why you are content relying on your “26 empirical, scientific studies” as your sources of information? Surely K, H and T’s works are in addition to these 26 as they definitely don’t count as empirical or scientific.
So now that we see that you do read from outside your box, I suggest you add a third ‘philosopher’ to your repertoire ... Metacrock, meet Sam Harris.
What you would find in “The End of Faith” is that Sam devotes one whole chapter to mysticism and meditation.
Here are a couple of excerpts for you ...
But a more profound response to existence is possible for us, and the testimony of Jesus, as well as that of countless other men and women over the ages, attests to this. The challenge for us is to begin talking about this possibility in rational terms.
Mysticism is a rational enterprise. Religion is not. The mystic has recognized something about the nature of consciousness prior to thought, and this recognition is susceptible to rational discussion. The mystic has reasons for what he believes, and these reasons are empirical. The roiling mystery of the world can be analyzed with concepts (this is science), or it can be experienced free of concepts (this is mysticism). Religion is nothing more than bad concepts held in place of good ones for all time. It is the denial – at once full of hope and full of fear – of the vascitude of human ignorance.
Basically the existential and empirical undertones of Sam’s book just might appeal to you.
As Kierkegaard himself wrote ...
During the first period of a man’s life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
So go on ... take the risk and read Sam’s book. You just may be pleasantly surprised ...