Has anyone actually spoken with Sam Harris or corresponded..
Posted: 23 September 2006 10:24 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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with him? I wrote him a few e-mails and never got a reply? Has anyone been successful with either writing him or another medium?

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Posted: 24 September 2006 12:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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When I finished EOF in December of 2004, I wrote Sam a congratulatory email.  He responded with thanks and directed me to this forum, if I was interested in discussing the ideas promulgated in the book.  I have not tried to communicate since.

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Posted: 24 September 2006 04:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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I met and talked with Sam a bit after his presentation at The Council for Secular Humanism in Buffalo, NY. last year. He answered a short follow-up e-mail. At the time he said he tries to look at his e-mails, but can’t really spend the time following these forums.

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Posted: 25 September 2006 03:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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[quote author=“Rod”]I met and talked with Sam a bit after his presentation at The Council for Secular Humanism in Buffalo, NY. last year. He answered a short follow-up e-mail. At the time he said he tries to look at his e-mails, but can’t really spend the time following these forums.

Rod

Wow that guy is my hero…I hope I can meet and actually exchange words with him some day….

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Posted: 25 September 2006 04:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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[quote author=“hampsteadpete”]When I finished EOF in December of 2004, I wrote Sam a congratulatory email.  He responded with thanks and directed me to this forum, if I was interested in discussing the ideas promulgated in the book.  I have not tried to communicate since.


Ditto here—though I had a brief (2 or 3?) email exchange with him.

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Posted: 25 September 2006 04:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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I don’t know their names, but I believe the “journalists” who visited Ahmed Shah Masoud (The leader of the northern alliance in Afghanistan, mortal enemy of Osama Bin Laden, assassinated by suicide bombers posing as journalists) said shortly before visiting him to “interview” him.  smile

Sam may be reticent to communicate with everyone who asks for an audience, given his message.  I wish it weren’t so.

Rob.

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Posted: 25 September 2006 04:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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[quote author=“Rod”]

Wow that guy is my hero…I hope I can meet and actually exchange words with him some day….

:oops:

That’s what I referred to, the “journalists” saying.  grin

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Posted: 25 September 2006 06:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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I wrote Sam an email in December 2004 when I finished TEOF and expressed my deep appreciation for his wonderful work. I asked him a few questions about his future work and I also admonished him for that piece in the book advocating the use of torture in certain situations, and also wondered why he was so hard on Noam Chomsky?

Sam replied with information on the research he was presently involved with in the neuroscience area, stating that his ultimate hope was to develop a secular system of ethics based on the research he was presently doing. He urged me to join the forum for further discussion of points in the text including the Chomsky issue.

I wrote back to inform him that I too was trying to work out an ethical framework that accompanied the onset of human-type language - an ethical system that evolved naturally and was innate to the human experience.  Also told Sam that if I finished my work before he finished his, I’d let him know.

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Posted: 27 September 2006 03:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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and I sent him a few mails…I guess he is really busy…more’s the pity it would have been great to have received a mail from him…

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Posted: 27 September 2006 03:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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[quote author=“stardusk”]and I sent him a few mails…I guess he is really busy…more’s the pity it would have been great to have received a mail from him…


Keep in mind he’s probably a tad more busy now than he was back in late ‘04.

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Posted: 09 October 2006 02:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]  
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Yeah, all this and a PhD, in a large and interesting area no less. I’m not gonna bother the guy. Hell, when I’m busy I may not even read my email for days.

I suspect he may lurk here, or even post as an alias occasionally. If he posted as himself, the topic would get buried in the fan/hate mail.

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Posted: 09 October 2006 02:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]  
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[quote author=“stardusk”]and I sent him a few mails…I guess he is really busy…more’s the pity it would have been great to have received a mail from him…

He snubbed you because he’s better than you—just like everybody else.

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