I thought this was a forum for Sam Harris’ website. I thought people would be making an effort to think critically in their discussions. But it doesn’t necessarily appear to be the case.
People get the name of the book wrong. It’s ‘Effective’ , not ‘Successful’. Bit of a difference there.
Also, it’s pathetic and alarming to read people on here who say they ‘hate Mormons’. Good fucking grief.
Criticize their beliefs, poke holes in their arguments, even laugh at them. But hate them? Not helpful.
If you’re posting on this site, I assume you are in some way interested in Sam Harris and his skill and clarity in thinking. Many of the comments in this thread lack any critical thinking at all.
I’m in no way a theist, but you must be quite immature to say you ‘hate Mormons’. Weak. Any useful analysis will have to go a little deeper than that.
Also, I’ll defend the book in question a little. One of his ideas in the book is centered around the idea of mission statements. It’s probably an overused buzzword at this point, but it’s a useful concept. My wife and young daughter and myself use this idea. We talk about where we’re at, where we’d like to be as a family and as individuals. It’s a valuable teaching concept for a growing mind. Planning, communicating, re-evaluating your decisions. I don’t see what’s wrong with that. It can be a life-long tool that can serve you well.
I’ve always thought that I take my wisdom where I can find it. With the over-the-top criticisms that some are leveling at this book, they may miss out on some useful ideas.
I’ll just welcome myself to this forum now.