Media Interviews and Appearances: Print

Same Old New Atheism: On Sam Harris

By Jackson Lears

[Note: This may be the most idiotic and unbalanced response to my work I have ever come across.—SH]

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An Interview with Sam Harris

By Jonathan Derbyshire

Given the amount of interest and comment that my profile of Sam Harris has attracted, I thought it’d be useful to post the complete and unedited transcript of my conversation with him. The interview took place on 11 April, at the headquarters of Random House in London.

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The Science of Right and Wrong

by H. Allen Orr

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War on weak tea Christians

By Jonathan Derbyshire

Sam Harris, one of the “Four Horsemen” of new atheism, believes that science can never be reconciled with religion, and that it is dangerous even to try.

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Is there any place for religious faith in science?

By Emine Saner

Can scientists be religious? Sam Harris argues science and faith are completely incompatible, while Robert Winston would like to be more inclusive. Emine Saner adjudicates

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Debating God: Atheist and Evangelical Face Off at Notre Dame

By Nathan Schneider

Sam Harris and William Lane Craig pack the house, talk over each other, leave audience wanting more…

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The Moral Landscape

By John Lloyd

“[T]his is an inspiring book, holding out as it does the possibility of a rational understanding of how to construct the good life with the aid of science, free from the accretions of religious superstition and cultural coercion.”

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The moral formula: How facts inform our ethics

Can science help us tell right from wrong? Sam Harris certainly thinks so. Julian Baggini sits down with one of the ‘four horsemen of atheism’ to learn how facts can inform our ethics

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The Good Book can’t be bettered

By Genevieve Fox

This week, too, the American neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, publishes The Moral Landscape, which argues that religion is not the chief authority on meaning, values and a good life.

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Finding faith amid disaster

By Jessica Ravitz

Around the world, people are still struggling to come to terms with the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which have left more than 8,000 dead, thousands more missing and hundreds of thousand others homeless. In times like these, many people find comfort in their faith. But disasters can also challenge long-held beliefs. The CNN Belief Blog asked some prominent voices with different views on religion how they make sense of such suffering, where they see inspiration amid destruction and how they respond to people who wonder, “How could God let this happen?”

Responses from Rabbi Harold Kushner, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sam Harris, and others.

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The Science of Right and Wrong

By Michael Shermer

Ever since the rise of modern science, an almost impregnable wall separating it from religion, morality and human values has been raised to the heights….

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The Facts Fetish

By Thomas Nagel

Sam Harris’s first two books, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason and Letter to a Christian Nation, attacked religious faith. His new book, interestingly enough, attacks not faith but a form of skepticism—moral skepticism.

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Sam Harris Believes in God

By Lisa Miller

Sam Harris, a member of the tribe known as “the new atheists,” wishes the headline to this story said something else. How about “Sam Harris Believes in Spirituality,” he suggests over lunch. Or “Sam Harris Believes in ‘God,’ ” with scare quotes?

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Atheists Debate How Pushy to Be

By Mark Oppenheimer

Energized by a recent Pew Research Center poll showing that atheists are more educated about religion than religious people, 370 atheists, humanists and other skeptics packed a ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel last weekend to debate the future of their movement.

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Morality: ‘We can send religion to the scrap heap’

By Sam Harris

Sam Harris says that science can show us the best ways for human beings to thrive – and we can then junk religion forever.

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Religious skeptics disagree on how aggressively to challenge the devout

By Mitchell Landsberg

‘New atheists’ encourage open confrontation; ‘accommodationists’ prefer a subtler, more tactical approach. At a Council for Secular Humanism conference, tension is evident.

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Sam Harris on the science of ethics

By Martin Levin

It’s not as difficult to tell right from wrong as people think, Sam Harris says. The issue is whether those who are wrong will ever admit it. An interview with the author.

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Science Knows Best

By Kwame Anthony Appiah

Sam Harris heads the youth wing of the New Atheists. “The End of Faith,”  his blistering take-no-­prisoners attack on the irrationality of religions, found him many fans and, not surprisingly, a great body of detractors

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God, Science and Philanthropy

By Nathan Schneider

Considering the dubious work of the Templeton Foundation…

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Author Sam Harris joins plot to have Pope arrested

By Sam Harris

Sam Harris has launched an appeal to fund a legal bid to have the Pope arrested when he visits Britain.

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TED 2010: The Price in Human Suffering of Being Open-Minded

By Kim Zetter

A summary of Sam Harris’s talk at TED 2010

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Belief in the Brain: Sacred and secular ideas engage identical areas

By Allison Bond

Religious belief may seem to be a unique psychological experience, but a growing body of research shows that thinking about religion is no different from thinking about secular things­—at least from the standpoint of the brain. In the first imaging study to compare religious and nonreligious thoughts, evaluating the truth of either type of statement was found to involve the same regions of the brain.

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Heaven and Nature

By Ross Douthat

Richard Dawkins has called pantheism “a sexed-up atheism.” (He means that as a compliment.) Sam Harris concluded his polemic “The End of Faith” by rhapsodizing about the mystical experiences available from immersion in “the roiling mystery of the world.”

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Atheists need a different voice

By Stephen Prothero

We all know the names (Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens) of those angry white men who tend to antagonize the world’s believers. But the most persuasive voices for the ‘new New Atheism’ tend to be women.

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The Anti-God Squad

BY Robert Wright

Why even some of the most zealous non-believers may abandon the crusade against religion.

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