Waking Up // Sam Harris

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A mind blowing book. Clear and thorough in its arguments. A must read for scientific minds curious about spirituality. Beneficial to anyone who’s disillusioned with weak religious and spiritual claims about things.


In 3 sentences:

Religious teachings are dissonant with one another and science tends to dismiss notions of spirituality – it’s important to find a middle ground.

The notion of an ‘I’ in the driver’s seat of your mind is flawed for many reasons.

Techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and deliberate psychedelic experimentation can reveal a lot more to us about the nature of our minds and subjective experience.


Read it if:

You want to explore your mind and altered states of consciousness, and you’d like an idea of how to start looking for and thinking about these things.

You’re seeking a definition of spirituality that’s a happy medium between staunch, rational science and hippie-spiritual mysticism.

You want a book that’s free of inconclusive statements and weak, insubstantial claims.


Skip it if:

Things like consciousness and the nature of experience aren’t interesting to you.

You want to be given solid, concrete answers about experience rather than the tools to explore it yourself.


Goodreads rating: 3.88 / 5

Length: 256 pages

Buy the book: Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion


If you enjoyed this, check out:

The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins

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