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I don't get all the controversy. As a woman, I only buy things that are pink, which is why I have a strict diet of pink cupcakes, Strawberry Quik and Day After Valentine's Day drugstore candy (I stock up). And I only "write" with the pink BIC For Her. Or should I say, BIC For Me?
(If anyone wants the extraneously colored pens in the pack, let me know. But why would you? They're not pink. Shouldn't BIC know better?)
Throughout history, we've seen that individuals can bring forth ideas that spark entire movements - shifts in thinking at the societal level - if those ideas are of sufficient profundity. It's becoming clear that the collective of modern scientific thinkers who believe science has no tools to inform morality are in need of their own Reformation, and Sam Harris might just be the next Martin Luther.
In 'The Moral Landscape', Harris does the hard work for the reader; he reasons through his assertions with such rigor that he presents every objection you could think of, and four more that you didn't, and addresses them alongside each point he makes along the way. Without fail, counter-arguments are handily dispatched. His points are underscored by fact-based evidence in clear and concise language, such that even if the reader disregards any emotional pressure that may come through Harris' words... if they honestly allow facts to stand as facts, there is no way not to agree with his conclusions.
As profound as his aims appear to be, in truth Harris only sets his sights on proving to the masses that the quality of moral positions can be measured. He's not writing the prescription for the ideal way to live (though he will argue that such a way or equivalent selection of ways exist and are yet to be discovered), he's aiming to give us a toolbox by which we might start uncovering what those ideal ways are.
Especially in this day of unparalleled ease of communication and access to information, this book deserves to spark a revolution.
Because of the historical details behind the story of Jesus you can just tell how much research went into writing the book. No where else have I read so much about the political and religious climate of the times. Why Jesus was so revered still remains a mystery, but there was something about this man that touched so many people then and continues to do so up to the present. It may have been his message of peace and love that was so needed in those brutal times, and we still need that message today.