Book Club Discussion: The Moral Landscape

I'm pleased to announce the next book discussion which will be on "The Moral Landscape," by Sam Harris.

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Beautifully written as they were (the elegance of his prose is a distilled blend of honesty and clarity) there was little in Sam Harris's previous books that couldn't have been written by any of his fellow "horsemen" of the "new atheism." This book is different, though every bit as readable as the other two. I was one of those who had unthinkingly bought into the hectoring myth that science can say nothing about morals. To my surprise, The Moral Landscape has changed all that for me. It should change it for philosophers too. Philosophers of mind have already discovered that they can't duck the study of neuroscience, and the best of them have raised their game as a result. Sam Harris shows that the same should be true of moral philosophers, and it will turn their world exhilaratingly upside down. As for religion, and the preposterous idea that we need God to be good, nobody wields a sharper bayonet than Sam Harris. --Richard Dawkins

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  • Michael B.

    This was my first meeting and I enjoyed it enough that I'll definitely return. The discussions were interesting and lively but a bit unfocused. I agree that there was too much cross talking which made it a bit tough to follow point. It might be useful to use Meetup or Google Docs before the meeting to pick a few themes or ideas in the books and focus on them. That way we could prepare for the discussion. I also agree with David that too much time was spent on organization--it could be done on the Web. Seems like a good group of people and these minor details will work themselves out. I encourage anyone, who likes to think and be challenged, to attend.

    December 17, 2010

  • Jamie W.

    Although we seem to be outgrowing the space, the discussion was great. Too bad I don't have a advanced degree in secular humanistic philosophy so I could keep up with everything being discussed. :)

    December 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Outstanding discussion. Very enjoyable, and I'm actually looking forward to reading the next book.

    December 10, 2010

  • David D.

    I enjoyed my first book club discussion, though I was a little disappointed that the discussion didn't start until 7:30. There was quite a bit of talk on what our next book would be.

    Everyone was very eager to speak their mind, which is great, and I think most people got a chance to talk and listen to others. There wasn't much review of each individual chapter -- which I thought was fine. I was more interested in what people thought and their questions than a chapter breakdown. Although, a very quick (1 minute) review of each chapter might have been nice for a refresher.

    A couple times people were speaking over each other, and occasionally dominating the conversation, but I felt the moderator did a good job of keeping that to a minimum. Still, it might be interesting to try a "pass the potato" type gimmick to make sure everyone gets a chance to talk.

    December 10, 2010

  • Bakari

    Really great discussion. I'm always learn more from others than I contribute. I wish we could have one more meeting about book, because there were some issues that we didn't get to fully cover. But for the amount of time we had, it was a good discussion. Thanks to everyone for coming and participating.

    December 10, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought provoking discussion.

    December 10, 2010

  • Bakari

    My bad, yeah, the book only has five chapters. I not sure why thought it was 9. So we’re covered.

    December 9, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I should look at a table of contents BEFORE I commit to a chapter.

    December 9, 2010

  • Don F.

    Am I the only one who sees just 5 chapters and an introduction?

    December 9, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll take 6.

    December 9, 2010

  • Bakari

    Chapter 1: Marcella

    Chapter 2: Lori

    Chapter 3: Anyse

    Chapter 4: Jamie

    Chapter 5: Bakari

    Chapter 9: Anyse

    December 8, 2010

  • Jamie W.

    I will go with chapter 4.

    December 6, 2010

  • Anyse J.

    I will take chapter 3 and, if there is one, chapter 9 as well. I can do this easily if there are not enough volunteers. Almost done with the book. It is so fast to read as Harris's layout is rather easy to follow. I do have an idea that we should also cover the introduction as it takes up over 10% of the entire book!

    December 6, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    don't think i'm even gonna finish reading this in time. so i'll take chap 1.

    November 29, 2010

  • David D.

    I'm not really sure about picking a chapter, but I'm happy to discuss the book. I listened to it via CD, so I don't even know what the chapters were. :/

    November 22, 2010

  • David D.

    Just a reminder that anyone who would like to discuss the book online may do so here:

    http://www.meetup.com/SacFAN/messages/boards/thread/10028081

    November 12, 2010

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