Sam Harris: The Moral Landscape

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Because we are expecting a full house, we are reserving guaranteed seats for Friends of the Center who request one. This way, we do not risk having to turn away those who enable such events with their financial support. There will be a VIP section for Friends of the Center.
If your membership will be active on the day of the event (October 21st), we can reserve a seat for you and one guest.
Please claim your seat by 6:45 p.m., or we have to open it up to other guests.
Deadline to reserve a seat is Monday. If you don't have a reserved seat just make sure you arrive in plenty of time before the event fills up.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. To request a seat reservation, go to our
Reservation Page. We will then check your Friend of the Center status and let you know if we can reserve a seat for you. If your membership will expire before October 31st, or if you are not currently a member, you can become a Friend of the Center by going to our
Sign-Up page. Individual membership is $60.00 per year; students can join for $20.00. Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But in his new book
The Moral Landscape, Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life. An outspoken proponent of skepticism and science, his two books --
The End of Faith and its follow-up
Letter to a Christian Nation -- have become New York Times Bestsellers. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.
The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. Mr. Harris's writing has been published in over ten languages. He and his work have been discussed in
Newsweek,
TIME,
The New York Times,
Scientific American,
Rolling Stone, and many other journals. After the talk, Sam Harris will sign books. Please also join us in Fuller Hall to mingle and talk.

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  • Marlayne M.

    My sweetheart husband, Tom, and I enjoyed Sam Harris Lecture. We bought his book prior to the event. Mr. Harris has an excellent style of delivering the message and of making us rethink and re-examining logically and reasonable what morals are and how our society puts them in place. This book is an excellent read for believers and non-believers. Thank you to CFI for making it possible for Sam Harris to be here in Portland. Fabulous treat! Thank you so much!

    October 26, 2010

  • Alan L.

    Everyone at CFI did a great job at this event. It went on without a hitch. Great job, CFI volunteers! Instructions were clear and polite. Very professional.

    October 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mr. Harris was brilliant, articulate, and well-reasoned. His presentation was just right to give us a taste of the book. This was truly top notch.

    October 22, 2010

  • Todd

    I was impressed with Sam Harris' argument that through science we discover ways to better our lives through many sources, such as medicine... this is a moral issue. Religion doesn't have the ownership of morality like it would like us to believe. When you look around the world and see the poverty and repression of people, it's science that will help make it better, not religion. Religion, according to Harris is contradictory at best and a death cult at its worst. Harris has exposed religion for what it is... lunacy. However, he did point out that there are different degrees of concern that each religion may bring about. Hats off to him for telling it like he sees it. His ability to keep a straight face when making obviously ridiculous observations about some the things that religion can make one do is humorous, yet poignant.

    October 22, 2010

  • oliver

    Super engaging, masterly presentation, well organized. Intros could have been shorter still and more about the speaker, but were better than par for the course. Re: Harris's talk, I came away thinking he has a solid philosophical position, but presents it so loosely as to be needlessly inflammatory and suggest more than he means to argue. He didn't really discredit the claim he described as the new book's raison d'etre either--that society would crumble without religion. Still: Time well spent!

    October 22, 2010

  • Zack A.

    Are you kidding!? Getting to meet Sam Harris for the first time would be a ten on this five star scale. (And yes, I see the irony in my reason) haha. Thank you SO much for bringing him to Portland.

    October 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed hearing Sam Harris and glad the CFI Portland team brings speakers like Sam to our area. Great job.

    October 22, 2010

  • Gatogreensleeves

    Great experience. IMO, the introductions were perfect length. Since the book is so new, criticism of its ideas and implications- as well as rebuttals to those criticisms, are in the nascent stages. It's going to take a long time and a lot more people than just Sam Harris to flesh out this idea in practice. It seems to me that at this point, he's really just asking us to consider "moral health" to be on par with "mental health" and leaving the rest openended for public debate. The most controversial part is probably when it comes to the preemptive limitations of the proscriptive assessments (assuming their accurate). I get the impression from his health analogy that he sees the weight of these objective value assessments running through similar channels, such as via medical practitioners, the courts, and (maybe even) legislators, just as mental health assessments do.

    October 22, 2010

  • Jon P.

    Harris delivered!!

    October 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an amazing opportunity to hear Sam Harris talk and I'm very thankful that CFI made it available to us. I wish there had been more time for Q&A. The questions asked were great and I could have listened to another hour of discussion with him.

    October 22, 2010

  • sherry

    This was the kind of talk that I would expect to pay upwards of $50. to attend! Brilliant and entertaining - a rare combination! We are incredibly lucky to have CFI bring us such big name secular speakers! And free for the public to attend thanks to the support of friends of CFI! The "Renaissance in Reason" has begun in Portland, Oregon!!!

    October 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Exceeded my already high expectations. He is a wonderful spokesperson for science, reason and rational thinking!

    October 22, 2010

  • Kurt

    An Excellent talk. It seemed people had a good time. I heard many people showed up, saw the line and left... which is a shame since we had some seats left. Oh well, when Sam Harris says "no people in the building during sound check" I'm certainly not going to argue. He's a professional debater afterall :)

    October 22, 2010

  • SylviaB

    Absolutely fantastic presentation. Harris was awesome!

    October 22, 2010

  • Zack A.

    The person I most wanted to meet in my life. Check. I was nervous, so said little to him, but it was still a great honor to meet Sam Harris and get a chance to hear him speak in person. His first visit to Portland, so I hope it was enjoyable enough to return someday.

    October 21, 2010

  • Gavin

    Tri-Met bus and MAX service have stops near the church, no need to pay parking nor to look for a parking spot in downtown Portland if you use Tri-Met. Tri-Met is also better for the environment.

    October 21, 2010

  • Kurt

    There are two parking lots across the street from the church, on street parking, and google maps show a couple parking garages nearer to campus if you don't mind walking a couple blocks.

    October 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the best option for parking near the church?

    October 20, 2010

  • Kurt

    Their property is quite large.... making both addresses pointing to the building. It's in the main sanctuary which is the 1211 address. Here's their website.
    http://www.firstunitarianportland.org/contact

    Look for the Big White A-Frame Sign with the CFI logo.

    October 20, 2010

  • Justin

    is it at 1211 SW Main St? Google maps shows it at 1011 SW 13th Ave...

    October 20, 2010

  • Gatogreensleeves

    I just realized that confirming RSVP here at meetup.com is not the same as reserving seats through CFI- DOH!

    October 20, 2010

  • Ryan S.

    Truly, there is no bad press for works like this. The negative reviews are probably the most valuable.

    October 19, 2010

  • Piero

    Can't wait! :)

    October 18, 2010

  • Zack A.

    Me, that's who. Stupid-excited club.

    October 18, 2010

  • Ryan S.

    Who else is stupid-excited for this?

    October 16, 2010

  • Michael B.

    Harris' TED talk on morality and science:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj9oB4zpHww

    August 11, 2010

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