Sam Harris is a lot like Donald Trump. To many readers, this may sound either obviously false or trivially true — after all, everything is like everything else in at least some way. This is nothing short of blatant anti-intellectualism. I was in Sweden for a two-month-long workshop. Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher, New York Times best-selling author, host of the Making Sense podcast, and creator of the Waking Up App. Yet Harris' adoring audience of mostly white men (including a lot of Trump supporters) would never know this listening to him. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. So, if it's normed to the general population, predominantly white population for an average of 100, the average in the African American community has been around 85. Share Tweet Share. He's done everything possible not to foster debate but to edit out — to cancel, if you will — dissenting voices. But it gets so much worse when Harris starts talking about Black Lives Matter, gender-neutral pronouns, white nationalism and so on. As I occasionally speak about the benefits of these practices, people often write to ask which I recommend. He told me that he has come to embrace (in his words) the "racist view," according to which white people are intellectually superior to Black people because of evolution. But what I mean is quite substantive: There are important ways in which the strategy that Harris uses to communicate with his audience is strikingly similar to Trump's. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. He claims to care about intellectual honesty and good scholarship, yet he consistently spouts misinformation on his podcast that could easily be corrected if only he were to engage — sincerely, and in good faith — those who disagree with him (very often, on the topics of racism, feminism, social justice and so on). Sorry for the picture quality. Listen to the points that he made in his podcast interview with Josh Zepps." Copyright © 2019 Salon.com, LLC. Yet Harris' adoring audience of mostly white men (including a lot of Trump supporters) would never know this listening to him. Over the course of an excruciating two hours (in every moment of which I wanted to defenestrate myself), I explained the problems with "IQ" as a metric of intelligence and went over some of the data about how horrifically widespread heavy-metal poisoning and malnutrition is in poorer regions of the world. For centuries in Europe, innocent men and women were murdered for the imaginary crime of witchcraft. Reproduction of material from any Salon pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. Waking Up is a guide to understanding the mind, for the purpose of living a more balanced and fulfilling life. Sam Harris is a lot like Donald Trump. Sam Harris: My website is just samharris.org and I’m SamHarrisorg without the dot on Twitter, and you can find anything you want about me on my website, certainly. Associated Press articles: Copyright © 2016 The Associated Press. He’s on Twitter @xriskology. Listen to his, There is simply no other interpretation of this than "Black people are genetically dumber." Shop online for Sam Harris - CapThat merchandise, t-shirts, clothing, apparel, posters and accessories. This is where the Trumpian strategy of avoiding peer-review, editorial oversight, and quality control comes into the picture with force: There are profoundly strong reasons for rejecting all of this. ------------------------------------------, "Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks. Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times best sellers. This should worry us, because both speak with unwarranted confidence about topics they don't understand and have sizable audiences that are generally inclined. Listen to his interview with Charles Murray. Consider this anecdote from a few years ago. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. His understanding of the root causes of Islamic terrorism clashes violently with the best scholarship on the topic, his book on the "moral landscape" led Patricia Churchland (one of the more notable contemporary philosophers) to say "I think Sam is just a child when it comes addressing morality," and his understanding of history — both in the U.S. and the Middle East — is deeply impoverished. If you’re already a subscriber, you can login here. This is where the Trumpian strategy of avoiding peer-review, editorial oversight, and quality control comes into the picture with force: There are profoundly strong reasons for rejecting all of this. , but so long as he continues to shield himself from peer review, editorial oversight  or some other quality-control mechanism, his audience will continue to absorb and propagate misinformation on some of the most pressing social issues of our day. He further told me that it is only once one accepts this view that white folks can be genuinely empathetic toward Black people. Sam Harris began his career, metaphorically speaking, by winning the lottery: He wrote a mediocre diatribe against Islam (without expertise on either Islam or Islamic terrorism) that was published at exactly the right time — three years after the 9/11 attacks and one year after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, now considered to be perhaps the single greatest foreign policy blunder in our country's history. — will no doubt be one of his greatest, and darkest, legacies. For those of us who actually know something about these topics (or who are willing to defer to people who've. I am NOT SAM but his channel is http://youtube.com/samharrisHe allowed me to put this video up. ". His understanding of the root causes of Islamic terrorism clashes violently with the best scholarship on the topic, his book on the "moral landscape" led Patricia Churchland (one of the more notable contemporary philosophers) to say "I think Sam is just a child when it comes addressing morality," and his understanding of history — both in the U.S. and the Middle East — is deeply impoverished. He's also published a (very) small handful of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed papers. Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. There is simply no other interpretation of this than "Black people are genetically dumber." This was a mass delusion and moral panic, driven by pious superstition and a deadly commitment to religious conformity. Enter your associated supporter email address to create an account. A standard deviation for IQ is about 15 points. For Trump, Twitter and his rallies are much preferred over media appearances, except with Fox News allies like Sean Hannity and the good people of "Fox & Friends." The reason is obvious: Trump wants to communicate directly with his target audience, without his message being altered, modified, filtered or fact-checked by the so-called mainstream media. Again, often these dissenting voices come from scholars with actual expertise on the relevant topics. SALON ® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark of Salon.com, LLC. In other words, he figured out a way to bypass intellectual accountability — to opine as much as he wants about topics he doesn't understand without peer-review, editorial oversight or other quality-control measures. This enables him to say whatever he wants with impunity. His contribution to scientific racism — his boosting the visibility of claims like, Black people are almost certainly dumber than white people for genetic reasons. Lucas Perry: All right, Sam. There are many forms of introspection and mental training that go by the name of “meditation,” and I have studied several over the years. Only a few people in this country tried to destroy our democracy on Tuesday. Sam Harris is a lot like Donald Trump. His contribution to scientific racism — his boosting the visibility of claims like Black people are almost certainly dumber than white people for genetic reasons — will no doubt be one of his greatest, and darkest, legacies. But when those listening to Harris' podcast don't know any better, they become susceptible to misinformation and propaganda. This should worry us, because both speak with unwarranted confidence about topics they don't understand and have sizable audiences that are generally inclined not to question the wisdom and omniscience of their chosen leaders. Instead, he created a small media empire that enabled him to say whatever he wants, whether or not the message is misleading, the claims are factually erroneous, the reasoning is fallacious and so on. A Note From Sam I never want money to be the reason why someone can’t get access to my digital content. He claims to care about intellectual honesty and good scholarship, yet he consistently spouts misinformation on his podcast that could easily be corrected if only he were to engage — sincerely, and in good faith — those who disagree with him (very often actual experts on the topics of racism, feminism, social justice and so on). What's worse is that Harris presents this as if it's the unavoidable, obviously true inference from the indisputable facts. That is, by recognizing that "they can't help it," we can take on the burden of helping them out. Thanks so much for coming on and speaking about this wide range of issues. To quote him in full: And as bad luck would have it, but as you absolutely predict on the basis of just sheer biology, different populations of people, different racial groups, different ethnicities, different groups of people who have been historically isolated from one another geographically, test differently in terms of their average on this measure of cognitive function. After this, he participated in numerous public debates with religious clowns and published articles in outlets like the Washington Times, one of which, from 2004, made the following incendiary claim: "It is time we admitted that we are not at war with 'terrorism.' Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Lying, Free Will, and Waking Up. And his response was: "Well, I mean, listen to Sam Harris. So if you're gonna give the Japanese and the Ashkenazi Jews and African Americans and Hawaiians … you're gonna take populations who differ genetically — and we know they differ genetically, that's not debatable — and you give them IQ tests, it would be a miracle if every single population had the exact same mean IQ. I worry greatly about the current zeitgeist of anti-intellectualism in our society, and for this reason I worry greatly about Harris' influence. The reason is obvious: Trump wants to communicate. Again, often these dissenting voices come from scholars with, This is nothing short of blatant anti-intellectualism. Even with respect to topics that Harris supposedly knows about, such as terrorism, philosophy and neuroscience, his ideas have been almost entirely rejected by academics. For Trump, Twitter and his rallies are much preferred over media appearances, except with Fox News allies like Sean Hannity and the good people of "Fox & Friends." To many readers, this may sound either obviously false or trivially true — after all, everything is like everything else in at least some way. And his response was: "Well, I mean, listen to Sam Harris. to question the wisdom and omniscience of their chosen leaders. 26K likes. (@samnelsonharris_xa) For more info, visit: SamHarris.com But it gets so much worse when Harris starts talking about Black Lives Matter, gender-neutral pronouns, white nationalism and so on. Given my primary audience—students of science, secularists, nonbelievers, etc.—these queries usually come bundled … Continued All rights reserved. Sam Harris began his career, metaphorically speaking, by winning the lottery: He wrote a mediocre diatribe against Islam (without expertise on either Islam or Islamic terrorism) that was published at exactly the right time — three years after the 9/11 attacks and one year after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, now considered to be perhaps the single greatest foreign policy blunder in our country's history. He stopped publishing peer-reviewed research papers. Indeed, so far as I can tell, Harris has become one of the greatest sources of misinformation on social justice issues in the United States today. Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher, New York Times best-selling author, host of the Making Sense podcast, and creator of the Waking Up App. 22.2k Followers, 471 Following, 353 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from SAMUEL. But what I mean is quite substantive: There are important ways in which the strategy that Harris uses to communicate with his audience is strikingly similar to Trump's. the issues), Harris' ramblings sound like a creationist droning on about irreducible complexity or how evolution is false because monkeys still exist. The point here is this: Literally the first thing I asked when he explained his "racist view" was, "Why do you think that?" Indeed, so far as I know, the Zepps podcast was Harris's most explicit statement that affirmed his racist convictions. They discuss the problem of orthodoxy, the history of political polarization in the US, the breakdown of public conversation, remaining uncertainty about Covid-19, motivated reasoning, the 2020 election, the future prospects for Gen Z, the effect of social media on … I've interacted with so many people who've regurgitated an idea or argument from Harris that misrepresents a philosophical position, activist cause or individual's position. Phil Torres is the founding director of the X-Risks Institute and the author of "Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks." I never want money to be the reason why someone can’t get access to my digital content. Join Sam Harris as he explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events. He is no. I worry greatly about the current zeitgeist of anti-intellectualism in our society, and for this reason I worry greatly about Harris' influence. We are at war with Islam." Sam Harris. If you really can’t afford a monthly or annual subscription to SamHarris.org, just contact us, and we’ll give you a 1-year membership for free. He began blogging and then started an, Like Trump, Harris seems wholly uninterested in getting things right. And African Americans come out about a standard deviation lower than white Americans. In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jonathan Haidt about the maintenance of a healthy society. In September 2018 Harris released a meditation app, Waking Up with Sam Harris. The point here is this: Literally the first thing I asked when he explained his "racist view" was, "Why do you think that?" SUBSCRIBE TO THE MAKING SENSE PODCAST The Making Sense podcast is ad-free and relies entirely on listener support. He can lie, mislead, opine, spread misinformation and propaganda all he wants without having to be held accountable, or at least not in a way that exposes him to the truth. Indeed, so far as I can tell, Harris has become one of the greatest sources of misinformation on social justice issues in the United States today. What's worse is that Harris presents this as if it's the unavoidable, obviously true inference from the indisputable facts. 70.3k Followers, 694 Following, 1,630 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Samantha Harris (@sam_harris) In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris discusses President Trump’s failure to concede the 2020 presidential election. He is no epistemic role model, but so long as he continues to shield himself from peer review, editorial oversight  or some other quality-control mechanism, his audience will continue to absorb and propagate misinformation on some of the most pressing social issues of our day. For those of us who actually know something about these topics (or who are willing to defer to people who've actually studied the issues), Harris' ramblings sound like a creationist droning on about irreducible complexity or how evolution is false because monkeys still exist. He can lie, mislead, opine, spread misinformation and propaganda all he wants without having to be held accountable, or at least not in a way that exposes him to the truth. During lunch one day I was speaking to a professor at the local university and the uncomfortable topic of race and IQ came up. Harris was born on April 9, 1967 in Los Angeles. with his target audience, without his message being altered, modified, filtered or fact-checked by the so-called mainstream media. If you really can’t afford a monthly or annual subscription to SamHarris.org, just contact us, and we’ll give you a 1-year membership for free. He began blogging and then started an enormously popular podcast, his principal medium for the past seven years. Early life and education. Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg) is a neuroscientist, philosopher, and author of five New York Times bestsellers. To many readers, this may sound either obviously false or trivially true — after all, everything is like everything else in at least, way. This enables him to say whatever he wants with impunity. Often these people unwittingly beat down a straw man and then drop the mic while channeling the same intellectual overconfidence that Harris manifests with cheap rhetorical tricks like saying "We have to be able to speak honestly about this issue" whenever someone disagrees with him, as if those with different views are all dishonest (a bad-faith, manipulative strategy). Welcome to the Sam Harris - CapThat Official Store! Even with respect to topics that Harris supposedly knows about, such as terrorism, philosophy and neuroscience, his ideas have been almost entirely rejected by academics. He's done everything possible not to, but to edit out — to cancel, if you will — dissenting voices. Like Trump, Harris seems wholly uninterested in getting things right. Sam Harris Declares 'Osama bin Laden is Far Less Reprehensible than Trump' By Robert Spencer Nov 02, 2020 7:55 PM ET . Sam Harris, Los Angeles, CA. In WITCH: A Tale of Terror, bestselling author Sam Harris introduces and reads from Charles Mackay’s beloved book, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and … But over time, Harris withdrew from expressing his opinions through platforms designed to ensure a minimum level of intellectual integrity. My secret debate with Sam Harris: A revealing 4-hour dialogue on Islam, racism & free-speech hypocrisy When I wrote an essay critical of the famous atheist, he asked me to debate the issues. 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