My Favorite Sam Harris Lecture

by Luke Muehlhauser on May 3, 2010 in Video

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Zak May 3, 2010 at 6:51 am

This is damn good. I have listened to this so many times over the years! I think his argument for why the evidence of Jesus’ miracles, etc is awful is fantastic!

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manicstreetpreacher May 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

I am captivated any time Sam opens his mouth / puts pen to paper, so I can hardly choose a favourite, but this is damn good!

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Silver Bullet May 3, 2010 at 9:49 am

I’ve been a huge fan of this talk as well.

When I first saw the title of your blog, I thought that you were going to continue in Sam’s tradition of arguing against theism and dogma and for reason with “common sense arguments”. Like, George Rey, I also believe that atheists can get caught up in the “philosophical fallacy”. I still love your blog, which has helped me to enjoy some of the deeper philosophical arguments, especially Plantinga’s and his opponents.

In terms of popularizing atheism, I think Sam’s got the best approach, since it retains its intellectual integrity, and has the potential for wide(r) appeal.

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Bill Maher May 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

Sam is a slick communicator. If he had the knowledge of someone like Oppy or Martin, I think he would eviscerate everybody.

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lukeprog May 3, 2010 at 11:07 am

Bill Maher,

Yup!

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Jeff May 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

I only wish that I was as calm and cool as Harris in talking about things so emotionally charged. When he debates or even just talks like this, it is very inspiring.

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Lorkas May 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm

ditto

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Chris May 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

re: Sam’s cool character. I agree. Maybe his experience with meditation has paid off? Or maybe he is just a naturally cool mofo.

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Almost Chris May 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Is there any way to download this to a mp3? I’d really like to hear it.

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Hansen May 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Is there any way to download this to a mp3?I’d really like to hear it.  

The same talk is available fora.tv where you can also download it: http://fora.tv/2007/07/04/Clash_Between_Faith_and_Reason

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Zeb May 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Is there any way to download this to a mp3?I’d really like to hear it.  

This site has a link to download the mp3.

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Almost Chris May 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

oh, never mind. Google videos lets you do that. (Embarrassed)

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jwittenmyer May 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I REALLY enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing, Luke! I become a bigger fan of you every day.

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ernest carl September 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

unfortunately many of the commenters at FORA.tv actually think this lecture is extremely bad–not to mention that Sam Harris is an embarrassment: http://fora.tv/2007/07/04/Clash_Between_Faith_and_Reason

but I liked it.

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