Sunday, September 10, 2006

Coming Soon

In a current Newsweek article Sam Harris was interviewed along with several other Atheists. He said that he has refused offers to translate his works into Arabic, among other languages, fearing for the lives of the translators. I suspect he fears for his own life as much as for the life of any translator. As Aaron's graph aptly demonstrates, followers of the life affirming God (and/or Allah) are a lethal bunch. Harris works at an undisclosed University and/or College.

Nonetheless, Harris is publishing a new book in response to criticism (death threats in some cases) he has received from those fearing for our lives. And again, reviews tell us, he pulls no punches. Good.

Apparently, atheism represents only 1% of the American population,and that is itself probably an overestimate. Harris' first book, The End of Faith, has sold less than 200,000 copies. The first publishers to whom he sent the book, Random House, wouldn't even touch it. I myself might best be described as a provisional atheist. God may exist, but I don't see any reason why an individualized deity is necessary to explain the universe.

So, I'll be among the first in line when the book is released. The book can be pre-ordered at Amazon.Com. Look for a new book from Richard Dawkins as well.

Early Praise for Letter to a Christian Nation:

It’s a shame that not everyone in this country will read Sam Harris’ marvelous little book. They won’t, but they should.

Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics at Stanford University, author of The Cosmic Landscape

Sam Harris’s elegant little book is most refreshing and a wonderful source of ammunition for those who, like me, hold to no religious doctrine. Yet I have some sympathy also with those who might be worried by his uncompromising stance. Read it and form your own view, but do not ignore its message.

Sir Roger Penrose, emeritus professor of mathematics at Oxford, author of The Road to Reality.

Reading Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation was like sitting ring side, cheering the champion, yelling “Yes!” at every jab. For those of us who feel depressed by this country’s ever increasing unification of church and state, and the ever decreasing support for the sciences that deliver knowledge and reduce ignorance, this little book is a welcome hit of adrenalin.

Marc Hauser, Professor of Psychology, Biology. and Biological Anthropology at Harvard University, author of Moral Minds

Sam Harris fearlessly describes a moral and intellectual emergency precipitated by religious fantasies. It is a relief that someone has spoken so frankly, with such passion yet such rationality. Now when the subject arises, as it inevitably does, I can simply say: Read Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation.

Janna Levin, professor of astronomy and physics at Columbia University, author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Read this book and decide your stance for the future.

Michael S. Gazzaniga, Director of the Sage Center for the Study of Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of The Ethical Brain

I can’t sign my name to this blurb. As a New York Times best selling author of books about business, my career will evaporate if I endorse a book that challenges the deeply held superstitions and bigotry of the masses. That’s exactly why you should (no, you must) read this angry and honest book right away. As long as science and rational thought are under attack by the misguided yet pious majority, our nation is in jeopardy. I’m scared. You should be too. Please buy two, one for you and one for a friend you care about.

Unsigned, New York Times best selling author

1 comment:

Aaron said...

I know, I'm buying it the day it comes out. I may also pick up Dawkins' new book which comes out at the same time.