Sam Harris

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Sam Harris
Harris in March 2016
Harris in March 2016
BornSamuel Benjamin Harris[1]
(1967-04-09) April 9, 1967 (age 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationB.A. in Philosophy, Stanford University (2000)
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (2009)
SubjectNeuroscience, philosophy,[2] religion, ethics, spirituality
Notable awardsPEN/Martha Albrand Award, Webby Award
Annaka Harris (m. 2004)


Philosophy career
SchoolNew Atheism
ThesisThe moral landscape: How science could determine human values (2009)
Main interests
Neuroscience, religion, ethics, free will, spirituality, philosophy of mind
Notable ideas
The Moral Landscape, Ethics as a branch of science

Samuel Benjamin Harris (born April 9, 1967) is an American author. He is a philosopher[source?], neuroscientist[source?], atheist and humanist . He is the co-founder and CEO of Project Reason.[3]

Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett are commonly known as the "Four Horsemen of Atheism".[4]

Controversies[change | change source]

In 2014, Sam Harris appeared on Bill Maher’s show and criticized Islam so Ben Affleck accused him of racism and Harris ended up debating Cenk Uygur about what he had said. Sam Harris also caused controversy when he interviewed Charles Murray with Ezra Klein accusing him of racist pseudoscience for doing that so Harris debated Ezra Klein. Harris called himself part of the Intellectual Dark Web until 2020 when he said he was leaving because the Intellectual Dark Web had become too pro-Trump. In 2021, Harris was criticized by Dave Rubin and Bret Weinstein for saying he was grateful to Jack Dorsey for banning Donald Trump from Twitter.

Books[change | change source]

  • The End of Faith (2004). ISBN 0-393-03515-8
  • Letter to a Christian Nation (2006). ISBN 0-307-26577-3
  • The Moral Landscape: how science can determine human values (2010). ISBN 978-1-4391-7121-9
  • Lying (2011).
  • Free Will (2012)[5]
  • Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (2014)
  • Islam and the Future of Tolerance (2015)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sam Harris at the Warner Theater". Archived from the original on 2020-03-01. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  2. Paul Pardi (May 15, 2012). "An Analysis of Sam Harris' Free Will". Philosophy News. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  3. "About Sam Harris". 5 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  4. The New Emergent Atheists
  5. "Coming March 6th". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-07-15.