Waking Up

Waking Up Summary

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Timesbestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.

From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives.

Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

Book Reviews


Life Changing5 star

This book is amazing and is a must-read for anyone (religious or otherwise) undertaking the seemingly lonely journey of self-improvement.55

Cj bellows

Potentially life changing5 star

Sam articulates in a purely ration manner the ways in which one can alter and improve one's subjective experience through contemplative exercise. Highly recommended55


Sam's is a voice worth listening to5 star

Happiness is available to all, right here, right now.55


Confusing3 star

There's no point in writing something that most of us can not understand. Too wordy.35

Pmaster 2

Waking Up Podcast Review5 star

This is an excellent podcast to help you process and formulate your value system. Your ideas will be challenged and if you are open you can learn much. Highly recommend. I have listened to every episode sometimes twice.55


loved it!5 star

Sam is one of the few authors who I can't get enough of.55


Challenges your thinking5 star

Could not recommend more! Sam will make you second guess many presumptions you have. I am sure if you are a person who can be persuaded by reason you will enjoy this podcast!55


Must read5 star

Sam Harris is a fascinating person with the ability to write in easy fashion complicate subjects.55


Conversation with Sam5 star

Just listened to ask me anything #3. I love these because he answers questions from friend or foe. Most questions are extremely interesting and go into more detail of his thoughts. I'm a big fan of his discussions and conversation because he expresses himself so well and you can hear where the honesty lives and dies. He's willing to navigate endlessly till he gets to the truth. His feelings on Hilary Clinton are exactly how I feel though he expresses it so much better than my own thoughts could organize. Thanks. Looking forward to the meditation app.55

Kranthi Kavuri

As always precise and detailed5 star


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