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Waking Up: Dan Harris + Sam Harris

September 9, 2014

7:00 PM


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Book launch of Sam Harris’ Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion.

Broadcaster, meditator, and author (10% Happier) Dan Harris engages mind scientist and renowned sceptic Sam Harris about his new exploration of spirituality, Waking Up.

Part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality, Sam Harris’s new book Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

$75 – includes event ticket, a copy of Dan Harris’s book 10% Happier and Sam Harris’s Waking Up, priority seating, complimentary beverage

$50 – includes event ticket, a copy of Sam Harris’s Waking Up,  complimentary beverage

Presented with HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster publishers

About the Speakers

Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, and Lying. The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction.

Mr. Harris's writing has been published in more than 15 languages. His work has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.

Mr. Harris is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. This is his first appearance at the Rubin.

Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC news and a co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. A 1993 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Harris began his career as an anchor for WCSH in Portland, Maine. Harris joined ABC News in 2000. He anchored World News Sunday 2006-2011 and frequently anchors World News, World News with Diane Sawyer's webcast, and Nightline. In October 2010 he was named the new co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America, succeeding Bill Weir. Harris has reported on a series of events such as the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut; Aurora, Colorado; and Tucson, Arizona; and has covered various natural disasters from the earthquake in Haiti to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He has also reported on combat in Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank, and has made six visits to Iraq. Domestically, Harris has led ABC News' coverage of faith, with a particular focus on the evangelical movement. His book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives. This is his third appearance at the Rubin.