Core Spirit
Sam Harris
Confirmed Luminary

Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times best sellers. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His books and lectures cover a diverse range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but mostly concentrate on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is altering our sense of how we should live.

Sam’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been mentioned in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, and The Annals of Neurology, among others. He also hosts the Making Sense Podcast, which was chosen by Apple as one of the “iTunes Best” and has won a Webby Award for best podcast in the Science & Education category.

Sam received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He has also practiced meditation for more than 30 years and has studied with many Tibetan, Indian, Burmese, and Western meditation teachers, both in the United States and abroad. Sam has built the Waking Up App for anyone who whishes to learn to meditate in a modern, scientific context.

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