Sam Harris on the Rubin Report

The Rubin Report finally aired with Sam Harris as the first official guest.  This was a great interview and it allowed Harris to clear the air on this stances what are often taken out of context.  Harris points out that many of his detractors believe to be able to plumb the depths of his mind and ‘find’ some deep-seeded malicious intent behind his words, and that this is coming from left-leaning sources (Glenn Greenwald, Cenk Uygur, Reza Azlan, etc).

I highly suggest watching the Bill Maher segment where Ben Affleck explodes into a testosterone-filled tantrum of political correctness (if you haven’t already) first.

Rubin Report

Harris’ detractors seem to believe that these philosophical thought games are only OSTENSIBLY meant to lead us to reflect and focus on morally-charged topics (torture, religion, nuclear war) in a clear and objective manner.  In REALITY he is Continue reading

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Sam Harris’ Conditional and Controversial View on Torture

I recently came across a heated debate regarding Sam Harris and his controversial views on torture. Having read the debate in earnest and having gone back to read what Harris has to say on this topic (it’s been nearly 10 years since I read End of Faith!), I believe the controversy is entangled in semantics. The most direct Harris quotes I can find:

Huntington Post
I will now present an argument for the use of torture in rare circumstances.

Sam Harris.org
Although I think that torture should remain illegal, it is not clear that having a torture provision in our laws would create as slippery a slope as many people imagine.

End of Faith
I believe I have successfully argued for the use of torture in any circumstance in which we are willing to cause collateral damage  p. 199

Certainly those statements would leave a different impression on a reader than simply Continue reading