Take an hour and listen to Sam Harris at his best. In this presentation from April’s Global Atheist Conference in Melbourne, Sam talks about a truth that weighs on all our minds but that we try to ignore. No, it’s not our lack of free will, but death. Sam’s aim is to show how atheism, while useful in dispelling superstition, fails to deal with everyone’s fear of death. How can we, as nonbelievers, confront the fear that motivates so much religious belief? Sam’s answer involves training our minds, and his method is meditation. Watch as he gets thousands of atheists to actually engage in “mindfulness” meditation during his talk.
It’s a lovely presentation, and showcases Sam’s eloquence and dry (and spontaneous) wit.