Re: Ch. 7 - Experiments in Consciousness
I guess this is Harris' attempt to propose emperical spirituality as an alternative to religion? Kinda new agey for me. I took a Psychology of Consciousness course in College and nearly slept through it in its entirety. It was based more on philosophy than emperical evidence. Harris keeps suggesting that east texts like Buddism are backed up by emperical fact but does not cite examples and sources. The final chapter is a short mish mash of ideas of consciousness and spirituality that really don't go any where or prove anything topped off by this bizarre line:
"Mysticism is a raiontal enterprise. Religion is not."
The last paragraph tries to bridge the gap between the rest of the book and the last chapter, meh. The last chapter has nothing to do with faith, religion, terror, or reason. I really have no opinion on the last few pages other than that it really doesn't fit. Every chapter seemed to get worse and less relevent, so I should not be surprised to find myself wondering when Chapter 7 would finally end. This books has been a real disappointment considering my innital impression that I would really enjoy Mr. Harris's work.