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Waking Up

Sam Harris and Dan Harris in Conversation

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

Part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality,Sam Harris’s new bookWaking Upis 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 haveallbeen 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 book10% Happierand Sam Harris’sWaking Up, priority seating, complimentary beverage
$50 – includes event ticket, a copy of Sam Harris’sWaking Up, complimentary beverage
Presented with HarperCollins and Simon and Schuster publishers
About the Speakers
Sam Harrisis the author of the bestselling books,The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, andLying.The End of Faithwon the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction.

Mr. Harris’s writing has been published in more than 15 languages. His work has been discussed inThe New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His essays have appearedin 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 Harrisis a correspondent for ABC news and a co-anchor for the weekend edition ofGood 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 anchoredWorld News Sunday2006-2011 and frequently anchorsWorld News,World News with Diane Sawyer’swebcast, andNightline. In October 2010 he was named the new co-anchor for the weekend edition ofGood 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 book10% Happier:How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Storytakes 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.