116 Books Everyone Should Read as Chosen by Sam Harris

A list of nonfiction books recommended by neuroscientist and secular writer Sam Harris, as seen on his personal website. Samuel Benjamin Harris (born April 9, 1967) is an American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist. His book The End of Faith (2004), was a critique of organized religion. In The Moral Landscape (2010), Harris argues that science can help answer moral problems and aid human well-being. He published a long-form essay Lying in 2011, the short book Free Will in 2012, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion in 2014 and, with British activist Maajid Nawaz, Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue in 2015.

1. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

2. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

3. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt

4. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

5. Terror and Liberalism by Paul Berman

6. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design by Richard Dawkins

7. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett

8. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett

9. Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah by Ajahn Chah

10. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

11. A Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination by Gerald M. Edelman

12. The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen

13. Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil by Paul Bloom

14. Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti

15. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

16. The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory by David J. Chalmers

17. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

18. Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne

19. Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett

20. Freedom Evolves by Daniel C. Dennett

21. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

22. Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch

23. The Flight of the Garuda: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by Padmasambhava

24. Sick Societies by Robert B. Edgerton

25. The Gospel of Lie: A Grieving Christian Searches the Bible for a New Jesus by Joshua Lie

26. Principles of Neural Science by Eric R. Kandel

27. Probability 1: Why There Must Be Intelligent Life in the Universe by Amir D. Aczel

28. The Nature Of The Physical World by Arthur Stanley Eddington

29. The End of Illness: A New Perspective on Health That Changes Everything by David B. Agus

30. On Suicide: A Study in Sociology by Émile Durkheim

31. Breakdown of Will by George Ainslie

32. Wider Than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness by Gerald M. Edelman

33. Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America by James Allen

34. Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge by Gerald M. Edelman

35. Terrorist Hunter by Anonymous

36. Remembered Present: A Biological Theory Of Consciousness by Gerald M. Edelman

37. Experiments in Ethics by Kwame Anthony Appiah

38. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart D. Ehrman

39. The First Crusade: A New History by Thomas Asbridge

40. The Nonsense of Free Will: Facing Up to a False Belief by Richard Oerton

41. The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

42. The Day of the Barbarians: The Battle That Led to the Fall of the Roman Empire by Alessandro Barbero

43. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

44. Thinking and Deciding by Jonathan Baron

45. The Concept of Mind by Gilbert Ryle

46. Mindblindness: An Essay on Autism and Theory of Mind by Simon Baron-Cohen

47. Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand Russell

48. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman

49. Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat

50. A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss

51. Mythologies by Roland Barthes

52. Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens

53. Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor

54. Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga

55. Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening by Stephen Batchelor

56. The Illusion of Conscious Will by Daniel M. Wegner

57. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

58. A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey

59. While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within by Bruce Bawer

60. The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

61. Patterns of Culture by Ruth Benedict

62. My Lunches with Orson by Henry Jaglom

63. Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human by Susan Blackmore

64. The Psychopath: Emotion and the Brain by James Blair

65. The Oxford Companion to the Body by Colin Blakemore

66. The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates by Ned Block

67. The Book of J by Harold Bloom

68. Omens of the Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams & Resurrection by Harold Bloom

69. Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life by Sissela Bok

70. The Legacy Of Jihad: Islamic Holy War And The Fate Of Non-muslims by Andrew G. Bostom

71. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

72. The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell

73. Honor: A History by James Bowman

74. When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture by Paul S. Boyer

75. Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought by Pascal Boyer

76. Witches and Neighbours by Robin Briggs

77. On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not by Robert A. Burton

78. The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton

79. The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita by Thomas Byrom

80. Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West by Christopher Caldwell

81. Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, A History by James Carroll

82. Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter

83. Natural Ethical Facts: Evolution, Connectionism, and Moral Cognition by William D. Casebeer

84. The Physiology of Truth: Neuroscience and Human Knowledge by Jean-Pierre Changeux

85. Open Letter: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia, and the True Enemies of Free Expression by Charb

86. Tracing Back the Radiance: Chinul’s Korean Way of Zen by Robert E. Buswell Jr.

87. Matter and Consciousness: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind by Paul M. Churchland

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88. The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul: A Philosophical Journey into the Brain by Paul M. Churchland

89. Scientific Realism and the Plasticity of Mind by Paul M. Churchland

90. Sleep Thieves: an Eye-Opening Exploration into the Science and Mysteries of Sleep by Stanley Coren

91. Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen

92. The Nature of Explanation by Kenneth J.W. Craik

93. Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul by Francis Crick

94. The Book Of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley

95. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

96. The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life by Austin Dacey

97. Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass by Theodore Dalrymple

98. Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain by António R. Damásio

99. Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain by António R. Damásio

100. The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness by António R. Damásio

101. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

102. Inquiries Into Truth and Interpretation by Donald Davidson

103. Europe by Norman Davies

104. Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins

105. A Devil’s Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love by Richard Dawkins

106. The Qur’an / القرآن الكريم by Anonymous

107. Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime by Aubrey de Grey

108. Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved by Frans de Waal

109. The Intentional Stance by Daniel C. Dennett

110. Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking Our Declaration of Independence by Alan M. Dershowitz

111. The Case for Israel by Alan M. Dershowitz

112. Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes

113. The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes — and Its Implications by David Deutsch

114. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

115. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

116. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Source: http://www.samharris.org/book_store/all_sams_recommendations#all

Categories: Book Recommendations, Literature & Fiction

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