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

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