Sam Harris

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Sam Harris

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Sam Harris is an American author and atheist. Sam Harris is one of the founders of the New Atheism movement. Dr. Harris received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is also a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University. He wrote two controversial, but New York Times best seller books, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. He has written essays such as "Science must destroy religion"[1].

On June 26, 2012, a proponent of the Question evolution! campaign pointed out that Harris has yet to address the issue of the decline of global atheism in adherents and global market share and its expected effect on Western World atheism nor has Harris offered substantial commentary on the explosive growth of global Christianity.[2] Specifically, it was pointed out out that "In 2012, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) reported that every day there are 800 less atheists per day, 1,100 less non-religious (agnostic) people per day and 83,000 more people professing to be Christians per day."[3]

The article Sam Harris, Project Reason failed quipped:

Sam, I know you wrote a book titled The End of Faith. I think it's time you rethought things and write a book titled The End of Atheism. If you want atheists to read it, I would write it quick before they are all gone! By the way, one thing I have noticed about the dwindling number of world atheists: They are totally unable to satisfactorily answer the 15 questions for evolutionists of the Question Evolution! Campaign. Why is that?[4]

Harris claims atheist is right next to child molester as a designation

see also: Atheism, pederasty and NAMBLA and Views on Atheists

Dr. Sam Harris is a founder of the New Atheism movement. He is quite aware of the stigma surrounding atheism and has even advocated that atheists no longer call themselves atheists.[5] In fact, Dr. Harris has said concerning the label of atheist, "It's right next to child molester as a designation."[6]

Project Reason

See also: Project Reason

An article published by an advocate of the Question evolution! campaign entitled Sam Harris, Project Reason failed quotes Sam Harris's Project Reason website thusly in terms of a description and aims of the project:

Project Reason is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. The foundation draws on the talents of prominent and creative thinkers in a wide range of disciplines to encourage critical thinking and erode the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.

One immediate need is to build an archive of the best secular resources on the Internet. Registered users can submit their favorite articles, videos, interviews, etc."[7]

In addition, the article Sam Harris, Project Reason failed offers this web traffic graph from the web traffic tracking company Alexa:

An Alexa web traffic tracking graph for Project Reason taken from the article Sam Harris, Project Reason failed[8]

Also, the article Sam Harris, Project Reason failed adds: is extremely hard to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. No doubt the "best" secular material on the internet is extremely poor in quality. In addition, material which promotes atheism is very much like evolutionary pseudoscience material in that it is extremely dull, stale and boring. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been an atheism revival!

See: How stale and boring is evolutionary indoctrination? Is the public fooled or are they suspicious? What is the trend?

Questions for Sam Harris and his anemic fan base

Sam, what happened? By the way, what are your thoughts about global atheism shrinking? I do hope you know that this is expected to affect Western World atheism.

The Birbeck, University of London professor Eric Kaufmann declared to a secular audience in a lecture titled Shall the religious inherit the earth: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."[9]

Lack of a plan to stop decline of global atheism and global agnosticism

Using academic studies, survey data and other information, supporters of the Question evolution! campaign maintain that including Sam Harris, there is a lack of sound leadership within the agnostic/atheist and evolutionist communities in dealing with the global decline of atheism and agnosticism.


Gender and racial demographics of Sam Harris' audience

See also: Western atheism and race

According to the web traffic tracking company Quantcast, white males appear to be the group of individuals who are most receptive to Richard Dawkins' and atheist Sam Harris' message.[10][11] Survey data and website tracking data of prominent atheists' websites indicate that in the Western World, atheism appears to be significantly less appealing to women.[12][13][14] These findings suggest that New Atheism movement is significant more appealing to white males.

New Atheism leaders and problems with being overweight

Medical research indicates that excess weight impairs brain function.[15]

see also: New Atheism leadership and problems with being overweight

The main authors of the New Atheism movement include Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Victor J. Stenger and Christopher Hitchens.[16] The New Atheism movement claims to be pro-science, yet three out of five of these men have have had issues with being overweight as can be seen HERE and HERE and HERE PZ Myers is also a leader within the New Atheism movement and PZ Myers has had issues with being overweight.

Hippocrates, who was also against abortion, was an early advocate of the health benefits of exercise and nutrition.[17]

On the other hand, PZ Myers and a significant amount of other New Atheism leaders, seem to lack a full appreciation of the worthiness of nutritional science, exercise science and the latest findings of medical science. (see: also Atheism and obesity). As of May 2011, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have not publicly commented on the significant problems the New Atheism leadership has experienced in terms of overweight members.

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