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Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books "The End of Faith", "Letter to a Christian Nation", "The Moral Landscape", "Free Will, Lying, and Waking Up" in addition to the forthcoming Islam and the… Read more

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On Tuesday, in a column that can be read here, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges criticized Sam Harris (above) as being a fundamentalist. We offered Harris, who was once a prominent contributor to this site, a chance to respond, and he has done so.On Tuesday, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges criticized Sam Harris (above) as being a fundamentalist. We offered Harris, who was once a prominent contributor to this site, a chance to respond.

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When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. "They think they're better than you!" is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again. "Sarah Palin is an ordinary person!" Yes, all too ordinary.

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The following is Sam Harris' response to Chris Hedges' essay, "I Don't Believe in Atheists." Last week the two Truthdig contributors battled one another over the issues of religion and politics during a live debate in Los Angeles. While they both agree on the dangers posed by religious fundamentalism in America, their views on religion in general differ greatly, as you will soon read.

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The bestselling secularist author of "The End of Faith" delivers a scathing review of "The Language of God," a new book by Human Genome Project head Francis Collins that attempts to demonstrate a harmony between science and evangelical Christianity.

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Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books "The End of Faith", "Letter to a Christian Nation", "The Moral Landscape", "Free Will, Lying, and Waking Up" in addition to the forthcoming Islam and the "Future of Tolerance" (with Maajid Nawaz).

He is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University and has studied both Eastern and Western religious traditions, along with a variety of contemplative disciplines, for twenty years. Mr. Harris is now completing a doctorate in neuroscience.

His work has been discussed in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, The Globe and Mail, New Scientist, SEED Magazine, and many other journals.

Mr. Harris makes regular appearances on television and radio to discuss the danger that religion now poses to modern societies. "The End of Faith" won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. Several foreign editions are in press.

Harris is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation that aims to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values.

Mr. Harris lives in New York City. He can be reached through his website at www.samharris.org
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