In the words of so many religious leaders: “I’ll tell you what’s right. Everyone else who believes otherwise is an idiot fallen victim to fantasy.” Harris is no different. I found his tone insufferable. He even dismisses doctors and scientists who have attempted to provide evidence for their own life-changing spiritual experiences (ie. Eben Alexander). But insights from Harris’ LSD trips are totally legit, of course.
Arrogance aside, Harris advocates mindfulness – a concept that I like. Just by coincidence, I started reading another book which on the topic around the same time: Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Strictly speaking, they can’t really be compared – Waking Up is an editorialized (read: snarky) review of spirituality in general, and how silly religious people are (according to Harris), whereas the Mindfulness authors, Williams and Penman, provide straightforward information about the benefits and how-tos on being mindful.