Someone recently tried to defend Sam Harris from one of my critiques, where I point out that Harris does very little science for someone who is constantly promoted as a neuroscientist and spokesperson for science:
Holy crap Batman, you’re ignorant about Sam Harris AND Jiu Jitsu!
As someone else on here explained, jiu jitsu a few times a week and daily meditation is a minimal distraction at best. Finding examples of his peer reviewed work takes about….20 seconds on Google scholar.
You seem like a smart guy, way too smart to be making sloppy arguments like this. Obviously the New Atheists got to you and now you’re out on a vengeance quest to straw man hay makers. I guess the Jesus thing can’t be all that consoling if you have to resort to this intellectual dishonesty,
Pick yourself up, son.
So, does 20 seconds on Google scholar uncover all sorts of scientific research from Sam Harris?
Well, Sam Harris is an author on a paper from 2010 entitled, Does Neural Input or Processing Play a Greater Role in the Magnitude of Neuroimaging Signals?
He also co-authored a paper from 2012 entitled Early and late stimulus-evoked cortical hemodynamic responses provide insight into the neurogenic nature of neurovascular coupling. He also co-authored another paper that year entitled, Balanced excitation and inhibition: Model based analysis of local field potentials
In 2013, he was co-author of another paper entitled, The resting-state neurovascular coupling relationship: rapid changes in spontaneous neural activity in the somatosensory cortex are associated with haemodynamic fluctuations that resemble stimulus-evoked haemodynamics.
And there are more.
So it looks like I was wrong and Harris has indeed been busy publishing lots of neuroscience research. Or am I?
There is a problem here. Sam Harris is a research associate at the University of Sheffield. And last time I checked a map, England is a long way from Los Angeles. So is Sam such a devoted super scientist that he flies back and forth to England to carry out this neuroscience research, all while finding the time to write books on meditation and practice martial arts?
Or, could it be…….that Sam Harris is a rather common name.
Well, check out this neuroscience paper from Sam Harris. Make sure to look at page 2.
So Sam Harris does indeed do a lot of cool neuroscience research. But he’s not the Sam Harris who helps lead the New Atheist movement.
Look, this was not difficult to figure out. If New Atheist Sam Harris was responsible for this research, given his massive ego, he would have been announcing each paper to the world, complete with victory laps.