Sam Harris: The Global Conversation

Sam Harris is a polarizing figure.

Standing at the forefront of what has been called the “New Atheist” movement, wielding a degree in English, a Masters in Philosophy, a decade of Buddhist meditation, and a PhD in Neuroscience, Harris has made a career out of attacking taboo and promoting a rational, empirical view of the world. His lack of regard for tact around highly sensitive issues such as religion and war has earned him legions of supporters around the world. This has provided him with a livelihood through which he can raise a family.

His lack of tact has also earned him enough death threats to cause him to fill his house with guns, hire bodyguards, and encourage all of his family (including his young daughters) to study martial arts. He regularly interacts with his critics, and has a page on his blog dedicated to correcting misrepresentations of his writing. He claims that many of his critics lie on purpose about his work, and that this only increases fears of violent retribution. He is regularly called a racist and accused of stoking the flames of intolerance towards people of religions from different countries, particularly Islam. Continue reading

Legalise All Drugs: A Case For Ireland

In the 20th and 21th centuries, the governments of the world took part in a global experiment: recreational drug use was made a criminal offence in an attempt to discourage and ultimately eradicate drug use. The Drug War has failed to eradicate drug use, with global drug use rates still increasing over the past decade despite the efforts of law enforcement. The legalisation of all drugs in Ireland is proposed in this essay for the benefit of the Irish people, the Irish economy, and the addicts in our population. Three reasons given for this radical change to the criminal law system are: legalisation of drugs constitutes an economic war on drug cartels, rational drug legislation allows for health-driven policies towards individual drugs rather than a thoughtless blanket ban, and legalisation of drugs allows greater dedication of resources to scientifically-proven treatments of drug addicts. Continue reading