Since Harris’ new book is not out, I will have to wait to see what he is up to, but based on the preliminary promo (hype) I can see he is on the wrong track once again. There is a great demand for pseudo-spirituality in the New Age movement. Now supply and demand has passed over into the new atheist, and secular humanist sphere.
Harris is a puzzle. How could such stupidity be taken as a sign of a prophet. The better analog is to Freud who downshifted a lot of better work, like Schopenhauer, on the ‘unconscious’ and made a fake substitute for religion out of psychoanalysis.
With Harris a form of buddhism denatured and render safe for social domination is being peddled in a ludicrous form: the dreaded ‘path to enlightenment’ has to be weeded out, so that mindfulness can be poised to take over meditation with self-help routines. Mindfulness is the baloney destined to sink buddhism forever and replace it with well-behaved neuroscience and its experts.
We will see when the book comes out