Harris’s Waking Up proposes a form of neutralized buddhism on the assumption it can work in isolation. In fact, it can. People have been waking up, sort of, for millennia. But this particular gesture is a suspicious way of taking buddhist thinking, what to say of Gurdjieffian ‘wake up’ scenarios and making them ‘safe soap’ for an audience steeped in Christian Verboten: waking up.
That is honorable on one level, but how do we know this isn’t a crypto-gnostic effort to prey on such naive religionists? Christians are too take up buddhist methods with all other aspects eliminated. What about the occult sufi sharks peddling the same ‘wake up’ game. The issue of consciousness is a highly complicated subject in relation to a whole psychology of man. To take that out of context in a world of sharks isn’t going to work.