Waking Up – Sam Harris

Waking Up Cover

Publication originale : 2019

Lu : 18 février 2019

Où : Paris

Recommandation : 3/5

Pages : 256


Chapter 1: Spirituality

The Search for Happiness
Religion, East and West
The Truth of Suffering

Chapter 2: The Mystery of Consciousness

The Mind Divided
Structure and Function
Are Our Minds Already Split
Conscious and Unconscious Processing in the Brain
Consciousness Is What Matters

Chapter 3: The Riddle of the Self

What Are We Calling “I”?
Consciousness Without Self
Lost in Thought
The Challenge of Studying the Self
Penetrating the Illusion

Chapter 4: Meditation

Gradual versus Sudden Realization
Dzogchen: Taking the Goal as the Path
Having No Head
The Paradox of Acceptance

Chapter 5: Gurus, Death, Drugs, and Other Puzzles

Mind on the Brink of Death
The Spiritual Uses of Pharmacology

J’ai découvert Sam Harris lors d’une conférence très interessante sur l’intelligence artificielle au coté des plus grands acteurs dans le domaine : Elon Musk, Stuart Russell, Ray Kurzweil, Demis Hassabis, Nick Bostrom, David Chalmers, Bart Selman, and Jaan Tallinn.
C’est grâce à cette conférence que j’ai voulu en apprendre plus et que j’ai lu le livre Life 3.0 de Max Tegmark.

3/5 car c’est un sujet délicat et qu’en anglais le livre est plutôt profonds et un peu complexe. Mais il y a tout de même 2 ou 3 choses très importantes.

Mes Notes

C’est le premier livre que je lis qui décrit les sensations ressentis lors de la prise de la MDMA. D’ailleurs MDMA ça veut dire MéthylèneDioxyMéthAmphétamine.

Spiritualité = traduction du grec qui veut dire breath. Ce qui permet de mieux faire l’expérience du présent.

L’expérience de la méditation qui représente bien ce que j’ai pu ressentir aussi personnellement :

“There were periods during which all thought subsided, and any sense of having a body disappeared. What remained was a blissful expanse of conscious peace that had no reference point in any of the usual sensory channels. Many scientists and philosophers believe that consciousness is always tied to one of the five senses—and that the idea of a “pure consciousness” apart from seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching is a category error and a spiritual fantasy. I am confident that they are mistaken”

Une définition de la pleine conscience :

“Consciousness is the prior condition of every experience; the self or ego is an illusory appearance within it; look closely for what you are calling “I,” and the feeling of being a separate self will disappear; what remains, as a matter of experience, is a field of consciousness—free, undivided, and intrinsically uncontaminated by its ever-changing contents.”

L’exercice du blindspot (point aveugle/angle mort) de l’oeil :

  1. Hold this figure in front of you at arm’s length.
  2. Close your left eye and stare at the cross with your right.
  3. Gradually move the page closer to your face while keeping your gaze fixed on the cross.
  4. Notice when the dot on the right disappears.
  5. Once you find your blind spot, continue to experiment with this figure by moving the page back and forth until any possibility of doubt about the existence of the blind spot has disappeared.

“My mind begins to seem like a video game: I can either play it intelligently, learning more in each round, or I can be lulled in the same spot by the same monster, again and again.”