Because… It changes your morality because you have to acknowledge that there’s a huge role for luck in this world that is morally relevant that we don’t acknowledge.
I mean, you are not responsible for the fact that you have your genes. That you were born to this society. That you’ve had your life experience, your bra– you didn’t make your brain.
Your brain is in exactly in the state it’s in based on no.. It’s not accomplishment of yours, right? And, and you can’t take credit for the fact that you’re not a psychopath.
You’re lucky that you’re not a psychopath on some basic level. You would be unlucky to have the genes and the life experiences that make you want to wake up tomorrow morning and kill kids.
Joe Rogan: You think that psycho– that that sort of pathology is inherently genetic?
Sam Harris: Well, no.
Joe Rogan: Do you think it’s environmental?
Sam Harris: Whether it’s..
Joe Rogan: or combination of both?
Sam Harris: So it’s a combi– Well, it’s significantly genetic but it’s a combination of environment. But you didn’t pick your environment either
Joe Rogan: Right. But it’s not something that someone can avoid based on a bunch of different circumstances
Sam Harris: Right. Yeah. So I’m not negating the role of human effort and human intention. We can change ourselves. We can get in shape. We can learn new skills. We can improve relationships.
Everything about what people want to do with their lives uhm, can be conserved. But, the truth is, some people are much luckier than others.
Joe Rogan: Absolutely
Sam Harris: And.. and but no one can take credit for the fact that they’re intelligent, that they’re good looking, that they’re… I mean it’s like so
Joe Rogan: You say this. But what about The Secret?
Sam Harris: Right
Brian Redban: <laughing>
Sam Harris: Yes, yes. Let’s not talk about dangerous nonsense.
Joe Rogan: Did that drive you crazy when that was.. was all coming out?
Sam Harris: That was.. that was the most irresponsible thing in the world from Oprah’s.. I mean Oprah’s boosting of that book was journalistically irresponsible in a way that.. few things..
Joe Rogan: It was amazing watching people run with the dough. People that were convinced that all of a sudden they were gonna create a life with their imagination.
Sam Harris: Right
Joe Rogan: But sort of.. There is some sort of impact that your thoughts and mind have on the real world.
Sam Harris: Oh no.. it’s
Joe Rogan: Positive energy. Psychic energy. There’s something there.
Sam Harris: Yeah, yeah. If you’re a nice person
Joe Rogan: Yeah
Sam Harris: And you’re thinking nice thoughts about people, they’re gonna notice that and like you. And that becomes a self-fulfilling loop.
I mean if you’re an angry person who’s always noticing what’s wrong with the people around you. That’s very hard to keep to yourself.
Joe Rogan: Right.
Sam Harris: And people begin to treat you a certain way. And it becomes self
Joe Rogan: So you think it’s entirely social? As far as the consequences of thought.
Sam Harris: Well, there’s not.. I wouldn’t tribute any spooky level to it. It’s all understandable. Uhm,
Joe Rogan: Have you ever seen like mass prayers where they work on a certain thing and you know, everybody together trying to pull up their energy.
Sam Harris: Right. Well that would be so… that would be so easy to demonstrate
Joe Rogan: Yeah
Sam Harris: And there’s been so much prayer uhm.. that have.. I mean this is what the great uhm, the website Why does God Hate Amputees..
Because you have all these people who believe that they’ve been healed through intercessory prayer of their cancer and all these other diseases that are self-limiting.
You never hear somebody… here’s somebody who’s prayed to grow back an arm. And said look, you know here’s a picture of me without an arm… and now they’re both back and I’m like I’m the human salamander.