Well, Sam Harris is now on Twitter, and his latest “tweets” (God, I hate that word) mention two upcoming books
1. His own, called The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. Sam says this will be out “10/5″, which seems to mean October 5. Here’s a description of its thesis, guaranteed to spark huge controversy:
In his forthcoming book, Harris proposes that answers to questions of human value can be visualized on a “moral landscape”—a space of real and potential outcomes whose peaks and valleys correspond to states of greater or lesser well being in conscious creatures like ourselves. Different ways of thinking and behaving—different cultural practices, ethical codes, modes of government, etc.—translate into movements across this landscape. Such changes can be analyzed objectively on many levels—ranging from biochemistry to economics—but they have their crucial realization as states and capacities of the human brain.
2. Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Nomad, described by Amazon as a “philosophical memoir,” out May 18.