It’s not about profiling anyone at the airport.
Instead, Harris will be causing a different kind of controversy:
The working title of the book is Waking Up: A Scientist Looks at Spirituality. This title could very well change, but this should give you some indication of what I’m up to. My goal is to write a “spiritual” book for smart, skeptical people — dealing with issues like the illusion of the self, the efficacy of practices like meditation, the cultivation of positive mental states, etc.
The tentative title doesn’t mention atheism (much like The End of Faith, which — surprisingly — never used the word at all). So it doesn’t look like Harris will be ripping on religion.Harris is also wading into dangerous territory by mentioned that word “spirituality,” a word that may be too fuzzy and touchy-feely for a lot of atheists. Hell, it appears at first glance that Harris may lend some credibility to the annoying phrase, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” God, I hope he doesn’t do that… but if his previous writing are any indication, Harris will be saying that spirituality/meditation/etc. cannot only be practiced by religious people. There are strong scientific reasons to meditate, for example, without needing to resort to superstition or supernatural ideas to back it up.