An open letter to Sam Harris

Is there a real moral difference between me saying “it hurts when you hit me” and a scientist saying “water freezes when it gets below 32°F”?

Several weeks ago, I sent an email to neuroscientist/author Sam Harris via his website’s contact form. To no one’s surprise, he didn’t respond; between publishing a new book on religious tolerance, fending off hoards of critics, and being an overall boss at conversation-starting, I’m sure he has his hands full.

But I would very much like him to get around to my question — so instead of submitting this email into his contact form on a daily basis, I decided to tweet him this link until I get through. If anyone else would like to weigh in, you’re welcome to comment here, tweet me at @HearAlma, or send me an email at

Madison-born, Chicago-educated, LA-living. Pop/soul songwriter & lover of knowledge.