Samuel b. "sam" harris (born april 9, 1967) is an american author, philosopher, neuroscientist, and the co-founder and chief executive of project reason, a non-profit that promotes science and secularism. he is the author of the end of faith, which was published in 2004 and appeared on the new york times best seller list for 33 weeks. the book also won the pen/martha albrand award for first nonfiction in 2005.pen american center (2005). "the pen/martha albrand award for first nonfiction." . retrieved on 2011-12-01. in 2006, harris published the book letter to a christian nation as a response to criticism of the end of faith. this work was followed by the moral landscape, published in 2010, in which harris argues that science can help answer moral problems and can aid the facilitation of human well-being. he subsequently published a long-form essay lying in 2011, the short book free will in 2012, and waking up: a guide to spirituality without religion in 2014. harris is a critic of religion and proponent of scientific skepticism and the "new atheism". he is also an advocate for the separation of church and state, freedom of religion, and the liberty to criticize religion. some commentators have claimed harris's writings encourage aggression towards and intolerance of muslims, while others have praised his criticism as unapologetically direct and long overdue. critics who read him as advocating ethnic profiling of muslims and waterboarding have accused harris of islamophobia. harris and others have said the term is misused and that such labeling is an attempt to silence criticism. harris has written articles for the huffington post, los angeles times, the washington post, the new york times, newsweek, and the journal nature. his articles touch upon a diversity of topics including religion, morality, neuroscience, free will, terrorism, and self-defense.harris, sam (2011). "sam harris: articles." . retrieved 12-21-2011. he regularly gives talks around the united states and great britain, including a speech at ted, where he outlined the arguments made in his book the moral landscape. harris has also made numerous television appearances, including interviews for nightline, real time with bill maher, the o'reilly factor, the daily show, the colbert report, and the last word, among others. he has also appeared in the documentary films the god who wasn't there (2005) and the unbelievers (2013).