I think I am Probably the only person who finds Sam Harris extremely Annoying and am not sure exactly why.
I tend to agree with perhaps 65% of his logic. for the life of me, i cannot understand why this dude seems to get under my skin.
I think having to deal with ignorant zealots and explaining he same old logic while banging your head against the proverbial brick wall would make someone condescending at times, or pretentious as you say. But when I compare him with say Dawkins, I'd consider him humble. In anycase, I do not care. These guys are out there fighting the logic fight and I am so glad about that.
You’re definitely not the only one. I can’t stand him. I never real could. Then after a few years of trying to give him a chance he was supporting asinine stuff like stop & frisk policies of the NYPD, and made some misogynistic comments but instead of apologizing came up with the “I can’t be a misogynist because I have a mom and a wife” sort of bullshit. It was just too much. I gave away the two books of his I had to people that wanted it and I just continue living my life without giving him much thought.