Waking Up With Sam Harris

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Synopsis

Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.Mr. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

Episodes

  • #191 — Early Thoughts on a Pandemic

    #191 — Early Thoughts on a Pandemic

    11/03/2020 Duration: 01h06min

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Amesh Adalja about the spreading coronavirus pandemic. They discuss the contagiousness of the virus and the severity of the resultant illness, the mortality rate and risk factors, vectors of transmission, how long coronavirus can live on surfaces, the importance of social distancing, possible anti-viral treatments, the timeline for a vaccine, the importance of pandemic preparedness, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #190 — How Should We Respond to Coronavirus?

    #190 — How Should We Respond to Coronavirus?

    10/03/2020 Duration: 01h18min

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss the likely effects on society, proactive vs reactive school closures, community transmission, false comparisons between coronavirus and flu, the imperative of social distancing, the timeline of the pandemic, Trump’s political messaging, the widespread distrust of expertise, the importance of "flattening the curve" of the epidemic, the possible failure of our healthcare system, gradations of personal response to this threat, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #189 — Wealth  Happiness

    #189 — Wealth & Happiness

    02/03/2020 Duration: 01h11min

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Scott Galloway about the connection between wealth and happiness. They discuss the problem of wealth inequality, the transfer of wealth from the young to the old, class warfare in Democratic politics, deficit spending, means testing Social Security, Bloomberg’s campaign and “stop and frisk,” breaking up big tech, privacy absolutism, meditation, mortality, atheism, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #188 — February 28, 2020

    #188 — February 28, 2020

    28/02/2020 Duration: 32min

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom speak about the virtues of President Trump, the campaign prospects of Bloomberg and Sanders, the asymmetrical norms of the Democratic and Republican parties, the marginal role that parents play in the development of their children, wealth inequality and the breakdown of the nuclear family, whether Paul should take LSD, the deplatforming of Peter Singer, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #187 — February 20, 2020

    #187 — February 20, 2020

    21/02/2020 Duration: 27min

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom speak about the epidemic of child sexual abuse, the ethics of loyalty, eugenics, existential risk, the Bloomberg and Sanders campaigns, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #186 — The Bomb

    #186 — The Bomb

    18/02/2020 Duration: 01h19min

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Fred Kaplan about the ever-present threat of nuclear war. They discuss the history of nuclear deterrence, U.S. first-strike policy, preventive war, limited nuclear war, tactical vs. strategic weapons, Trump’s beliefs about nuclear weapons, the details of command and control, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe

  • #185 — February 7, 2020

    #185 — February 7, 2020

    07/02/2020 Duration: 30min

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom speak about "Trump Derangement Syndrome," inequality, the relationship between wealth and happiness, the downside of fame, psychological impediments to noticing progress, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe

  • #184 — The Conversational Nature of Reality

    #184 — The Conversational Nature of Reality

    03/02/2020 Duration: 29min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with poet David Whyte about the importance of work and relationships, the balance between training and expressing of one's talents, the lessons of mortality, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #183 — January 28, 2020

    #183 — January 28, 2020

    28/01/2020 Duration: 27min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom discuss topics in the news including the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. They also explore the paradoxes of moral responsibility. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #182 — Unlearning Race

    #182 — Unlearning Race

    23/01/2020 Duration: 39min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Chatterton Williams about the reality and politics of race. They discuss his book “Self Portrait in Black and White,” race as a social and biological construct, the prospects of achieving a “post-racial” society, interracial marriage, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #181 — The Illusory Self

    #181 — The Illusory Self

    13/01/2020 Duration: 02h32min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Lang about how to experience the world beyond the illusion of the self. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #180 — Sex  Power

    #180 — Sex & Power

    30/12/2019 Duration: 48min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Meghan Daum about her book “The Problem with Everything.” They discuss contemporary feminism, violence against women, campus sexual assault, moral panics, new norms of conversation, the 2020 Presidential campaign, and other topics.  SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #179 — The Unquiet Mind

    #179 — The Unquiet Mind

    17/12/2019 Duration: 33min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Judson Brewer about addiction, craving, and mindfulness. They discuss the nature of reward-based learning, the role of subjective bias in addiction, the neuroscience of craving, the neural correlates of the sense of self, real-time neuroimaging, effort and effortlessness in meditation, smoking cessation through mindfulness, the difference between dopamine-driven reward and happiness, how to make meditation a habit, working with anxiety, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #178 — The Reality Illusion

    #178 — The Reality Illusion

    11/12/2019 Duration: 01h07min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast Sam and Annaka Harris speak with Donald Hoffman about his book “The Case Against Reality.” They discuss how evolution has failed to select for true perceptions of the world, his “interface theory” of perception, the primacy of math and logic, how space and time cannot be fundamental, the threat of epistemological skepticism, causality as a useful fiction, the hard problem of consciousness, agency, free will, panpsychism, a mathematics of conscious agents, philosophical idealism, death, psychedelics, the relationship between consciousness and mathematics, and many other topics. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #177 — Psychedelic Science

    #177 — Psychedelic Science

    02/12/2019 Duration: 01h26min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Roland Griffiths about the current state of research on psychedelics. They discuss the historical prohibition against their use; the clinical and scientific promise of psilocybin, mescaline, LSD, DMT, MDMA, and other compounds; the risks associated with these drugs; the role of “set and setting”; the differences between psychedelics and drugs of abuse; MDMA and neurotoxicity; experiences of unity, sacredness, love, and truth; the long-term consequences of psychedelic experiences; synthetic vs natural drugs; the prospects of devising new psychedelics; microdosing; research on psilocybin and long-term meditators; the experience of encountering other apparent beings; psilocybin treatment of addiction; and other topics. In his Afterword, Sam discusses his experience on a large dose of psilocybin—his first psychedelic experience in 25 years. SUBSCRIBE to continue listening and gain access to all content on samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #176 — Knowledge  Redemption

    #176 — Knowledge & Redemption

    23/11/2019 Duration: 01h03min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Lynn Novick about her four-part documentary "College Behind Bars." The film follows the progress of students in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) as they pursue their undergraduate degrees. Sam and Lynn are joined by Jule Hall, a BPI graduate who served a 22-year sentence and is now working for the Ford Foundation. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #175 — Leaving the Faith

    #175 — Leaving the Faith

    11/11/2019 Duration: 01h20min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yasmine Mohammed about her book "Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam." They discuss her family background and indoctrination into conservative Islam, the double standard that Western liberals use when thinking about women in the Muslim community, the state of feminism in general, honor violence, the validity of criticizing other cultures, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #174 — Life  Mind

    #174 — Life & Mind

    04/11/2019 Duration: 02h56min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins. They discuss the strangeness of the “gene’s-eye view" of the world, the limits of Darwinian thinking when applied to human life, the concept of the extended phenotype, ideologies as meme complexes, whether consciousness might be an epiphenomenon, psychedelics, meditation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #173 — Anti-Semitism and Its Discontents

    #173 — Anti-Semitism and Its Discontents

    28/10/2019 Duration: 01h14min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Bari Weiss about her book “How to Fight anti-Semitism.” They discuss the three different strands of anti-Semitism (rightwing, leftwing, and Islamic), the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, the difference between anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, “Great Replacement Theory,” the populist response to globalization, the history of anti-Semitism in the U.S., criticisms of Israel, the fate of Jews in Western Europe, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #172 — Among the Deplorables

    #172 — Among the Deplorables

    21/10/2019 Duration: 02h01min

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Marantz about his book “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation." They discuss the effect of social media on politics, the distinction between publishers and platforms, the problem of guilt by association, getting too close to interview subjects, the confusing nature of troll culture, the notion of “dog whistles,” how to respond to the current reality of racism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

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