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Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events.

Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events.
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Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events.

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Episodes

#142 — Addiction, Depression, and a Meaningful Life

11/12/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Johann Hari about his books "Chasing the Scream" and "Lost Connections." You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:56:27

#141— Is #MeToo Going Too Far?

11/5/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Traister about her new book "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger." You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:48:49

The TED Interview

10/30/2018
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Sam talks to the head of TED, Chris Anderson, about using reason to build our morality. Sam makes the case that reason can indeed answer moral questions, and then explores the many controversies that emerge from that claim. Moral superiority? Cultural superiority? Moral progress? Chris and Sam dig in to discuss the right ways to think about defining right from wrong, and reason’s role in it all. This is an episode of The TED Interview, a new podcast from TED. It's available wherever you get...

Duration:01:07:04

#140 — Burning Down the Fourth Estate

10/17/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Matt Taibbi about the state journalism and the polarization of our politics. They discuss the controversy over Steve Bannon at the New Yorker Festival, monetizing the Trump phenomenon, the Jamal Kashoggi murder, the Kavanaugh hearing, the Rolling Stone reporting on the UVA rape case, the viability of a political center, the 2020 Presidential election, the Russia investigation, our vanishing attention span, and other...

Duration:01:56:52

#139 — Sacred & Profane

10/3/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris gets together with Bill Maher and Larry Charles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their film "Religulous." They discuss religion, politics, comedy, and other dangerous topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:02:03:47

Introducing the Waking Up Course

9/24/2018
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In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris introduces the Waking Up Course. More information can be found at WakingUp.com.

Duration:00:10:24

#138 — The Edge of Humanity

9/19/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Waking...

Duration:02:06:24

#137 — Safe Space

9/9/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jonathan Haidt about his new book "The Coddling of the American Mind." They discuss the hostility to free speech that has grown more common among young adults, recent moral panics on campus, the role of intentions in ethical life, the economy of prestige in “call out” culture, how we should define bigotry, systemic racism, the paradox of progress, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive...

Duration:01:36:02

#136 — Digital Humanism

8/30/2018
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In this episode the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jaron Lanier about the economics, politics, and psychology of our digital lives. They discuss the insidious idea that information should be free, what we should want from an advanced economy, the role of advertising, libertarianism in Silicon Valley, the problems with social media, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:03:36

#135 — Navigating Sex and Gender

8/20/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Martie Haselton about sex and gender, the role of hormones in human psychology, “Darwinian feminism,” the unique hormonal experience of women, transgenderism, the Google Memo, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:30:08

#134 — Beyond the Politics of Race

7/29/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:56:01

#133 — Globalism on the Brink

7/18/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ian Bremmer about the failure of globalism and rise of populism. They discuss immigration, trade, automation, wealth inequality, Trump, identity politics and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:14:11

#132 — Freeing the Hostages

7/9/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Chris Voss about his experience as a hostage negotiator for the FBI. They discuss different types of hostage crises, along with many of the lessons that apply to negotiating in normal life. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:17:32

#131 — Dictators, Immigration, #MeToo, and Other Imponderables

7/2/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Masha Gessen about Vladimir Putin, the problem of gauging public opinion in Russia, Trump's fondness for dictators, the challenges of immigration, comparisons between Christian and Muslim intolerance, "fake news" and the health of journalism, the #MeToo movement, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:34:44

#130 — Universal Basic Income

6/18/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with presidential candidate Andrew Yang about "universal basic income" (UBI). They discuss the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, the arguments for and against UBI, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:14:59

#129 — An Insider’s View of Medicine

6/11/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Dr. Nina Shapiro about the practice of medicine. They discuss the unique resiliency of children, the importance of second opinions, bad doctors, how medical training has changed in recent years, medical uncertainty, risk perception, vaccine safety, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:16:30

#128 — Transformations of Mind

6/4/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Geoffrey Miller about evolutionary psychology. They discuss sexual selection, virtue signaling, social media, public shaming, monogamy and polyamory, taboo topics in science, genetic engineering, gender differences and the “Google memo,” moral psychology, existential risk, AI, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:02:37:59

#127 — Freedom from the Known

5/27/2018
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In this episode the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Michael Pollan about his new book “How to Change Your Mind.” They cover the the resurgence of interest in psychedelics in clinical practice and end-of-life care, the “betterment of well people,” the relationship between thinking and mental suffering, the differences between psychedelics and meditation, the non-duality of consciousness, the brain’s “default mode network,” their experiences with various psychedelics, and other...

Duration:01:28:02

#126 — In Defense of Honor

5/8/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast Sam Harris speaks with Tamler Sommers about cultures of honor. They discuss the difference between honor and dignity, “justice porn,” honor killings, honor and interpersonal violence, prison and gang culture, collective responsibility and collective punishment, retributive vs restorative justice, the ethics of forgiveness and redemption, #metoo, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at...

Duration:02:11:37

#125 — What Is Christianity?

5/1/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks to Bart Ehrman about his experience of being a born-again Christian, his academic training in New Testament scholarship, his loss of faith, the most convincing argument in defense of Christianity, the status of miracles, the composition of the New Testament, the resurrection of Jesus, the nature of heaven and hell, the book of Revelation, the End Times, self-contradictions in the Bible, the concept of a messiah, whether Jesus...

Duration:01:57:49