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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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English


Episodes

#123 — Identity & Honesty

4/9/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ezra Klein, Editor-at-Large for Vox Media, about racism, identity politics, intellectual honesty, and the controversy over his podcast with Charles Murray (Waking Up #73). You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:02:11:55

#122 — Extreme Housekeeping Edition

4/3/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris responds to the ongoing controversy over his interview with Charles Murray and discusses his upcoming conversation with Ezra Klein. He also announces a change he will be making to the format of the podcast. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:00:43:55

#121 — White Power

3/24/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Christian Picciolini about his experience as a neo-Nazi skinhead. They discuss how Christian got out of the movement, the limits of shame and forgiveness, the cult-like dynamics of white supremacy, the alt-Right, Russian support for white supremacy in the US, “fake news”, the significance of Charlottesville, the SPLC, and many other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at...

Duration:02:31:17

#120 — What Is and What Matters

3/18/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Goldstein and Max Tegmark about the foundations of human knowledge and morality. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:55:46

#119 — Hidden Motives

3/12/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robin Hanson about our hidden motives in everyday life. They discuss selfishness, hypocrisy, norms and meta-norms, cheating, deception, self-deception, education, the evolutionary logic of conversation, social status, signaling and counter-signaling, common knowledge, AI, and many other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:02:21:56

# 118 — The View from Trumpistan

2/27/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Preet Bharara about President Trump and the Russia investigation. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/subscribe. Supporters get exclusive access to Sam's AMA episodes and other subscriber-only content.

Duration:01:09:14

#117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos

2/18/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Niall Ferguson about his new book "The Square and the Tower." They discuss his career as a writer, networks and hierarchies, how history gets written, the similarity between the 16th century and the 21st, the role of social media in the 2016 Presidential election, the influence of advertising on the public sphere, Trump, the Russian investigation, Islamic extremism, counterfactuals, what would have happened if Clinton had won...

Duration:02:03:08

The Russell Brand Interview

2/8/2018
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This episode of the Waking Up podcast features an interview that Sam did with Russell Brand on the Under the Skin podcast. They speak about religion, terrorism, politics, meditation, psychedelics, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:02:01:00

#116 — AI: Racing Toward the Brink

2/5/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eliezer Yudkowsky about the nature of intelligence, different types of AI, the "alignment problem," IS vs OUGHT, the possibility that future AI might deceive us, the AI arms race, conscious AI, coordination problems, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:02:10:51

#115 — Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)

1/28/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Lawrence Krauss and Matt Dillahunty about the threat of nuclear war, Christian support for Trump, science and a universal conception of morality, the role of intuition in science, the primacy of consciousness, the nature of time, free will, the self, meditation, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:01:40:09

#114 — Politics and Sanity

1/22/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan about the Trump presidency, hyper-partisanship, how democracies fail, immigration, the lowering life expectancy in the U.S., racism, social media, the opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, religion, what a healthy politics might look like, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:02:18:44

#113 — Consciousness and the Self

1/8/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anil Seth about the nature of consciousness, how to think about it scientifically, where consciousness emerges in nature, anesthesia, sleep, dreams, perception as a “controlled hallucination,” emotion, the experience of “pure consciousness,” consciousness as “integrated information,” measures of “brain complexity,” psychedelics, different aspects of the “self,” conscious AI, and many other topics. You can support the Waking...

Duration:03:06:09

#112 — The Intellectual Dark Web

1/1/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro about the breakdown of shared values, the problem with identity politics, religion, free will, the primacy of reason, and many other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:02:15:45

#111 — The Science of Meditation

12/28/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson about the current scientific understanding of meditation practice. They speak about the original stigma associated with meditation, the history of introspection in eastern and western cultures, the recent collaboration between Buddhism and western science, the difference between altered states and altered traits, an alternate conception of mental health, “meta-awareness,” the...

Duration:01:27:52

#110 — The Change Artist

12/23/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with AJ Jacobs about religion, gossip, polyamory, health advice, our past and future selves, “radical honesty,” human genealogy, tribalism, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:01:53:18

#109— Biology and Culture

12/18/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Bret Weinstein about the moral panic at Evergreen State College, the concept of race, genetic differences between human populations, intersectionality, sex and gender, “metaphorical truth,” religion and “group selection,” equality, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:02:09:00

#108 — Defending the Experts

12/13/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tom Nichols about his book The Death of Expertise. They discuss the “Dunning-Kruger Effect,” the growth of knowledge and reliance on authority, when experts fail, the repudiation of expertise in politics, conspiracy thinking, North Korea, Trump, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:01:38:19

#107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?

12/5/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Benatar about his philosophy of “anti-natalism." They discuss the asymmetry between the good and bad things in life, the ethics of existential risk, the moral landscape, the limits and paradoxes of introspection, the “experience machine” thought experiment, population ethics, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:01:56:08

#106 — Humanity 2.0

11/28/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jennifer Doudna about the gene-editing technology CRISPR/cas9. They talk about the biology of gene editing, how specific tissues in the body can be targeted, the ethical implications of changing the human genome, the importance of curiosity-driven science, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:00:48:19

#105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty

11/19/2017
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The following conversation between Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty was recorded at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on November 2, 2017. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration:01:38:03

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