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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

#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

#124 — In Search of Reality

4/21/2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sean Carroll about our understanding of reality. They discuss consciousness, the many worlds view of quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, free will, facts and values, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Duration:01:58:08

#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:02:23:23

#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