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Waking Up with Sam Harris

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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

#104 — The Lessons of Death

11/14/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Frank Ostaseski about death and dying—and about how the awareness of death can improve our lives in each moment. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration: 01:07:59


#103 — American Fantasies

11/8/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kurt Andersen about the American aptitude for unfounded belief, the religious lunacy of the Puritans, populist mistrust of authority, the link between postmodernism and religious fundamentalism, the unique history of American religious entrepreneurship, the Trump phenomenon, the effect of fame on politics, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration: 01:11:22


#102 — Is Buddhism True?

10/30/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Wright about his book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration: 02:13:02


#101 — Defending the Republic

10/17/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Cass Sunstein about the polarization and fragmentation of American society, “choice architecture,” the importance of face-to-face interactions for problem solving, group polarization and identity politics, virtuous extremism, the wisdom of crowds, direct democracy, the limits of free speech, the process of Presidential impeachment, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:22:10


#100 — Facing the Crowd

10/9/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and current threats to free speech. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration: 01:41:19


The "After On" Interview

10/5/2017
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This episode of the Waking Up podcast features an interview that Sam Harris did with Rob Reid on the After On podcast. They speak about publishing, psychedelics, terrorism, meditation, free speech and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Duration: 01:47:57


#99 — The Fate of Liberalism

9/28/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Lilla about the fate of political liberalism in the United States, the emergence of a new identity politics, the roll of class in American society, wealth inequality, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:17:35


#98 — Into the Dark Land

9/20/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:09:50


#97 — The Impossible War

9/14/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their latest film, The Vietnam War. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:01:29


#96 — The Nature of Consciousness

9/10/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Metzinger about the scientific and experiential understanding of consciousness. They also talk about talk about the significance of WWII for the history of ideas, role of intuition in science, the ethics of building conscious AI, the nature of the self as an hallucination, how we identify with our thoughts, attention as the root of the feeling of self, the place of Eastern philosophy in Western science, and the...

Duration: 01:54:21


#95 — What You Need to Know About Climate Change

9/5/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Joseph Romm about how the climate is changing and how we know that human behavior is the primary cause. They discuss why small changes in temperature matter so much, the threats of sea-level rise and desertification, the best and worst case scenarios, the Paris Climate Agreement, the politics surrounding climate science, and many other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 02:06:51


#94 — The Future of Intelligence

8/29/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Max Tegmark about his new book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. They talk about the nature of intelligence, the risks of superhuman AI, a nonbiological definition of life, the substrate independence of minds, the relevance and irrelevance of consciousness for the future of AI, near-term breakthroughs in AI, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:28:58


#93 — Identity & Terror

8/21/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about identity politics, the rise of white nationalism, the events in Charlottesville, guilt by association, the sources of western values, the problem of finding meaning in a secular world, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:29:32


#92 — The Limits of Persuasion

8/16/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Pizarro and Tamler Sommers about free speech on campus, the Scott Adams podcast, the failings of the mainstream media, moral persuasion, moral certainty, the ethics of abortion, Buddhism, the illusion of the self, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 02:20:48


#91 — The Biology of Good and Evil

8/9/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Sapolsky about his work with baboons, the opposition between reason and emotion, doubt, the evolution of the brain, the civilizing role of the frontal cortex, the illusion of free will, justice and vengeance, brain-machine interface, religion, drugs, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:38:13


#90 — Living With Violence

8/6/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gavin de Becker about the primacy of human intuition in the prediction and prevention of violence. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 02:21:38


#89 — On Becoming a Better Person

7/25/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Brooks about his book The Road to Character, the importance of words like “sin” and "virtue," self-esteem vs. self-overcoming, the significance of keeping promises, honesty, President Trump, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 00:58:16


#88 — Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?

7/21/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Bowden about the problem of a nuclear-armed North Korea. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:09:07


#87 — Triggered

7/19/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Scott Adams debate the character and competence of President Trump. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 02:17:30


#86 — From Cells to Cities

7/14/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Geoffrey West about how biological and social systems scale, the significance of fractals, the prospects of radically extending human life, the concept of “emergence” in complex systems, the importance of cities, the necessity for continuous innovation, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 02:09:36

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