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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.

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English


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#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


#85 — Is this the End of Europe?

7/7/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about his book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:28:32


#84 — Landscapes of Mind

7/1/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kevin Kelly about why it’s so hard to predict future technology, the nature of intelligence, the “singularity,” artificial consciousness, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:43:08


#83 — The Politics of Emergency

6/23/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Fareed Zakaria about his career as a journalist, Samuel Huntington's "clash of civilizations," political partisanship, Trump, the health of the news media, the connection between Islam and intolerance, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:24:43


#82 — The End of the World According to ISIS

6/15/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Graeme Wood about his experience reporting on ISIS, the myth of online recruitment, the theology of ISIS, the quality of their propaganda, the most important American recruit to the organization, the roles of Jesus and the Anti-Christ in Islamic prophecy, free speech and the ongoing threat of jihadism, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:45:45


#81 — Leaving Islam

6/9/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sarah Haider about her organization Ex-Muslims of North America, how the political Left is confused about Islam, "rape culture" under Islam, honesty without bigotry, stealth theocracy, immigration, the prospects of reforming Islam, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:45:49


#80 — The Unraveling

6/4/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about political partisanship, recent security leaks, Trump's foreign policy, the Russia investigation, Kathy Griffin's joke, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Duration: 01:00:11


#79 — The Road to Tyranny

5/29/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Timothy Snyder about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.

Duration: 01:19:39


#78 — Persuasion and Control

5/26/2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Zeynep Tufekci about "surveillance capitalism," the Trump campaign's use of Facebook, AI-enabled marketing, the health of the press, Wikileaks, ransomware attacks, and other topics.

Duration: 01:29:49

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