Waking Up With Sam Harris

Waking Up With Sam Harris

Synopsis

Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.Mr. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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Episodes

  • #176 — Knowledge  Redemption
    #176 — Knowledge & Redemption
    Duration: 01h03min | 23/11/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Lynn Novick about her four-part documentary "College Behind Bars." The film follows the progress of students in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) as they pursue their undergraduate degrees. Sam and Lynn are joined by Jule Hall, a BPI graduate who served a 22-year sentence and is now working for the Ford Foundation. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #175 — Leaving the Faith
    #175 — Leaving the Faith
    Duration: 01h20min | 11/11/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yasmine Mohammed about her book "Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam." They discuss her family background and indoctrination into conservative Islam, the double standard that Western liberals use when thinking about women in the Muslim community, the state of feminism in general, honor violence, the validity of criticizing other cultures, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #174 — Life  Mind
    #174 — Life & Mind
    Duration: 02h56min | 04/11/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins. They discuss the strangeness of the “gene’s-eye view" of the world, the limits of Darwinian thinking when applied to human life, the concept of the extended phenotype, ideologies as meme complexes, whether consciousness might be an epiphenomenon, psychedelics, meditation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #173 — Anti-Semitism and Its Discontents
    #173 — Anti-Semitism and Its Discontents
    Duration: 01h14min | 28/10/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Bari Weiss about her book “How to Fight anti-Semitism.” They discuss the three different strands of anti-Semitism (rightwing, leftwing, and Islamic), the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, the difference between anti-Semitism and other forms of racism, “Great Replacement Theory,” the populist response to globalization, the history of anti-Semitism in the U.S., criticisms of Israel, the fate of Jews in Western Europe, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #172 — Among the Deplorables
    #172 — Among the Deplorables
    Duration: 02h01min | 21/10/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Marantz about his book “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation." They discuss the effect of social media on politics, the distinction between publishers and platforms, the problem of guilt by association, getting too close to interview subjects, the confusing nature of troll culture, the notion of “dog whistles,” how to respond to the current reality of racism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #171 — Escaping a Christian Cult
    #171 — Escaping a Christian Cult
    Duration: 02h36min | 08/10/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper about her book "Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #170 — The Great Uncoupling
    #170 — The Great Uncoupling
    Duration: 02h34min | 02/10/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew McAfee about the history of human progress and the modern uncoupling of our prosperity from resource consumption. They discuss the pitfalls and hidden virtues of capitalism, technological progress, environmental policy, the future of the developing world, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #169 — Omens of a Race War
    #169 — Omens of a Race War
    Duration: 02h32min | 20/09/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kathleen Belew about the white power movement in the United States. They discuss white supremacy, white nationalism, white separatism, the militia movement, “The Turner Diaries,” the connection between the white power movement and war, the significance of Ruby Ridge and Waco, the Christian Identity movement, the significance of “leaderless resistance,” the failures of the justice system in prosecuting white power crimes, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #168 — Mind, Space,  Motion
    #168 — Mind, Space, & Motion
    Duration: 01h27min | 11/09/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Barbara Tversky about how our senses of space and motion underlie our capacity for thought. They discuss the evolution of mind prior to language, the importance of imitation and gesture, the sensory and motor homunculi, the information communicated by motion, the role of “mirror neurons,” sense of direction, natural and unnatural categories, cognitive trade-offs, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #167 — A Few Thoughts on White Supremacy
    #167 — A Few Thoughts on White Supremacy
    Duration: 41min | 26/08/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris addresses listener concerns that he uses a "double standard" to evaluate the relative threats of white supremacy and jihadism. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #166 — The Plague Years
    #166 — The Plague Years
    Duration: 01h04min | 21/08/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Matt McCarthy about his book "Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic." They discuss the problem of drug resistant bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses, and the failure of the pharmaceutical industry to keep pace with evolution. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #165 — Journey into Wokeness
    #165 — Journey into Wokeness
    Duration: 02h15min | 14/08/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Caitlin Flanagan about her work as a writer. They discuss controversies on social media, the contradictions within feminism, media bias, #MeToo, the new norms of sexuality, the wokeness of academia, affirmative action, college admissions, HR departments, sexual harassment, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #164 — Cause  Effect
    #164 — Cause & Effect
    Duration: 02h53min | 05/08/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Judea Pearl about his work on the mathematics of causality and artificial intelligence. They discuss how science has generally failed to understand causation, different levels of causal inference, counterfactuals, the foundations of knowledge, the nature of possibility, the illusion of free will, artificial intelligence, the nature of consciousness, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #163 — Ricky Gervais
    #163 — Ricky Gervais
    Duration: 02h11min | 12/07/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ricky Gervais. They discuss fame, the effect of social media, the changing state of comedy, offensive jokes, Louis CK, political hypocrisy, Brexit and Trump, the state of journalism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #162 — Medical Intelligence
    #162 — Medical Intelligence
    Duration: 01h19min | 03/07/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Topol about the way artificial intelligence can improve medicine. They talk about soaring medical costs and declining health outcomes in the U.S., the problems of too little and too much medicine, the culture of medicine, the travesty of electronic health records, the current status of AI in medicine, the promise of further breakthroughs, possible downsides of relying on AI in medicine, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #161 — Rise  Fall
    #161 — Rise & Fall
    Duration: 01h28min | 24/06/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jared Diamond about the rise and fall of civilizations. They discuss political polarization, disparities in civilizational progress, the prospect that there may be biological differences between populations, the precariousness of democracy in the US, the lack of a strong political center, immigration policy, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #160 — The Revenge of History
    #160 — The Revenge of History
    Duration: 02h02min | 17/06/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Michael Weiss and Yascha Mounk about the state of global politics. They discuss the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, the prospect that democracy could fail in the US, Trump’s political instincts, the political liability of “wokeness,” the Left’s failure to re-think its support of Chavez, the dangers of political polarization, the attractions of extreme partisanship, cancel culture, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #159 — Conscious
    #159 — Conscious
    Duration: 01h12min | 06/06/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with his wife, Annaka Harris, about her new book, "Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #158 — Understanding Humans in the Wild
    #158 — Understanding Humans in the Wild
    Duration: 02h02min | 30/05/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Adam Grant about the social science of the workplace. They discuss how teams work effectively, the nature of power, personality types and fundamental styles of interaction, the critical skill of saying “no,” creativity, resilience, the strange case of Jonas Salk, the nature of mindfulness, the power of cognitive reappraisal, reflections on mortality, the replication crisis in social science, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #157 — What Does the Mueller Report Really Say?
    #157 — What Does the Mueller Report Really Say?
    Duration: 01h17min | 20/05/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Benjamin Wittes about both volumes of the Mueller Report. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #156 — The Evolution of Culture
    #156 — The Evolution of Culture
    Duration: 02h37min | 13/05/2019

    In the episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about his new book, "Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only contentatsamharris.org/subscribe.

  • #155 — Mental Models
    #155 — Mental Models
    Duration: 02h01min | 29/04/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Shane Parrish about some of the mental models that should guide our thinking and behavior. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #154 — What Do Jihadists Really Want? (2019)
    #154 — What Do Jihadists Really Want? (2019)
    Duration: 54min | 25/04/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads from an issue of Dabiq, the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #153 — Possible Minds
    #153 — Possible Minds
    Duration: 04h49min | 15/04/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris introduces John Brockman's new anthology, "Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI," in conversation with three of its authors: George Dyson, Alison Gopnik, and Stuart Russell. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #152 — The Trouble with Facebook
    #152 — The Trouble with Facebook
    Duration: 02h53min | 27/03/2019

    In the episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Roger McNamee about his book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #151 — Will We Destroy the Future?
    #151 — Will We Destroy the Future?
    Duration: 02h42min | 18/03/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nick Bostrom about the problem of existential risk. They discuss public goods, moral illusions, the asymmetry between happiness and suffering, utilitarianism, "the vulnerable world hypothesis," the history of nuclear deterrence, the possible need for "turnkey totalitarianism," whether we're living in a computer simulation, the Doomsday Argument, the implications of extraterrestrial life, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #150 — The Map of Misunderstanding
    #150 — The Map of Misunderstanding
    Duration: 02h01min | 12/03/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Daniel Kahneman at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. They discuss the replication crisis in science, System 1 and System 2, where intuitions reliably fail, expert intuitions, the power of framing, moral illusions, anticipated regret, the asymmetry between threats and opportunities, the utility of worrying, removing obstacles to wanted behaviors, the remembering self vs the experiencing self, improving the quality of gossip, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #149 — The Problem of Addiction
    #149 — The Problem of Addiction
    Duration: 02h32min | 04/03/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sally Satel about addiction. They discuss whether addiction should be considered a disease, the opiate epidemic in the U.S., the unique danger of fentanyl, the politicization of medicine, PTSD, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #148 — Jack Dorsey
    #148 — Jack Dorsey
    Duration: 01h26min | 05/02/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jack Dorsey about how he manages his dual CEO roles at Square and Twitter, the role that Twitter plays in journalism, how it’s different from other social media, what makes a conversation healthy, the logic by which Twitter suspends people, the argument for kicking Trump off the platform, Jack’s practice of meditation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #147 — Stephen Fry
    #147 — Stephen Fry
    Duration: 02h21s | 28/01/2019

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Stephen Fry about comedy, atheism, political correctness, meditation, ambition, empathy, psychedelics, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen's experience of manic depression, and much else. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #146 — Digital Capitalism
    #146 — Digital Capitalism
    Duration: 02h40min | 16/01/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Rushkoff about the state of the digital economy. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #145 — The Information War
    #145 — The Information War
    Duration: 01h20min | 02/01/2019

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Renee Diresta about Russia's "Internet Research Agency" and its efforts to amplify conspiracy thinking and partisan conflict in the United States. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • The Drive Interview with Peter Attia
    The Drive Interview with Peter Attia
    Duration: 03h54min | 20/12/2018

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Peter Attia about meditation and the nature of mind. They discuss types of meditation, the difference between pain and suffering, the difference between joy and wellbeing, the half-life of negative emotions, thinking and dreaming, the power of culture, the power of language, letting go of anger, MDMA, loving one's enemies, moral luck, the ethics of lying, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #144 — Conquering Hate
    #144 — Conquering Hate
    Duration: 03h41min | 07/12/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Deeyah Khan about her groundbreaking films "Jihad" and "White Right." They discuss her history as a target of religious intolerance, her adventures with neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, the similarities between extremist groups, the dangers of political correctness, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #143 — The Keys to the Mind
    #143 — The Keys to the Mind
    Duration: 02h52min | 21/11/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Derren Brown about his work as a "psychological illusionist." They discuss the power of hypnosis, the power of expectations, the usefulness of Stoic philosophy, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #142 — Addiction, Depression, and a Meaningful Life
    #142 — Addiction, Depression, and a Meaningful Life
    Duration: 02h56min | 13/11/2018

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

  • #141— Is #MeToo Going Too Far?
    #141— Is #MeToo Going Too Far?
    Duration: 02h48min | 05/11/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • The TED Interview
    The TED Interview
    Duration: 01h07min | 30/10/2018

    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 your podcasts. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #140 — Burning Down the Fourth Estate
    #140 — Burning Down the Fourth Estate
    Duration: 02h56min | 17/10/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #139 — Sacred  Profane
    #139 — Sacred & Profane
    Duration: 02h03min | 03/10/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • Introducing the Waking Up Course
    Introducing the Waking Up Course
    Duration: 10min | 25/09/2018

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris introduces the Waking Up Course. More information can be found at WakingUp.com. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #138 — The Edge of Humanity
    #138 — The Edge of Humanity
    Duration: 02h07min | 20/09/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #137 — Safe Space
    #137 — Safe Space
    Duration: 02h36min | 10/09/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #136 — Digital Humanism
    #136 — Digital Humanism
    Duration: 01h03min | 30/08/2018

    In this episode the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #135 — Navigating Sex and Gender
    #135 — Navigating Sex and Gender
    Duration: 02h30min | 20/08/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #134 — Beyond the Politics of Race
    #134 — Beyond the Politics of Race
    Duration: 02h56min | 29/07/2018

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

  • #133 — Globalism on the Brink
    #133 — Globalism on the Brink
    Duration: 01h14min | 18/07/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #132 — Freeing the Hostages
    #132 — Freeing the Hostages
    Duration: 01h17min | 09/07/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #131 — Dictators, Immigration, #MeToo, and Other Imponderables
    #131 — Dictators, Immigration, #MeToo, and Other Imponderables
    Duration: 02h34min | 03/07/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #130 — Universal Basic Income
    #130 — Universal Basic Income
    Duration: 01h08min | 19/06/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #129 — An Insider’s View of Medicine
    #129 — An Insider’s View of Medicine
    Duration: 01h16min | 12/06/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #128 — Transformations of Mind
    #128 — Transformations of Mind
    Duration: 03h38min | 04/06/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #127 — Freedom from the Known
    #127 — Freedom from the Known
    Duration: 01h21min | 28/05/2018

    In this episode the Making Sense 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 topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #126 — In Defense of Honor
    #126 — In Defense of Honor
    Duration: 02h11min | 08/05/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #125 — What Is Christianity?
    #125 — What Is Christianity?
    Duration: 02h51min | 01/05/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 actually existed, Christianity as a cult of human sacrifice, the conversion of Constantine, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #124 — In Search of Reality
    #124 — In Search of Reality
    Duration: 02h58min | 21/04/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #123 — Identity  Honesty
    #123 — Identity & Honesty
    Duration: 02h11min | 09/04/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 (Making Sense #73).  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #122 — Extreme Housekeeping Edition
    #122 — Extreme Housekeeping Edition
    Duration: 43min | 03/04/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #121 — White Power
    #121 — White Power
    Duration: 02h23min | 25/03/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

  • #120 — What Is and What Matters
    #120 — What Is and What Matters
    Duration: 02h55min | 19/03/2018

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

  • #119 — Hidden Motives
    #119 — Hidden Motives
    Duration: 02h21min | 12/03/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.  

  • # 118 — The View from Trumpistan
    # 118 — The View from Trumpistan
    Duration: 01h09min | 27/02/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Preet Bharara about President Trump and the Russia investigation.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos
    #117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos
    Duration: 02h03min | 19/02/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 the presidency, immigration in Europe, conspiracy theories, capitalism, globalization, communism, wealth inequality, universal basic income, Henry Kissinger, the prospect of a US war with China, cyberwar, and other topics.  You support the Making Sense podcast at SamHarris.org/subscribe.   

  • The Russell Brand Interview
    The Russell Brand Interview
    Duration: 02h01min | 09/02/2018

    This episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #116 — AI: Racing Toward the Brink
    #116 — AI: Racing Toward the Brink
    Duration: 02h10min | 06/02/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #115 — Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)
    #115 — Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)
    Duration: 02h40min | 29/01/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #114 — Politics and Sanity
    #114 — Politics and Sanity
    Duration: 02h18min | 22/01/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #113 — Consciousness and the Self
    #113 — Consciousness and the Self
    Duration: 03h06min | 09/01/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anil Seth about the scientific study of consciousness, where consciousness emerges in nature, levels of consciousness, 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #112 — The Intellectual Dark Web
    #112 — The Intellectual Dark Web
    Duration: 02h15min | 02/01/2018

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #111 — The Science of Meditation
    #111 — The Science of Meditation
    Duration: 01h27min | 28/12/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 relationship between mindfulness and “flow,” the difference between pain and suffering, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #110 — The Change Artist
    #110 — The Change Artist
    Duration: 02h53min | 23/12/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #109— Biology and Culture
    #109— Biology and Culture
    Duration: 02h09min | 19/12/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #108 — Defending the Experts
    #108 — Defending the Experts
    Duration: 02h38min | 14/12/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?
    #107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?
    Duration: 02h56min | 06/12/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #106 — Humanity 2.0
    #106 — Humanity 2.0
    Duration: 48min | 29/11/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty
    #105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty
    Duration: 02h38min | 20/11/2017

    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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #104 — The Lessons of Death
    #104 — The Lessons of Death
    Duration: 01h08min | 15/11/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #103 — American Fantasies
    #103 — American Fantasies
    Duration: 01h11min | 09/11/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #102 — Is Buddhism True?
    #102 — Is Buddhism True?
    Duration: 02h13min | 30/10/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #101 — Defending the Republic
    #101 — Defending the Republic
    Duration: 01h22min | 17/10/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #100 — Facing the Crowd
    #100 — Facing the Crowd
    Duration: 02h41min | 09/10/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and current threats to free speech. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • The After On Interview
    The "After On" Interview
    Duration: 02h47min | 06/10/2017

    This episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #99 — What Happened to Liberalism?
    #99 — What Happened to Liberalism?
    Duration: 01h17min | 28/09/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 role of class in American society, wealth inequality, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #98 — Into the Dark Land
    #98 — Into the Dark Land
    Duration: 01h09min | 21/09/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #97 — The Impossible War
    #97 — The Impossible War
    Duration: 01h01min | 15/09/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their latest film, The Vietnam War. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #96 — The Nature of Consciousness
    #96 — The Nature of Consciousness
    Duration: 02h54min | 10/09/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Metzinger about the scientific and experiential understanding of consciousness. They also talk about the significance of WWII for the history of ideas, the role of intuition in science, the ethics of building conscious AI, 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 limitations of secular humanism. You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #95 — What You Need to Know About Climate Change
    #95 — What You Need to Know About Climate Change
    Duration: 02h06min | 05/09/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #94 — The Future of Intelligence
    #94 — The Future of Intelligence
    Duration: 01h28min | 29/08/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #93 — Identity  Terror
    #93 — Identity & Terror
    Duration: 01h29min | 21/08/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #92 — The Limits of Persuasion
    #92 — The Limits of Persuasion
    Duration: 02h20min | 16/08/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #91 — The Biology of Good and Evil
    #91 — The Biology of Good and Evil
    Duration: 02h38min | 09/08/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe. 

  • #90 — Living With Violence
    #90 — Living With Violence
    Duration: 02h21min | 06/08/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #89 — On Becoming a Better Person
    #89 — On Becoming a Better Person
    Duration: 58min | 25/07/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #88 — Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?
    #88 — Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?
    Duration: 01h09min | 21/07/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Bowden about the problem of a nuclear-armed North Korea. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #87 — Triggered
    #87 — Triggered
    Duration: 02h17min | 19/07/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Scott Adams debate the character and competence of President Trump. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #86 — From Cells to Cities
    #86 — From Cells to Cities
    Duration: 02h09min | 14/07/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #85 — Is this the End of Europe?
    #85 — Is this the End of Europe?
    Duration: 01h28min | 07/07/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about his book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.  

  • #84 — Landscapes of Mind
    #84 — Landscapes of Mind
    Duration: 02h43min | 01/07/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #83 — The Politics of Emergency
    #83 — The Politics of Emergency
    Duration: 01h24min | 23/06/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #82 — The End of the World According to ISIS
    #82 — The End of the World According to ISIS
    Duration: 02h45min | 15/06/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #81 — Leaving Islam
    #81 — Leaving Islam
    Duration: 02h45min | 09/06/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #80 — The Unraveling
    #80 — The Unraveling
    Duration: 01h09s | 04/06/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #79 — The Road to Tyranny
    #79 — The Road to Tyranny
    Duration: 01h19min | 29/05/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Timothy Snyder about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #78 — Persuasion and Control
    #78 — Persuasion and Control
    Duration: 01h29min | 26/05/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #77 — The Moral Complexity of Genetics
    #77 — The Moral Complexity of Genetics
    Duration: 02h12min | 22/05/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about the human desire to understand and manipulate heredity, the genius of Gregor Mendel, the ethics of altering our genes, the future of genetic medicine, patent issues in genetic research, controversies about race and intelligence, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #76 — The Path to Impeachment
    #76 — The Path to Impeachment
    Duration: 01h20min | 18/05/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum and Juliette Kayyem about the unfolding Russia scandal in the White House. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #75 — Ask Me Anything 7
    #75 — Ask Me Anything 7
    Duration: 58min | 12/05/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about the illusion of the self, his podcast with Charles Murray, the future of brain-machine interfaces, his BJJ practice, reasoning with the extreme Left, mindfulness and parenting, his experience of going back to school after a long break, transgenderism, increasing one’s vocabulary, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #74 — What Should We Eat?
    #74 — What Should We Eat?
    Duration: 02h07min | 06/05/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gary Taubes about his career as a science journalist, the difficulty of studying nutrition and public health scientifically, the growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the role of hormones in weight gain, the controversies surrounding his work, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #73 — Forbidden Knowledge
    #73 — Forbidden Knowledge
    Duration: 02h18min | 23/04/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book "The Bell Curve," the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.  

  • #72 — Privacy and Security
    #72 — Privacy and Security
    Duration: 38min | 17/04/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with General Michael V. Hayden about the reality of spying, the difference between the NSA and the CIA, the ethics of secrecy, Edward Snowden, the Russian Hacking of the 2016 US Presidential election, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?
    #71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?
    Duration: 02h48min | 14/04/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, the consequences of having an ad-based economy, the dynamics of regret, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #70 — Beauty and Terror
    #70 — Beauty and Terror
    Duration: 02h17min | 10/04/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with physicist Lawrence Krauss about the utility of public debates, the progress of science, confusion about the role of consciousness in quantum mechanics, the present danger of nuclear war, the Trump administration, the relative threats of Christian theocracy and Islamism, and realistic fears about terrorism. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #69 — The Russia Connection
    #69 — The Russia Connection
    Duration: 01h22min | 24/03/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum about Russia's meddling in the U.S. Presidential election and Trump's troubling affinity for Vladimir Putin. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #68 — Reality and the Imagination
    #68 — Reality and the Imagination
    Duration: 02h32min | 19/03/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about meditation, the need for stories, the power of technology to erase the boundary between fact and fiction, wealth inequality, the problem of finding meaning in a world without work, religion as a virtual reality game, the difference between pain and suffering, the future of globalism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #67 — Meaning and Chaos
    #67 — Meaning and Chaos
    Duration: 02h49min | 13/03/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson discuss science, religion, archetypes, mythology, and the perennial problem of finding meaning in life. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #66 — Living with Robots
    #66 — Living with Robots
    Duration: 01h06min | 01/03/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kate Darling about the ethical concerns surrounding our increasing use of robots and other autonomous systems. Kate Darling is a leading expert in robot ethics. She’s a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Kate is also a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Yale Information Society Project, and is an affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and public policy. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property.   You can support the Maki

  • #65 — Were All Cucks Now
    #65 — We're All Cucks Now
    Duration: 01h09min | 20/02/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about the presidency of Donald Trump. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #64 — Ask Me Anything 6
    #64 — Ask Me Anything 6
    Duration: 01h26min | 16/02/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about his conversation with Jordan Peterson, the reaction to Milo Yiannopoulos at U.C. Berkeley, the “Muslim ban,” the echo chamber of social media, Trump’s lies, the value of the humanities, the ethics of ending aging, whether consciousness can be an illusion, evolution and morality, free speech and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #63 — Why Meditate?
    #63 — Why Meditate?
    Duration: 02h46min | 31/01/2017

    In this episode the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein answer questions about the practice of mindfulness. They discuss the nature negative emotions, the importance of ethics, the concept of enlightenment, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #62 — What is True?
    #62 — What is True?
    Duration: 02h15min | 21/01/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Jordan B. Peterson about freedom of speech and the nature of truth. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #61 — The Power of Belief
    #61 — The Power of Belief
    Duration: 02h07min | 15/01/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Lawrence Wright about al-Qaeda & ISIS, Arab culture, 9/11 conspiracy theories, the migrant crisis in Europe, Scientology, parallels between L. Ron Hubbard and Donald Trump, the Satanic cult panic, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #60 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (2)
    #60 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (2)
    Duration: 01h23min | 10/01/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (second of two). They discuss Richard’s experience of having a stroke, the genetic future of humanity, the analogy between genes and memes, the “extended phenotype,” Islam and bigotry, the biology of race, how to find meaning without religion, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #59 — Friend  Foe
    #59 — Friend & Foe
    Duration: 02h56min | 05/01/2017

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Maajid Nawaz about the Southern Poverty Law Center, Robert Spencer, Keith Ellison, moderate Muslims, Shadi Hamid’s notion of “Islamic exceptionalism," the migrant crisis in Europe, foreign interventions, Trump, Putin, Obama’s legacy, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #58 — The Putin Question
    #58 — The Putin Question
    Duration: 02h31min | 27/12/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Garry Kasparov about the problem of waning American power, the rise of Putin, the coming presidency of Donald Trump, computer chess, the future of artificial intelligence, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #57 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1)
    #57 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1)
    Duration: 02h36min | 19/12/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (first of two). They cover religion, Jurassic Park, artificial intelligence, elitism, continuing human evolution, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #56 — Abusing Dolores
    #56 — Abusing Dolores
    Duration: 02h19min | 12/12/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Paul Bloom about empathy, meditation studies, morality, AI, Westworld, Donald Trump, free will, rationality, conspiracy thinking, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #55 — Islamism vs Secularism
    #55 — Islamism vs Secularism
    Duration: 03h36min | 06/12/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Shadi Hamid about the power of religious belief, the failure of the Left, Islamist democracy, free speech, profiling, white nationalism, Obama’s foreign policy and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #54 — Trumping The World
    #54 — Trumping The World
    Duration: 01h21min | 01/12/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with journalist James Kirchick about the coming Trump presidency, liberalism vs illiberalism, fake news, Russia, Syria, Iran, and the future of American power. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #53 — The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence
    #53 — The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence
    Duration: 01h15min | 24/11/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with computer scientist Stuart Russell about the challenge of building artificial intelligence that is compatible with human well-being. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #52 — Finding Our Way in the Cosmos
    #52 — Finding Our Way in the Cosmos
    Duration: 02h49min | 16/11/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with physicist David Deutsch about the foundations of knowledge, the moral landscape, possible futures for conscious beings, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #51 — The Most Powerful Clown
    #51 — The Most Powerful Clown
    Duration: 30min | 10/11/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks about the results of the 2016 presidential election and the prospects of a President Trump. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #50 — The Borders of Tolerance
    #50 — The Borders of Tolerance
    Duration: 58min | 02/11/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about Islamism, the migrant crisis in Europe, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #49 — The Lesser Evil
    #49 — The Lesser Evil
    Duration: 02h26min | 26/10/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Sullivan about the 2016 presidential election. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #48 — What Is Moral Progress?
    #48 — What Is Moral Progress?
    Duration: 02h57min | 21/10/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Peter Singer about the foundations of morality, expanding the circle of our moral concern, politics, free speech, conspiracy thinking, Edward Snowden, the importance of intentions, WWII, euthanasia, eating “happy cows,” and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #47 — The Frontiers of Political Correctness
    #47 — The Frontiers of Political Correctness
    Duration: 02h51min | 06/10/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gad Saad about political correctness, academic taboos, Islam, immigration, Donald Trump, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #46 — The End of Faith Sessions 3
    #46 — The End of Faith Sessions 3
    Duration: 01h05min | 28/09/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the third chapter of "The End of Faith." Topics covered: Christianity, Judaism, the Inquisition, witchcraft, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #45 — Ask Me Anything 5
    #45 — Ask Me Anything 5
    Duration: 01h20min | 13/09/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about how 9/11 changed his life, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, free will, why he podcasts, Milo and the alt-Right, identity politics, Clinton vs. Trump, vegetarianism, and the Hannibal Buress episode. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #44 — Being Good and Doing Good
    #44 — Being Good and Doing Good
    Duration: 02h10min | 29/08/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Oxford philosopher William MacAskill about effective altruism, moral illusions, existential risk, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?
    #43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?
    Duration: 48min | 17/08/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads from the latest issue of "Dabiq," the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #42 — Racism and Violence in America
    #42 — Racism and Violence in America
    Duration: 02h06min | 09/08/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to economist Glenn C. Loury about racism, police violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #41 — Faith in Reason
    #41 — Faith in Reason
    Duration: 02h24min | 01/08/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein about the relationship between faith and reason and about some of the factors that make conversations on important topics so difficult. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #40 — Complexity  Stupidity
    #40 — Complexity & Stupidity
    Duration: 02h42min | 12/07/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to biologist David Krakauer about information, complex systems, and the future of humanity. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #39 — Free Will Revisited
    #39 — Free Will Revisited
    Duration: 02h44min | 04/07/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Daniel Dennett about free will. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #38 — The End of Faith Sessions 2
    #38 — The End of Faith Sessions 2
    Duration: 03h39min | 15/06/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the second chapter of "The End of Faith." However, the first hour of this podcast focuses on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the political implications of the recent terrorist attack in Orlando. Discussion of The End of Faith begins at 1:04:30. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #37 — Thinking in Public
    #37 — Thinking in Public
    Duration: 02h44min | 31/05/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about the public understanding of science, his career as an educator, political atheism, racism, artificial intelligence, alien life, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #36 — What Makes Us Safer?
    #36 — What Makes Us Safer?
    Duration: 01h22min | 02/05/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with a leading expert on homeland security about the war on terror, profiling, Islamism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #35 — The End Of Faith Sessions 1
    #35 — The End Of Faith Sessions 1
    Duration: 02h16s | 25/04/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the first chapter of "The End of Faith." You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #34 — The Light of the Mind
    #34 — The Light of the Mind
    Duration: 02h44min | 18/04/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher David Chalmers about the nature of consciousness, the challenges of understanding it scientifically, and the prospect that we will one day build it into our machines. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #33 — Ask Me Anything 4
    #33 — Ask Me Anything 4
    Duration: 58min | 26/03/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about the recent attacks in Brussels, dealing with anxiety, the science of immortality, fame, liberalism, the Golden Age of Islam, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #32 — The Best Podcast Ever
    #32 — The Best Podcast Ever
    Duration: 04h31min | 12/03/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to Omer Aziz about Islam, Islamism, free speech, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #31 — Evolving Minds
    #31 — Evolving Minds
    Duration: 02h57min | 09/03/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris responds to Omer Aziz and Salon magazine, and then speaks with Jonathan Haidt about the scientific study of morality, the problem of political correctness, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #30 — Inside the Crucible
    #30 — Inside the Crucible
    Duration: 02h49min | 06/03/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris briefly revisits the Apple-FBI controversy and then speaks with Michael Weiss about ISIS and the ongoing civil war in Syria.  You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #29 — Throw Open the Gates
    #29 — Throw Open the Gates
    Duration: 02h07min | 24/02/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris responds to criticism of his views on the Apple-FBI controversy and then speaks with Maryam Namazie about friendly fire among secularists, profiling, the immigration crisis in Europe, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #28 — Meat Without Misery
    #28 — Meat Without Misery
    Duration: 01h07min | 20/02/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris offers a few more thoughts on Clinton vs Sanders, as well as on the ethics of strong encryption. He then speaks with Uma Valeti, cardiologist and CEO of Memphis Meats, about the future of food production.  You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #27 — Ask Me Anything 3
    #27 — Ask Me Anything 3
    Duration: 01h10min | 13/02/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about free will, meditation, Noam Chomsky, the illusion of the self, Clinton vs. Sanders, the de-platforming of Richard Dawkins, wealth inequality, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #26 — The Logic of Violence
    #26 — The Logic of Violence
    Duration: 02h45min | 19/01/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with retired Navy SEAL and author, Jocko Willink. They discuss U.S. foreign policy, war, human evil, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #25 — Behind the Gun
    #25 — Behind the Gun
    Duration: 02h43min | 14/01/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with former SWAT operator and lead weapons and tactics instructor for the LAPD Metro Division, Scott Reitz. They discuss guns, gun control, police violence, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #24 — Ask Me Anything 2
    #24 — Ask Me Anything 2
    Duration: 02h32min | 04/01/2016

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about Islamism, free will, honesty, vegetarianism, why he doesn’t publish more in academic journals, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #23 — Islam and the Future of Tolerance (Audiobook Excerpts)
    #23 — Islam and the Future of Tolerance (Audiobook Excerpts)
    Duration: 01h12min | 21/12/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris introduces the audio edition of his book with Maajid Nawaz, "Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #22 — Surviving the Cosmos
    #22 — Surviving the Cosmos
    Duration: 02h53min | 16/12/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to physicist David Deutsch about the reach and power of human knowledge, the future of artificial intelligence, and the survival of civilization. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization
    #21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization
    Duration: 02h11min | 22/11/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Douglas Murray about Islamism, liberalism, civil society, and the migrant crisis in Europe. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #20 — Still Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon
    #20 — Still Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon
    Duration: 23min | 15/11/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reflects on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)
    #19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)
    Duration: 02h35min | 08/10/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris discusses his views about guns and gun control in light of a recent mass shooting. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #18 — The Multiverse  You ( You  You  You...)
    #18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)
    Duration: 01h26min | 23/09/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark about the foundations of science, our current understanding of the universe, and the risks of future breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #17 — What I Really Think About Profiling
    #17 — What I Really Think About Profiling
    Duration: 13min | 16/09/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris responds to misrepresentations of his views (again). You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #16 — The Dark Side
    #16 — The Dark Side
    Duration: 02h38min | 26/08/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom talk about Donald Trump, torture, trophy hunting, and other terrors. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #15 — Questions Along the Path
    #15 — Questions Along the Path
    Duration: 02h39min | 11/08/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein discuss the practice of meditation and answer questions that came from listeners in response to their first conversation, "The Path and the Goal." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #14 — The Virtues of Cold Blood
    #14 — The Virtues of Cold Blood
    Duration: 02h30min | 29/07/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about the limitations of empathy as a guide to moral reasoning. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #13 — The Moral Gaze
    #13 — The Moral Gaze
    Duration: 01h10min | 21/07/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with the filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer about his remarkable documentaries, "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #12 — Leaving the Church
    #12 — Leaving the Church
    Duration: 01h14min | 03/07/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #11 — Shouldering the Burden of History
    #11 — Shouldering the Burden of History
    Duration: 02h07min | 27/06/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Dan Carlin (host of the Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts) discuss American interventionism, the war on terror, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #10 — Faith vs. Fact
    #10 — Faith vs. Fact
    Duration: 01h06min | 19/05/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris interviews biologist Jerry Coyne about his new book, "Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #9 — Final Thoughts On Chomsky
    #9 — Final Thoughts On Chomsky
    Duration: 10min | 15/05/2015

    Sam Harris reflects on his failure to have a productive conversation with Noam Chomsky. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #8 — Ask Me Anything 1
    #8 — Ask Me Anything 1
    Duration: 01h09min | 24/04/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense Podcast, Sam Harris talks about atheism, artificial intelligence, rape, public speaking, meditation, consciousness, free will, intellectual honesty, and other topics.

  • #7 — Through the Eyes of a Cult
    #7 — Through the Eyes of a Cult
    Duration: 30min | 25/03/2015

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris discusses the Heaven's Gate suicide cult and argues that we all have something important to learn from them about the power of belief. You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #6 — The Chapel Hill Murders and Militant Atheism
    #6 — The Chapel Hill Murders and 'Militant' Atheism
    Duration: 24min | 18/02/2015

    Sam Harris responds to the charge that "militant" atheism is responsible for the murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #5 — After Charlie Hebdo and Other Thoughts
    #5 — After Charlie Hebdo and Other Thoughts
    Duration: 39min | 22/01/2015

    Sam Harris answers reader questions in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #4 — The Path and the Goal
    #4 — The Path and the Goal
    Duration: 02h04min | 28/10/2014

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Joseph Goldstein about the practice of meditation. You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One
    #3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One
    Duration: 01h26min | 21/08/2014

    This is the complete first chapter of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris. To purchase the audiobook: http://amzn.to/1v1NEIK To purchase the print edition: http://amzn.to/1mqiAKL You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #2 — Why Dont I Criticize Israel?
    #2 — Why Don't I Criticize Israel?
    Duration: 16min | 27/07/2014

    In the wake of the recent war in Gaza, many readers have asked "Why don't you criticize Israel?" Here is my response. You can read an annotated transcript of this podcast at: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/why-dont-i-criticize-israel   You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

  • #1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life
    #1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life
    Duration: 20min | 05/06/2014

    The full text of this essay can be read here: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/drugs-and-the-meaning-of-life You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • How to talk to a Christian
    How to talk to a Christian
    Duration: 07min | 12/11/2013

    This is an edited excerpt from remarks that Sam Harris made in a debate with a Christian apologist at Notre Dame University in 2011. The full debate can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqaHXKLRKzg

  • Looking for the Self (26 Minutes)
    Looking for the Self (26 Minutes)
    Duration: 26min | 26/09/2013

    This is a 26-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.

  • Mindfulness Meditation (9 Minutes)
    Mindfulness Meditation (9 Minutes)
    Duration: 08min | 26/09/2013

    This is a 9-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.

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