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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. Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books include 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 and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. Harris's work has been published in more than 20 languages and has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere. Sam Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

19 days ago

#267 — The Kingdom of Sleep

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Matthew Walker about the nature and importance of sleep. They discuss sleep and consciousness, the stages of sleep, sleep reg

49h 44m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

3 weeks ago

#266 — The Limits of Pleasure

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Paul Bloom about the role that pain and suffering play in living a good life. They discuss the limitations of hedonism, the c

47h 14m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

4 weeks ago

#265 — The Religion of Anti-Racism

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with John McWhorter about his new book “Woke Racism: How a New Religion has Betrayed Black America.” They discuss how the “social

35h 16m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

5 weeks ago

#264 — Consciousness and Self (Rebroadcast)

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 consciou

48h 21m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

6 weeks ago

#263 — The Paradox of Death

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris reflects on the subjective continuity of consciousness, the nature of identity, and the possibility that death isn’t the end of experienc

18h 3m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

7 weeks ago

#262 — The Future of American Democracy

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Yang about the state of American democracy. They discuss Andrew’s run for the Presidency, the humiliations of campaign

33h 4m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

8 weeks ago

#261 — Belief & Identity

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jonas Kaplan about the neuroscience of belief change. They discuss the illusory truth effect, the backfire effect, failures o

40h 24m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

9 weeks ago

Absolutely Mental Season Two

In this episode, Sam shares a clip from the second season of Absolutely Mental, his audio series with Ricky Gervais. All 10 episodes have been released today (Friday September 24th

16h 36m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

2 months ago

Ask Me Anything #18

Questions answered: Why won’t you discuss COVID vaccines and Ivermectin with Bret Weinstein on the podcast? What do you think about the recent prosecution of a 100-year-old Nazi in

28h 16m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

2 months ago

#260 — The Second Plane

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris recalls his experience of September 11th, 2001, and considers the future of American foreign policy. SUBSCRIBE to listen to the rest of t

16h 27m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

3 months ago

#259 — The Reckoning to Come

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Balaji Srinivasan about several civilizational challenges and possible paths forward. They discuss the evidence of American d

1h 12m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

3 months ago

#258 — The Fall of Afghanistan

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Peter Bergen about the US exit from Afghanistan, the resurgence of the Taliban, and his new book, “The Rise and Fall of Osama

46h 54m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

3 months ago

#257 — The State of the World

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Dambisa Moyo about the state of the world. They discuss public goods, economic growth, capitalism, American economic history,

1h 1m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

4 months ago

Ask Me Anything #17

In this episode of the podcast, Sam takes your questions. He begins by addressing the blowback that followed his previous podcast on “vaccine hesitancy” with Eric Topol. And then h

24h 16m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

4 months ago

#256 — A Contagion of Bad Ideas

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Topol about vaccine hesitancy and related misinformation. They discuss the problem of political and social siloing, conc

1h 26m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

5 months ago

#255 — The Future of Intelligence

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jeff Hawkins about the nature of intelligence. They discuss how the neocortex creates models of the world, the role of predic

58h 1m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

5 months ago

#254 — The Mating Strategies of Earthlings

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Buss about the differential mating strategies of men and women. They discuss the controversy that surrounds evolutionar

49h 23m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

5 months ago

#253 — Corporate Courage

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jason Fried about the recent controversy over the “no politics” policy at his company Basecamp. They discuss his business phi

45h 3m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

6 months ago

#252 — Are We Alone in the Universe?

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Neil deGrasse Tyson about our place in the universe. They discuss our current understanding of extra-solar planets, the prosp

52h 6m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

6 months ago

#251 — Corporate Cowardice

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Antonio García-Martínez about his recent firing at Apple. They discuss his experience in tech, his book "Chaos Monkeys,&#

39h 17m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

6 months ago

#250 — Broken Conversations

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jesse Singal about a variety of controversial topics. They discuss fragmentation in the media, bad incentives in journalism,

45h 24m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

7 months ago

#249 — Distance & Arrival

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and David Whyte further explore his work in his book Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words. SUBS

33h 4m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

7 months ago

#248 — Order & Freedom

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Michele Gelfand about the difference between tight and loose cultures. They discuss the primacy of cultural norms in governin

38h 39m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

7 months ago

Special Episode: Engineering the Apocalypse

In this nearly 4-hour SPECIAL EPISODE, Rob Reid delivers a 100-minute monologue (broken up into 4 segments, and interleaved with discussions with Sam) about the lo

3h 41m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

7 months ago

#247 — Constructing Minds

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Lisa Feldman Barrett about the origins and function of the human brain. They discuss how brains evolved, the myth of the “tri

1h 7m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

8 months ago

#246 — Police Training & Police Misconduct

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rener Gracie about police procedure and about the special relevance of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for safely controlling resisting s

1h 41m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

8 months ago

#245 — Can We Talk About Scary Ideas?

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Peter Singer, Francesca Minerva, and Jeff McMahan about the newly launched Journal of Controversial Ideas. They discuss the e

42h 48m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

8 months ago

#244 — Food, Climate, and Pandemic Risk

In this episode of the podcast Sam Harris speaks with Bruce Friedrich and Liz Specht from the Good Food Institute about the way the problems of climate change and pandemic risk are

1h 12m

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

8 months ago

#243 — A Few Points of Confusion

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Making Sense with Sam Harris

8 months ago

#242 — Psychedelics and the Self

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with James Fadiman about the psychedelic experience. They discuss who should and shouldn’t take psychedelics, set and setting, the

1h 3m

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