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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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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.

    #185 — February 7, 2020

    #185 — February 7, 2020

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom speak about "Trump Derangement Syndrome," inequality, the relationship between wealth and happiness, the downside of fame, psychological impediments to noticing progress, and other topics.
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    • 30 min
    #184 — The Conversational Nature of Reality

    #184 — The Conversational Nature of Reality

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with poet David Whyte about the importance of work and relationships, the balance between training and expressing of one's talents, the lessons of mortality, and other topics.
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    • 29 min
    #183 — January 28, 2020

    #183 — January 28, 2020

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom discuss topics in the news including the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. They also explore the paradoxes of moral responsibility.
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    • 27 min
    #182 — Unlearning Race

    #182 — Unlearning Race

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Chatterton Williams about the reality and politics of race. They discuss his book “Self Portrait in Black and White,” race as a social and biological construct, the prospects of achieving a “post-racial” society, interracial marriage, and other topics.
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    • 39 min
    #181 — The Illusory Self

    #181 — The Illusory Self

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Lang about how to experience the world beyond the illusion of the self.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    #180 — Sex & Power

    #180 — Sex & Power

    In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Meghan Daum about her book “The Problem with Everything.” They discuss contemporary feminism, violence against women, campus sexual assault, moral panics, new norms of conversation, the 2020 Presidential campaign, and other topics. 
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

joeylo73 ,

Smarter is Better

Sam Harris's podcast is smart. I mean really smart. Most of the time its smarter than I am, but thats not uncommon. In fact if your reading this review and you let it sway you one way or the other your making a mistake. Listen to Sam and make up your mind for yourself. I have. I listen to sam.

jazzbin ,

Sam Suffers

from the same affliction most intellectuals do. His deep and rewarding dalliances in critical thinking blinds him to reality. Reality does not afford thinkers the room to disagree with the natural order of things but folks like him are far to intelligent to be busied with the distractions of reality. This is precisely the reason he can’t understand why Trump is president. It’s also ultimately the reason that he doesn’t believe in free will. I used to admire and listen to him a lot but his capacity for understanding diminished in tandem with his constant push to monetize this Podcast. What a waste of a great mind.

JDRay99 ,

Mighty big of you

To regret your treatment of Romney in 2012

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