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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.

Making Sense with Sam Harris Sam Harris

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    • 4.7 • 23.2K Ratings

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.

    #246 — Police Training & Police Misconduct

    #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 suspects.
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    #245 — Can We Talk About Scary Ideas?

    #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 ethics of discussing dangerous ideas, the possibility of having a market in vaccines, the taboo around the topic of race and IQ, the relationship between activism and academia, the shallow-pond argument for doing good, and other topics.
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    • 42 min
    #244 — Food, Climate, and Pandemic Risk

    #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 directly connected to animal agriculture. The Good Food Institute is an international nonprofit reimagining protein production.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    #243 — A Few Points of Confusion

    #243 — A Few Points of Confusion

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    • 9 min
    #242 — Psychedelics and the Self

    #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 role of a guide, the effects of microdosing, the difference between MDMA and true psychedelics, “good” and “bad” trips, the power of thought, the fiction of a unified self, changing states of self, compassion, and other topics.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #241 — Final Thoughts on Free Will

    #241 — Final Thoughts on Free Will

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris presents his full argument on the illusoriness of free will—and explores its ethical and psychological implications.
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23.2K Ratings

23.2K Ratings

ce66789 ,

Fair and balanced

I enjoy Sam’s point of view and how he strives to make honest discussion with his guests.

Hdoiesh ,

Title is just spot on

True to its name, I do find that almost every episode is deeply interesting and approaches a familiar (or cool new) subject in a unique way. And with the ultimate goal of just making sense, figuring out what’s true. Whether you want it to be true or not. I would also plug his Waking Up app if you’re at all interested in meditation or his recent episode where he talked all about it made you curious. Meditation in general has made my life so much better over the past 5 years I’ve been practicing it. It’s a lifelong pursuit. The best time to start was when you were 5 years old. The second best time is now

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Wealthy White Men Talking Shop

Wealthy liberals talking about how government should rule our lives as opposed to letting individuals make rational decisions on our own. Essentially, these very articulate white men seem to honestly believe that they are better arbiters of how you should spend your money than you are. Not atypical of our times. They promise that if you give them the fruits of your labor, THEY will spend it wisely. The rich have been telling that same lie for centuries.

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