14 episodes

Both seasons available at https://AbsolutelyMental.com.

In this new podcast series, the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor, director, and writer Ricky Gervais phones his favorite smart friend, the neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, to ask some very important questions...and some not-so-important ones.

Gervais and Harris contemplate the wonders of science and the chaos of modern life while having many good laughs.

Absolutely Mental Ricky Gervais & Sam Harris

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 667 Ratings

Both seasons available at https://AbsolutelyMental.com.

In this new podcast series, the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor, director, and writer Ricky Gervais phones his favorite smart friend, the neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, to ask some very important questions...and some not-so-important ones.

Gervais and Harris contemplate the wonders of science and the chaos of modern life while having many good laughs.

    Why do we laugh?

    Why do we laugh?

    Ricky calls Sam to ask why humans laugh. They break down the mechanics of stand up comedy, the science behind tickling, and the mistakes of a very sad middle school teacher...

    • 13 min
    The Monkey Mind

    The Monkey Mind

    Ricky asks Sam to explain the “monkey mind.” They also explore the illusion of free will, the nature of thought and distraction, and more of Sam’s mumbo jumbo.

    Get access to all 10 full episodes at https://absolutelymental.com

    • 16 min
    Why can’t we cure pain?

    Why can’t we cure pain?

    Ricky calls Sam to ask why there isn’t a cure for all physical pain. They discuss phantom pain in amputees, the origins of language, and the dangers of tying your shoes.

    Get access to all 10 full episodes at https://absolutelymental.com

    • 11 min
    Lions, Twitter, and Billionaires...

    Lions, Twitter, and Billionaires...

    Ricky asks Sam what single concept he’d like everyone in the world to understand. They also discuss space tourism, the morality underlying animal behavior, and Ricky’s award-winning tweets.

    Get access to all 10 full episodes at https://absolutelymental.com

    • 11 min
    3 Questions for the Aliens

    3 Questions for the Aliens

    Ricky poses a thought experiment where Sam would act as a human representative to speak with super-intelligent aliens. Sam would ask the aliens to cure aging. Ricky would rather know which version of the Office they liked more.

    Get access to all 10 full episodes at https://absolutelymental.com

    • 8 min
    Q&A

    Q&A

    Ricky poses Sam a question from a listener. They discuss mental illness, the relationship between mind and body, and why, when Christ returns to earth, it definitely won’t be on a spaceship.

    Get access to all 10 full episodes at https://absolutelymental.com

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
667 Ratings

667 Ratings

Romone Starboard ,

Chimpanzeethat

Grew up with Gervais on XFM and grew into Sam Harris more recently. Listening to them play “would you rather” over internet telephone—surreal and enjoyable as it gets

artnants ,

Really great but where is it

I find these paid podcasts extremely cumbersome and hard to use. Sam Harris and Absolutely Mental are the worst for being user friendly

di1260 ,

Light and funny

Listened to the short clips of the show (I didn’t purchase the subscription). Light, entertaining and good for a few laughs. Enjoyed what I heard.

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