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Making Sense with Sam Harris

Making Sense with Sam Harris

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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#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 experience.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-10-18
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#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 campaigning, the manipulation of politics by the media, Andrew's run for the mayor's office in NYC, the power of bad incentives, open primaries, rank-choice voting, the Forward Party, the weakness of a two-party system, inequality, the child tax credit, enhanced unemployment, UBI, worries about inflation, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-10-06
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#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 of replication, ?The Fireplace Delusion,? the connection between reason and emotion, wishful thinking, persuasion and the sense of self, conspiracy theories, the power of incentives, in-group loyalty, religion, mindfulness, cognitive flexibility, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-10-01
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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, 2021) and are available for purchase at AbsolutelyMental.com.

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2021-09-24
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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 Germany?

How can we understand voluntary behavior without free will?

Does aid to the developing world do more harm than good?

Have your views about the risk of artificial general intelligence changed in recent years?

What did you think of Simon Biles?s decision to drop out of the Olympics?

How should Facebook and other social media platforms deal with the tradeoff between misinformation and censorship?

Why are people so resistant to changing their beliefs?

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-09-20
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#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.

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2021-09-09
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#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 decline, the rise of India and China, centralizing and decentralizing trends in politics, the relationship between politics and technology, the failures of the FDA and TSA, how regulation preserves monopolies, the significance of Bitcoin and blockchain technology, the problem of cybersecurity, the Chinese government?s attack on Bitcoin, the threat of US regulation of cryptocurrency, blockchain scalability, creator coins, life in Singapore, virtual government, the future of decentralized journalism, independent replication in science, wealth inequality, ubiquitous investing, social status, non-zero-sum capitalism, ?start-up countries?, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-09-01
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#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 bin Laden.? They discuss the Neo-isolationist consensus on the Right and Left, the legitimacy of our initial involvement in Afghanistan, our ethical obligations to our Afghan allies, Biden?s disastrous messaging, the weakness of the Afghan army, the advantages of the Taliban, the implications for global jihadism, the relationship between the Taliban and al-Qaeda, how Osama bin Laden came to lead al-Qaeda, bin Laden?s sincere religious convictions, our failure to capture bin Laden at Tora Bora, the distraction of the war in Iraq, the myth that the CIA funded al-Qaeda, bin Laden?s wives, his years of hiding in Pakistan, his death at the hands of US Special Forces, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-08-23
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#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, bad public-policy choices, inequality, tax avoidance among the wealthy, government inefficiency, the problems with democracy, the breakdown of trust in institutions, failures of transparency, voter participation, future automation and unemployment, identity politics, the reality of racism in America, the problems with affirmative action, competition with China, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-08-14
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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 he answers the following questions:

How can I inoculate my biracial children against identity politics?

In what way is journalism broken, and how can we fix it?

Have you read the research suggesting that the effects of microdosing psychedelics are indistinguishable from taking placebos?

Can you comment on the degree to which Leftist political ideas have captured the Buddhist community?

What should Democrats do to prevent a resurgence of Trumpism?

What are the ingredients for a good life?

Is it ever ethical for governments to lie to their citizens?

If the present moment is all that matters, how can we plan for the future?

Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-08-08
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#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, concerns about mRNA vaccines, the Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA, the effectiveness of the COVID vaccines, vaccine efficacy vs effectiveness, the Delta variant, the misuse of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), concerns about long-term side effects from vaccines, bad incentives in medicine, ivermectin, government and corporate censorship, vaccine mandates, and other topics.

 

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-07-23
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#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 prediction in sensory-motor experience, cortical columns, reference frames, thought as movement in conceptual space, the future of artificial intelligence, AI risk, the ?alignment problem,? the distinction between reason and emotion, the ?illusory truth effect,? bad outcomes vs existential risk, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-07-09
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#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 evolutionary psychology, the denial of sex differences, cross-cultural findings in social science, the replication crisis in psychology, the biological definition of sex, why men and women have affairs, ovulatory shifts in mate preference, sex differences in jealousy and infidelity, the sources of unhappiness in marriage, mate-value discrepancies, what we can learn from dating apps, polyamory and polygamy, the plight of stepchildren, the ?Dark Triad? personality type, the MeToo movement, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-06-25
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#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 philosophy, the surrender of institutions to "social-justice" activism, how politics has acquired a religious fervor, some of the cultural risks of remote work, keeping activists out of one?s company, social media use as analogous to smoking cigarettes, antitrust regulations for big tech, how social media might be improved, the tax-avoidance schemes of the richest Americans, the prospect of implementing a wealth tax, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-06-17
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#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 prospect that there is complex life elsewhere in the galaxy, the Fermi problem, the possibility that all advanced civilizations self destruct, how we can detect life on exoplanets, recent media interest in UFOs, whether a direct encounter with alien life would change our world, the flat-Earth conspiracy, the public understanding of science, the problem of political partisanship, racial inequality, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-06-10
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#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," the controversy at Apple, cancel culture, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-05-27
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#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, Jesse?s encounters with cancel culture, transgender activism, the case of J.K. Rowling, the capture of cultural institutions by the far Left, racism, class inequality, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, whether Jesse should try psychedelics, and other topics.

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Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest investment you can make in life. That?s why Sam Harris created the Waking Up app. From rational mindfulness practice to lessons on some of life?s most important topics, join Sam as he demystifies the practice of meditation and explores the theory behind it.

2021-05-21
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#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.

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2021-05-14
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#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 governing human behavior, the trade-offs between order and freedom, conservatism vs liberalism, sensitivity to threat, scarcity, the COVID pandemic, the Jeffrey Toobin affair, political polarization, the problem of extreme stereotypes, and other topics.

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2021-04-30
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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 looming danger of a man-made pandemic, caused by an artificially-modified pathogen. The risk of this occurring is far higher and nearer-term than almost anyone realizes. 

Rob explains the science and motivations that could produce such a catastrophe and explores the steps that society must start taking today to prevent it. These measures are concrete, affordable, and scientifically fascinating?and almost all of them are applicable to future, natural pandemics as well. So if we take most of them, the odds of a future Covid-like outbreak would plummet?a priceless collateral benefit. 

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2021-04-24
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#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 ?triune brain,? the brain?s network organization, the predictive nature of perception and action, the construction of emotion, concepts as prescriptions for action, culture as an operating system, and other topics.

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2021-04-22
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#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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2021-04-16
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#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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2021-04-13
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#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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2021-04-07
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#243 ? A Few Points of Confusion

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2021-03-28
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#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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2021-03-24
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#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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2021-03-13
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#240 ? The Boundaries of Self

In this episode of the podcast, Sam speaks with poet David Whyte about his new and on-going series for the Waking Up app, based on his book, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.

With the imagery of a poet and the reflection of a philosopher, David turns his attention to ordinary words, each a doorway into the underlying currents of human life.

They discuss 4 tracks from the first installment?Friendship, Honesty, Ambition, and Alone.

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2021-03-07
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#239 ? Yet Another Call from Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais calls Sam to ask if AI will replace comedians. They also discuss the implications of not having free will and if a chimp has ever asked, "what does it all mean?" They agree that bears are dangerous.

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2021-02-24
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#238 ? How to Build a Universe

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Frank Wilczek about the fundamental nature of reality. They discuss the difference between science and non-science, the role of intuition in science, the nature of time, the prospect that possibility is an illusion, the current limits of quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle, space-time as a substance, the ?unreasonable effectiveness? of mathematics in science, the possibility that we might be living in a simulation, the fundamental building blocks of matter, the structure of atoms, the four fundamental forces, wave-particle duality, the electromagnetic spectrum, the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, the implications of infinite space-time, dark energy and dark matter, and other topics.

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2021-02-23
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#237 ? Another Call from Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais calls to discuss Sam's monster joke from their last conversation and then other things happen...

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2021-02-17
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#236 ? Rebooting New York City

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with mayoral candidate, Andrew Yang, about the future of New York City.

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2021-02-11
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#235 ? A Call from Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais calls Sam to ask why we dream? They discuss why puns are terrible and breakdown some of the mechanics of comedy.

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2021-02-10
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#234 ? The Divided Mind

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Iain McGilchrist about the differences between the right and left hemispheres of the human brain. They discuss the evolutionary history of the divided brain, research on surgically divided brains, popular misconceptions about the differences between the hemispheres, the left hemisphere's propensity for confabulation, the prospect that consciousness might be partitioned in an intact brain, the difference between consciousness and attention, the boundary between the conscious and unconscious mind, how face-to-face encounters differ between the hemispheres, the unique deficits resulting from damage to the left and right hemispheres, the ascendancy of the left-hemisphere in modern culture, the possibility that the brain is a mere receiver of mind, the prospect of surviving death, and other topics.

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2021-02-06
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#233 ? The Groves of Misinformation

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Zeynep Tufekci about the problem of misinformation and group-think. They discuss the Covid-19 pandemic, the early failures of journalists and public health professionals to make sense of it, the sociology of mask wearing, the problem of correcting institutional errors, Covid as a dress rehearsal for something far worse, asymmetric information warfare, failures of messaging about vaccines, the paradox of scientific authority, the power of incentives, how to reform social media, and other topics.

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2021-02-02
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#232 ? Inequality and Revolution

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jack Goldstone about the rise in social inequality and political instability in the United States. They discuss how wealth is deployed, the loss of social mobility, comparative judgments of well-being, cosmopolitanism and the isolation of the rich, decreased life expectancy, taxation, the need for government to solve problems, success and social obligation, the causes of revolution, universal basic income (UBI), and other topics.

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2021-01-27
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#231 ? Crossing the Abyss

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with General Stanley McChrystal and Chris Fussell about the radicalization of the far Right under Trump. They discuss the events of January 6, 2021, the behavior of the Capitol police, the history of white supremacy in the US, the effect of banning extremists from social media, the logic of insurgency, the consequence of public lies, what should happen to Trump and his enablers, and other topics.

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2021-01-17
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#230 ? An Insurrection of Lies

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris discusses two dangerous misconceptions about the siege of the Capitol.

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2021-01-11
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#229 ? A Few Thoughts for a New Year

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris analyzes a few disturbing trends and shares his hopes for 2021.

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2021-01-06
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#228 ? Doing Good

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Will MacAskill about how to do the most good in the world. They discuss the "effective altruism" movement, choosing causes to support, the apparent tension between wealth and altruism, how best to think about generosity over the course of one's lifetime, and other topics.

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2020-12-14
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#227 ? Knowing the Mind

In this episode of the podcast, Stephen Laureys interviews Sam Harris about meditation practice and the scientific study of the mind. They discuss why Sam began to practice meditation, the difference between dualistic and nondualistic mindfulness, the search for happiness, wisdom vs knowledge, our relationship with death, the Buddhist doctrine of rebirth, the hard problem of consciousness, the role of introspection in science, meditation and free will, the self and the brain, the difference between voluntary and involuntary actions, dangerous knowledge, the mystery of being, the power of hypnosis, and other topics.

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2020-12-07
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Making Sense with Sam Harris

Join Sam Harris as he explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events.

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2020-12-07
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#226 ? The Price of Distraction

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Adam Gazzaley about the way our technology is changing us. They discuss our limited ability to process information, our failures of multitasking, "top-down" vs "bottom-up" attention, self-interruptions and switching costs, anxiety, boredom, "digital medicine," neuroplasticity, video games for training the mind, the future of brain-machine interface, and other topics.

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2020-11-28
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#225 ? Republic of Lies

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris discusses President Trump's failure to concede the 2020 presidential election.

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2020-11-18
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#224 ? The Key to Trump's Appeal

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris describes his new understanding of why people support President Trump.

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2020-11-03
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#223 ? A Conversation with Andrew Sullivan

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan sing the praises of President Trump.

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2020-10-30
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#222 ? A Pandemic of Incompetence

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about the Covid-19 pandemic. They discuss the breakdown of trust in institutions and experts, the corruption of science by politics, the ineptitude of the Trump administration in handling the pandemic, whether the gravity of Covid-19 has been exaggerated, preparing for future pandemics, whether Covid deaths are being over-reported, bad incentives in the medical system, tracking "excess death" statistics, the prospect that the novel coronavirus will evolve to become more benign, the efficacy of current treatments, safety concerns about a rushed vaccine, the importance of public health communication, when life might return to normal, the economic impact of the pandemic, long term social changes, the future of universities, Nicholas's personal habits during the pandemic, the importance of rapid testing, and other topics.

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2020-10-28
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#221 ? Success, Failure, & the Common Good

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Michael Sandel about the problem with meritocracy . They discuss the dark side of the concept of merit, the pernicious myth of the self-made man, the moral significance of luck, the backlash against "elites" and expertise, how we value human excellence, the connection between wealth and value creation, the ethics of the tax code, higher education as a sorting mechanism for a caste system, alternatives to 4-year colleges, and other topics.

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2020-10-22
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#220 - The Information Apocalypse

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nina Schick about the growing epidemic of misinformation and disinformation. They discuss the coming problem of ?deep fakes,? the history of Russian ?active measures? against the West, the weaponization of the EU migration crisis, Russian targeting of the African-American community, the future of Europe, Trump and rise of political cynicism, QAnon, the prospect of violence surrounding the 2020 Presidential election, and other topics.

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2020-10-17
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#219 ? The Power of Compassion

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with James R. Doty about his memoir ?Into the Magic Shop.? They discuss the significance of childhood stress, the possibility of changing one?s core beliefs about oneself, the relationship between surgeons and their patients, the nature of compassion, the Dalai Lama, the relationship between wealth and empathy, the worsening problem of social inequality, the physiology of compassion, the broken healthcare system in the U.S., and other topics.

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2020-10-09
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