Waking Up with Sam Harris

Waking Up with Sam Harris

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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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#87 — Triggered

07/19/2017

2:17:25

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Scott Adams debate the character and competence of President Trump. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Graeme Wood about his experience reporting on ISIS, the myth of online recruitment, the theology of ISIS, the quality of their propaganda, the most important American recruit to the organization, the roles of Jesus and the Anti-Christ in Islamic prophecy, free speech and the ongoing threat of jihadism, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Recent Episodes

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#133 — Globalism on the Brink

07/18/2018

1:14:12

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ian Bremmer about the failure of globalism and rise of populism. They discuss immigration, trade, automation, wealth inequality, Trump, identity politics and other topics.   You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#132 — Freeing the Hostages

07/09/2018

1:17:33

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Chris Voss about his experience as a hostage negotiator for the FBI. They discuss different types of hostage crises, along with many of the lessons that apply to negotiating in normal life. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Masha Gessen about Vladimir Putin, the problem of gauging public opinion in Russia, Trump's fondness for dictators, the challenges of immigration, comparisons between Christian and Muslim intolerance, "fake news" and the health of journalism, the #MeToo movement, and other topics.  You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#130 — Universal Basic Income

06/19/2018

1:15:00

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with presidential candidate Andrew Yang about "universal basic income" (UBI). They discuss the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, the arguments for and against UBI, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Dr. Nina Shapiro about the practice of medicine. They discuss the unique resiliency of children, the importance of second opinions, bad doctors, how medical training has changed in recent years, medical uncertainty, risk perception, vaccine safety, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Geoffrey Miller about evolutionary psychology. They discuss sexual selection, virtue signaling, social media, public shaming, monogamy and polyamory, taboo topics in science, genetic engineering, gender differences and the “Google memo,” moral psychology, existential risk, AI, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#127 — Freedom from the Known

05/28/2018

1:28:03

In this episode the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Michael Pollan about his new book “How to Change Your Mind.” They cover the the resurgence of interest in psychedelics in clinical practice and end-of-life care, the “betterment of well people,” the relationship between thinking and mental suffering, the differences between psychedelics and meditation, the non-duality of consciousness, the brain’s “default mode network,” their experiences with various psychedelics, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#126 — In Defense of Honor

05/08/2018

2:11:38

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast Sam Harris speaks with Tamler Sommers about cultures of honor. They discuss the difference between honor and dignity, “justice porn,” honor killings, honor and interpersonal violence, prison and gang culture, collective responsibility and collective punishment, retributive vs restorative justice, the ethics of forgiveness and redemption, #metoo, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#125 — What Is Christianity?

05/01/2018

1:57:50

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks to Bart Ehrman about his experience of being a born-again Christian, his academic training in New Testament scholarship, his loss of faith, the most convincing argument in defense of Christianity, the status of miracles, the composition of the New Testament, the resurrection of Jesus, the nature of heaven and hell, the book of Revelation, the End Times, self-contradictions in the Bible, the concept of a messiah, whether Jesus actually existed, Christianity as a cult of human sacrifice, the conversion of Constantine, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.