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 Matt Taibbi about the state journalism and the polarization of our politics. They discuss the controversy over Steve Bannon at the New Yorker Festival, monetizing the Trump phenomenon, the Jamal Kashoggi murder, the Kavanaugh hearing, the Rolling Stone reporting on the UVA rape case, the viability of a political center, the 2020 Presidential election, the Russia investigation, our vanishing attention span, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#139 — Sacred & Profane

10/03/2018

2:03:48

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris gets together with Bill Maher and Larry Charles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their film "Religulous." They discuss religion, politics, comedy, and other dangerous topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris introduces the Waking Up Course. More information can be found at WakingUp.com.

#138 — The Edge of Humanity

09/20/2018

2:07:08

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#137 — Safe Space

09/10/2018

1:36:03

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jonathan Haidt about his new book "The Coddling of the American Mind." They discuss the hostility to free speech that has grown more common among young adults, recent moral panics on campus, the role of intentions in ethical life, the economy of prestige in “call out” culture, how we should define bigotry, systemic racism, the paradox of progress, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#136 — Digital Humanism

08/30/2018

1:03:37

In this episode the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jaron Lanier about the economics, politics, and psychology of our digital lives. They discuss the insidious idea that information should be free, what we should want from an advanced economy, the role of advertising, libertarianism in Silicon Valley, the problems with social media, 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 Martie Haselton about sex and gender, the role of hormones in human psychology, “Darwinian feminism,” the unique hormonal experience of women, transgenderism, the Google Memo, 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 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.