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Making Sense 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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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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Long form intellectual discussions

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Thoughtful and insightful

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Hands down the most thoughtful and insightful podcast I listen too

iTunes Ratings

20372 Ratings
Average Ratings
17961
890
507
323
691

Long form intellectual discussions

By jemmyjoe - May 30 2020
Read more
If the title of this review appeals to you, listen to this podcast.

Thoughtful and insightful

By a_dub07 - May 24 2020
Read more
Hands down the most thoughtful and insightful podcast I listen too
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Making Sense with Sam Harris

Latest release on May 26, 2020

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Rank #1: #112 — The Intellectual Dark Web

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro about the breakdown of shared values, the problem with identity politics, religion, free will, the primacy of reason, and many other topics.

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Jan 02 2018

55mins

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Rank #2: #86 — From Cells to Cities

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Geoffrey West about how biological and social systems scale, the significance of fractals, the prospects of radically extending human life, the concept of “emergence” in complex systems, the importance of cities, the necessity for continuous innovation, and other topics.

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Jul 14 2017

49mins

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Rank #3: #3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One

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This is the complete first chapter of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris.

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Aug 21 2014

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Rank #4: #143 — The Keys to the Mind

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Derren Brown about his work as a "psychological illusionist." They discuss the power of hypnosis, the power of expectations, the usefulness of Stoic philosophy, and other topics.

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Nov 21 2018

41mins

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Rank #5: #131 — Dictators, Immigration, #MeToo, and Other Imponderables

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In this episode of the Making Sense 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. 

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Jul 03 2018

36mins

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Rank #6: #191 — Early Thoughts on a Pandemic

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In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Amesh Adalja about the spreading coronavirus pandemic. They discuss the contagiousness of the virus and the severity of the resultant illness, the mortality rate and risk factors, vectors of transmission, how long coronavirus can live on surfaces, the importance of social distancing, possible anti-viral treatments, the timeline for a vaccine, the importance of pandemic preparedness, and other topics.

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Mar 11 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #7: #121 — White Power

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Christian Picciolini about his experience as a neo-Nazi skinhead. They discuss how Christian got out of the movement, the limits of shame and forgiveness, the cult-like dynamics of white supremacy, the alt-Right, Russian support for white supremacy in the US, “fake news”, the significance of Charlottesville, the SPLC, and many other topics.

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Mar 25 2018

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Rank #8: #73 — Forbidden Knowledge

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book "The Bell Curve," the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics.

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Apr 23 2017

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Rank #9: #79 — The Road to Tyranny

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Timothy Snyder about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.

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May 29 2017

30mins

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Rank #10: #92 — The Limits of Persuasion

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Pizarro and Tamler Sommers about free speech on campus, the Scott Adams podcast, the failings of the mainstream media, moral persuasion, moral certainty, the ethics of abortion, Buddhism, the illusion of the self, and other topics.

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Aug 16 2017

59mins

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Rank #11: #32 — The Best Podcast Ever

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to Omer Aziz about Islam, Islamism, free speech, and related topics.

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Mar 12 2016

1hr 35mins

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Rank #12: #22 — Surviving the Cosmos

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to physicist David Deutsch about the reach and power of human knowledge, the future of artificial intelligence, and the survival of civilization.

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Dec 16 2015

49mins

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Rank #13: #4 — The Path and the Goal

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Joseph Goldstein about the practice of meditation.

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Oct 28 2014

50mins

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Rank #14: #62 — What is True?

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Jordan B. Peterson about freedom of speech and the nature of truth.

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Jan 21 2017

54mins

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Rank #15: #190 — How Should We Respond to Coronavirus?

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In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss the likely effects on society, proactive vs reactive school closures, community transmission, false comparisons between coronavirus and flu, the imperative of social distancing, the timeline of the pandemic, Trump’s political messaging, the widespread distrust of expertise, the importance of "flattening the curve" of the epidemic, the possible failure of our healthcare system, gradations of personal response to this threat, and other topics.

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Mar 10 2020

1hr 18mins

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Rank #16: #140 — Burning Down the Fourth Estate

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In this episode of the Making Sense 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.

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Oct 17 2018

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Rank #17: #96 — The Nature of Consciousness

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Metzinger about the scientific and experiential understanding of consciousness. They also talk about the significance of WWII for the history of ideas, the role of intuition in science, the ethics of building conscious AI, the self as an hallucination, how we identify with our thoughts, attention as the root of the feeling of self, the place of Eastern philosophy in Western science, and the limitations of secular humanism.

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Sep 10 2017

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Rank #18: #139 — Sacred & Profane

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In this episode of the Making Sense 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.

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Oct 03 2018

41mins

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Rank #19: #18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark about the foundations of science, our current understanding of the universe, and the risks of future breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.

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Sep 23 2015

43mins

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Rank #20: #135 — Navigating Sex and Gender

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In this episode of the Making Sense 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.

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Aug 20 2018

36mins

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