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Making Sense with Sam Harris

Rank #5 in Science & Medicine category

Religion & Spirituality
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Society & Culture
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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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5 stars

By ajh9! - Feb 10 2019
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Love this podcast. Fascinating guests, great conversations

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By kitteartha - Jan 29 2019
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at this point I just like his voice

iTunes Ratings

14142 Ratings
Average Ratings
12952
500
257
138
295

5 stars

By ajh9! - Feb 10 2019
Read more

Love this podcast. Fascinating guests, great conversations

📢

By kitteartha - Jan 29 2019
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at this point I just like his voice

Cover image of Making Sense with Sam Harris

Making Sense with Sam Harris

Rank #5 in Science & Medicine category

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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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Rank #1: #1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life

Jun 05 2014
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The full text of this essay can be read here: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/drugs-and-the-meaning-of-life You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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Rank #2: #125 — What Is Christianity?

May 01 2018
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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.

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Rank #3: #73 — Forbidden Knowledge

Apr 23 2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.  

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Rank #4: #112 — The Intellectual Dark Web

Jan 02 2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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Rank #5: #3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One

Aug 21 2014
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This is the complete first chapter of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris. To purchase the audiobook: http://amzn.to/1v1NEIK To purchase the print edition: http://amzn.to/1mqiAKL You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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Rank #6: #142 — Addiction, Depression, and a Meaningful Life

Nov 13 2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Johann Hari about his books "Chasing the Scream" and "Lost Connections." You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

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Rank #7: #22 — Surviving the Cosmos

Dec 16 2015
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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Rank #8: #32 — The Best Podcast Ever

Mar 12 2016
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to Omer Aziz about Islam, Islamism, free speech, and related topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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Rank #9: #62 — What is True?

Jan 21 2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Jordan B. Peterson about freedom of speech and the nature of truth.   You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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Rank #10: How to talk to a Christian

Nov 12 2013
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This is an edited excerpt from remarks that Sam Harris made in a debate with a Christian apologist at Notre Dame University in 2011. The full debate can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqaHXKLRKzg

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Rank #11: #102 — Is Buddhism True?

Oct 30 2017
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Wright about his book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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Rank #12: #134 — Beyond the Politics of Race

Jul 29 2018
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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.

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Rank #13: #18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)

Sep 23 2015
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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Rank #14: #11 — Shouldering the Burden of History

Jun 27 2015
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In this episode, Sam Harris and Dan Carlin (host of the Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts) discuss American interventionism, the war on terror, and related topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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Rank #15: #123 — Identity & Honesty

Apr 09 2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ezra Klein, Editor-at-Large for Vox Media, about racism, identity politics, intellectual honesty, and the controversy over his podcast with Charles Murray (Waking Up #73).  You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

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Rank #16: #124 — In Search of Reality

Apr 21 2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sean Carroll about our understanding of reality. They discuss consciousness, the many worlds view of quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, free will, facts and values, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

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Rank #17: #113 — Consciousness and the Self

Jan 09 2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anil Seth about the scientific study of consciousness, where consciousness emerges in nature, levels of consciousness, perception as a “controlled hallucination,” emotion, the experience of “pure consciousness,” consciousness as “integrated information,” measures of “brain complexity,” psychedelics, different aspects of the “self,” conscious AI, and many other topics. You can support the Waking Up at SamHarris.org/support.

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Rank #18: #21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization

Nov 22 2015
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Douglas Murray about Islamism, liberalism, civil society, and the migrant crisis in Europe. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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Rank #19: #87 — Triggered

Jul 19 2017
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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.

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Rank #20: #143 — The Keys to the Mind

Nov 21 2018
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

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Rank #1: #1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life

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The full text of this essay can be read here: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/drugs-and-the-meaning-of-life You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Jun 05 2014
20 mins
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Rank #2: #125 — What Is Christianity?

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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.

May 01 2018
1 hour 51 mins
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Rank #3: #73 — Forbidden Knowledge

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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.  

Apr 23 2017
2 hours 17 mins
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Rank #4: #112 — The Intellectual Dark Web

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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Jan 02 2018
2 hours 10 mins
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Rank #5: #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. To purchase the audiobook: http://amzn.to/1v1NEIK To purchase the print edition: http://amzn.to/1mqiAKL You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Aug 21 2014
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #6: #142 — Addiction, Depression, and a Meaningful Life

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Johann Hari about his books "Chasing the Scream" and "Lost Connections." You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Nov 13 2018
1 hour 56 mins
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Rank #7: #22 — Surviving the Cosmos

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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Dec 16 2015
1 hour 52 mins
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Rank #8: #32 — The Best Podcast Ever

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to Omer Aziz about Islam, Islamism, free speech, and related topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Mar 12 2016
3 hours 30 mins
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Rank #9: #62 — What is True?

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Jordan B. Peterson about freedom of speech and the nature of truth.   You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Jan 21 2017
2 hours 15 mins
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Rank #10: How to talk to a Christian

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This is an edited excerpt from remarks that Sam Harris made in a debate with a Christian apologist at Notre Dame University in 2011. The full debate can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqaHXKLRKzg

Nov 12 2013
7 mins
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Rank #11: #102 — Is Buddhism True?

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Wright about his book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

Oct 30 2017
2 hours 2 mins
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Rank #12: #134 — Beyond the Politics of Race

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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.

Jul 29 2018
1 hour 46 mins
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Rank #13: #18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)

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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Sep 23 2015
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #14: #11 — Shouldering the Burden of History

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In this episode, Sam Harris and Dan Carlin (host of the Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts) discuss American interventionism, the war on terror, and related topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Jun 27 2015
2 hours 6 mins
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Rank #15: #123 — Identity & Honesty

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ezra Klein, Editor-at-Large for Vox Media, about racism, identity politics, intellectual honesty, and the controversy over his podcast with Charles Murray (Waking Up #73).  You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Apr 09 2018
2 hours 5 mins
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Rank #16: #124 — In Search of Reality

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sean Carroll about our understanding of reality. They discuss consciousness, the many worlds view of quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, free will, facts and values, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Apr 21 2018
1 hour 46 mins
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Rank #17: #113 — Consciousness and the Self

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anil Seth about the scientific study of consciousness, where consciousness emerges in nature, levels of consciousness, perception as a “controlled hallucination,” emotion, the experience of “pure consciousness,” consciousness as “integrated information,” measures of “brain complexity,” psychedelics, different aspects of the “self,” conscious AI, and many other topics. You can support the Waking Up at SamHarris.org/support.

Jan 09 2018
3 hours 5 mins
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Rank #18: #21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization

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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Douglas Murray about Islamism, liberalism, civil society, and the migrant crisis in Europe. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

Nov 22 2015
2 hours 11 mins
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Rank #19: #87 — Triggered

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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.

Jul 19 2017
2 hours 17 mins
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Rank #20: #143 — The Keys to the Mind

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In this episode of the Waking Up 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. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

Nov 21 2018
1 hour 52 mins
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