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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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Sam curates the most interesting guest list in podcastville. His conversations are interesting and varied, and he allows his guests to present their best self and is always kind and fair.

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By Jeff Tha Fat - Jul 24 2019
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Thoughtful and entertaining discussion on important subjects, can’t lose with this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

17014 Ratings
Average Ratings
15433
638
359
190
394

Best Podcast Out There

By reesepierce - Aug 11 2019
Read more
Sam curates the most interesting guest list in podcastville. His conversations are interesting and varied, and he allows his guests to present their best self and is always kind and fair.

💯

By Jeff Tha Fat - Jul 24 2019
Read more
Thoughtful and entertaining discussion on important subjects, can’t lose with this podcast.
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Making Sense with Sam Harris

Updated 13 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: #164 — Cause & Effect

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In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Judea Pearl about his work on the mathematics of causality and artificial intelligence. They discuss how science has generally failed to understand causation, different levels of causal inference, counterfactuals, the foundations of knowledge, the nature of possibility, the illusion of free will, artificial intelligence, the nature of consciousness, and other topics.

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Aug 05 2019
1 hour 53 mins
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Rank #2: #163 — Ricky Gervais

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In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ricky Gervais. They discuss fame, the effect of social media, the changing state of comedy, offensive jokes, Louis CK, political hypocrisy, Brexit and Trump, the state of journalism, and other topics.

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Jul 12 2019
2 hours 11 mins
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Rank #3: Looking for the Self (26 Minutes)

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This is a 26-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.
Sep 26 2013
26 mins
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Rank #4: #125 — What Is Christianity?

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In this episode of the Making Sense 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.

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May 01 2018
1 hour 51 mins
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Rank #5: #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
2 hours 17 mins
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Rank #6: #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
2 hours 10 mins
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Rank #7: Mindfulness Meditation (9 Minutes)

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This is a 9-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.
Sep 26 2013
8 mins
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Rank #8: #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
3 hours 30 mins
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Rank #9: #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
1 hour 52 mins
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Rank #10: #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
2 hours 15 mins
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Rank #11: #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

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Jun 05 2014
20 mins
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Rank #12: #102 — Is Buddhism True?

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Wright about his book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.

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Oct 30 2017
2 hours 2 mins
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Rank #13: #134 — Beyond the Politics of Race

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics.

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Jul 29 2018
1 hour 46 mins
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Rank #14: #19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris discusses his views about guns and gun control in light of a recent mass shooting.

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Oct 08 2015
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #15: #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
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #16: #124 — In Search of Reality

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In this episode of the Making Sense 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.

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Apr 21 2018
1 hour 46 mins
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Rank #17: #152 — The Trouble with Facebook

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In the episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Roger McNamee about his book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.

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Mar 27 2019
1 hour 53 mins
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Rank #18: #11 — Shouldering the Burden of History

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In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Dan Carlin (host of the Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts) discuss American interventionism, the war on terror, and related topics.

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Jun 27 2015
2 hours 6 mins
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Rank #19: #123 — Identity & Honesty

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In this episode of the Making Sense 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 (Making Sense #73). 

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Apr 09 2018
2 hours 5 mins
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Rank #20: #113 — Consciousness and the Self

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In this episode of the Making Sense 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.

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Jan 09 2018
3 hours 5 mins
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