Waking Up with Sam Harris

By 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 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 has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere. Mr. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

Episode Date
#130 — Universal Basic Income
01:08:51

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.

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Jun 19, 2018
#129 — An Insider’s View of Medicine
01:16:31

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.

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Jun 12, 2018
#128 — Transformations of Mind
02:38:00

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.

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Jun 04, 2018
#127 — Freedom from the Known
01:21:54

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.

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May 28, 2018
#126 — In Defense of Honor
02:11:38

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.

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May 08, 2018
#125 — What Is Christianity?
01:51:41

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.

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May 01, 2018
#124 — In Search of Reality
01:58:09

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.

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Apr 21, 2018
#123 — Identity & Honesty
02:11:56

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). 

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Apr 09, 2018
#122 — Extreme Housekeeping Edition
43:56

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris responds to the ongoing controversy over his interview with Charles Murray and discusses his upcoming conversation with Ezra Klein. He also announces a change he will be making to the format of the podcast.

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Apr 03, 2018
#121 — White Power
02:23:25

In this episode of the Waking Up 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
#120 — What Is and What Matters
01:55:47

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Goldstein and Max Tegmark about the foundations of human knowledge and morality.

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Mar 19, 2018
#119 — Hidden Motives
02:21:57

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robin Hanson about our hidden motives in everyday life. They discuss selfishness, hypocrisy, norms and meta-norms, cheating, deception, self-deception, education, the evolutionary logic of conversation, social status, signaling and counter-signaling, common knowledge, AI, and many other topics.

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Mar 12, 2018
# 118 — The View from Trumpistan
01:09:15

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Preet Bharara about President Trump and the Russia investigation. 

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Feb 27, 2018
#117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos
02:03:10

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Niall Ferguson about his new book "The Square and the Tower." They discuss his career as a writer, networks and hierarchies, how history gets written, the similarity between the 16th century and the 21st, the role of social media in the 2016 Presidential election, the influence of advertising on the public sphere, Trump, the Russian investigation, Islamic extremism, counterfactuals, what would have happened if Clinton had won the presidency, immigration in Europe, conspiracy theories, capitalism, globalization, communism, wealth inequality, universal basic income, Henry Kissinger, the prospect of a US war with China, cyberwar, and other topics. 

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Feb 19, 2018
The Russell Brand Interview
02:01:01

This episode of the Waking Up podcast features an interview that Sam did with Russell Brand on the Under the Skin podcast. They speak about religion, terrorism, politics, meditation, psychedelics, and other topics.

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Feb 09, 2018
#116 — AI: Racing Toward the Brink
02:10:52

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eliezer Yudkowsky about the nature of intelligence, different types of AI, the "alignment problem," IS vs OUGHT, the possibility that future AI might deceive us, the AI arms race, conscious AI, coordination problems, and other topics.

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Feb 06, 2018
#115 — Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)
01:40:10

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Lawrence Krauss and Matt Dillahunty about the threat of nuclear war, Christian support for Trump, science and a universal conception of morality, the role of intuition in science, the primacy of consciousness, the nature of time, free will, the self, meditation, and other topics. 

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Jan 29, 2018
#114 — Politics and Sanity
02:18:45

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan about the Trump presidency, hyper-partisanship, how democracies fail, immigration, the lowering life expectancy in the U.S., racism, social media, the opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, religion, what a healthy politics might look like, and other topics.

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Jan 22, 2018
#113 — Consciousness and the Self
03:06:11

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.

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Jan 09, 2018
#112 — The Intellectual Dark Web
02:15:47

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.

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Jan 02, 2018
#111 — The Science of Meditation
01:27:53

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson about the current scientific understanding of meditation practice. They speak about the original stigma associated with meditation, the history of introspection in eastern and western cultures, the recent collaboration between Buddhism and western science, the difference between altered states and altered traits, an alternate conception of mental health, “meta-awareness,” the relationship between mindfulness and “flow,” the difference between pain and suffering, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and other topics.

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Dec 28, 2017
#110 — The Change Artist
01:53:19

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with AJ Jacobs about religion, gossip, polyamory, health advice, our past and future selves, “radical honesty,” human genealogy, tribalism, and other topics.

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Dec 23, 2017
#109— Biology and Culture
02:09:01

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Bret Weinstein about the moral panic at Evergreen State College, the concept of race, genetic differences between human populations, intersectionality, sex and gender, “metaphorical truth,” religion and “group selection,” equality, and other topics.

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Dec 19, 2017
#108 — Defending the Experts
01:38:20

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tom Nichols about his book The Death of Expertise. They discuss the “Dunning-Kruger Effect,” the growth of knowledge and reliance on authority, when experts fail, the repudiation of expertise in politics, conspiracy thinking, North Korea, Trump, and other topics.

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Dec 14, 2017
#107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?
01:56:09

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Benatar about his philosophy of “anti-natalism." They discuss the asymmetry between the good and bad things in life, the ethics of existential risk, the moral landscape, the limits and paradoxes of introspection, the “experience machine” thought experiment, population ethics, and other topics.

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Dec 06, 2017
#106 — Humanity 2.0
48:20

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jennifer Doudna about the gene-editing technology CRISPR/cas9. They talk about the biology of gene editing, how specific tissues in the body can be targeted, the ethical implications of changing the human genome, the importance of curiosity-driven science, and other topics.

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Nov 29, 2017
#105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty
01:38:04

The following conversation between Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty was recorded at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on November 2, 2017.

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Nov 20, 2017
#104 — The Lessons of Death
01:08:00

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Frank Ostaseski about death and dying—and about how the awareness of death can improve our lives in each moment.

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Nov 15, 2017
#103 — American Fantasies
01:11:23

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kurt Andersen about the American aptitude for unfounded belief, the religious lunacy of the Puritans, populist mistrust of authority, the link between postmodernism and religious fundamentalism, the unique history of American religious entrepreneurship, the Trump phenomenon, the effect of fame on politics, and other topics.

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Nov 09, 2017
#102 — Is Buddhism True?
02:13:03

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.

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Oct 30, 2017
#101 — Defending the Republic
01:22:11

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Cass Sunstein about the polarization and fragmentation of American society, “choice architecture,” the importance of face-to-face interactions for problem solving, group polarization and identity politics, virtuous extremism, the wisdom of crowds, direct democracy, the limits of free speech, the process of Presidential impeachment, and other topics. 

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Oct 17, 2017
#100 — Facing the Crowd
01:41:20

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and current threats to free speech.

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Oct 09, 2017
The "After On" Interview
01:47:58

This episode of the Waking Up podcast features an interview that Sam Harris did with Rob Reid on the After On podcast. They speak about publishing, psychedelics, terrorism, meditation, free speech and other topics.

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Oct 06, 2017
#99 — What Happened to Liberalism?
01:17:37

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Lilla about the fate of political liberalism in the United States, the emergence of a new identity politics, the role of class in American society, wealth inequality, and other topics.

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Sep 28, 2017
#98 — Into the Dark Land
01:09:51

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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Sep 21, 2017
#97 — The Impossible War
01:01:30

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their latest film, The Vietnam War.

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Sep 15, 2017
#96 — The Nature of Consciousness
01:54:22

In this episode of the Waking Up 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
#95 — What You Need to Know About Climate Change
02:06:52

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Joseph Romm about how the climate is changing and how we know that human behavior is the primary cause. They discuss why small changes in temperature matter so much, the threats of sea-level rise and desertification, the best and worst case scenarios, the Paris Climate Agreement, the politics surrounding climate science, and many other topics.

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Sep 05, 2017
#94 — The Future of Intelligence
01:28:59

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Max Tegmark about his new book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. They talk about the nature of intelligence, the risks of superhuman AI, a nonbiological definition of life, the substrate independence of minds, the relevance and irrelevance of consciousness for the future of AI, near-term breakthroughs in AI, and other topics.  

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Aug 29, 2017
#93 — Identity & Terror
01:29:33

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about identity politics, the rise of white nationalism, the events in Charlottesville, guilt by association, the sources of western values, the problem of finding meaning in a secular world, and other topics.

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Aug 21, 2017
#92 — The Limits of Persuasion
02:20:49

In this episode of the Waking Up 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
#91 — The Biology of Good and Evil
01:38:14

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Sapolsky about his work with baboons, the opposition between reason and emotion, doubt, the evolution of the brain, the civilizing role of the frontal cortex, the illusion of free will, justice and vengeance, brain-machine interface, religion, drugs, and other topics.

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Aug 09, 2017
#90 — Living With Violence
02:21:39

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gavin de Becker about the primacy of human intuition in the prediction and prevention of violence.

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Aug 06, 2017
#89 — On Becoming a Better Person
58:14

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Brooks about his book The Road to Character, the importance of words like “sin” and "virtue," self-esteem vs. self-overcoming, the significance of keeping promises, honesty, President Trump, and other topics.

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Jul 25, 2017
#88 — Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?
01:09:04

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Bowden about the problem of a nuclear-armed North Korea.

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Jul 21, 2017
#87 — Triggered
02:17:25

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Scott Adams debate the character and competence of President Trump.

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Jul 19, 2017
#86 — From Cells to Cities
02:09:31

In this episode of the Waking Up 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
#85 — Is this the End of Europe?
01:28:29

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about his book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam.

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Jul 07, 2017
#84 — Landscapes of Mind
01:43:04

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kevin Kelly about why it’s so hard to predict future technology, the nature of intelligence, the “singularity,” artificial consciousness, and other topics.

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Jul 01, 2017
#83 — The Politics of Emergency
01:24:40

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Fareed Zakaria about his career as a journalist, Samuel Huntington's "clash of civilizations," political partisanship, Trump, the health of the news media, the connection between Islam and intolerance, and other topics.

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Jun 23, 2017
#82 — The End of the World According to ISIS
01:45:41

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.

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Jun 15, 2017
#81 — Leaving Islam
01:45:45

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sarah Haider about her organization Ex-Muslims of North America, how the political Left is confused about Islam, "rape culture" under Islam, honesty without bigotry, stealth theocracy, immigration, the prospects of reforming Islam, and other topics.

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Jun 09, 2017
#80 — The Unraveling
01:00:09

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about political partisanship, recent security leaks, Trump's foreign policy, the Russia investigation, Kathy Griffin's joke, and other topics.

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Jun 04, 2017
#79 — The Road to Tyranny
01:19:23

In this episode of the Waking Up 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
#78 — Persuasion and Control
01:29:46

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Zeynep Tufekci about "surveillance capitalism," the Trump campaign's use of Facebook, AI-enabled marketing, the health of the press, Wikileaks, ransomware attacks, and other topics.

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May 26, 2017
#77 — The Moral Complexity of Genetics
02:12:28

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about the human desire to understand and manipulate heredity, the genius of Gregor Mendel, the ethics of altering our genes, the future of genetic medicine, patent issues in genetic research, controversies about race and intelligence, and other topics.

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May 22, 2017
#76 — The Path to Impeachment
01:20:17

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum and Juliette Kayyem about the unfolding Russia scandal in the White House.

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May 18, 2017
#75 — Ask Me Anything 7
58:13

 In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about the illusion of the self, his podcast with Charles Murray, the future of brain-machine interfaces, his BJJ practice, reasoning with the extreme Left, mindfulness and parenting, his experience of going back to school after a long break, transgenderism, increasing one’s vocabulary, and other topics.

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May 12, 2017
#74 — What Should We Eat?
02:07:18

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gary Taubes about his career as a science journalist, the difficulty of studying nutrition and public health scientifically, the growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the role of hormones in weight gain, the controversies surrounding his work, and other topics. 

May 06, 2017
#73 — Forbidden Knowledge
02:18:02

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.

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Apr 23, 2017
#72 — Privacy and Security
38:45

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with General Michael V. Hayden about the reality of spying, the difference between the NSA and the CIA, the ethics of secrecy, Edward Snowden, the Russian Hacking of the 2016 US Presidential election, and other topics. 

Apr 17, 2017
#71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?
01:48:24

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, the consequences of having an ad-based economy, the dynamics of regret, and other topics.

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Apr 14, 2017
#70 — Beauty and Terror
02:17:07

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with physicist Lawrence Krauss about the utility of public debates, the progress of science, confusion about the role of consciousness in quantum mechanics, the present danger of nuclear war, the Trump administration, the relative threats of Christian theocracy and Islamism, and realistic fears about terrorism.

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Apr 10, 2017
#69 — The Russia Connection
01:22:01

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum about Russia's meddling in the U.S. Presidential election and Trump's troubling affinity for Vladimir Putin.

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Mar 24, 2017
#68 — Reality and the Imagination
01:32:07

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about meditation, the need for stories, the power of technology to erase the boundary between fact and fiction, wealth inequality, the problem of finding meaning in a world without work, religion as a virtual reality game, the difference between pain and suffering, the future of globalism, and other topics.

 

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Mar 19, 2017
#67 — Meaning and Chaos
01:49:48

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson discuss science, religion, archetypes, mythology, and the perennial problem of finding meaning in life.

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Mar 13, 2017
#66 — Living with Robots
01:06:56

In this Episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kate Darling about the ethical concerns surrounding our increasing use of robots and other autonomous systems.

Kate Darling is a leading expert in robot ethics. She’s a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Kate is also a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Yale Information Society Project, and is an affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and public policy. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property.  

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Mar 01, 2017
#65 — We're All Cucks Now
01:09:55

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about the presidency of Donald Trump.

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Feb 20, 2017
#64 — Ask Me Anything 6
01:26:35

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about his conversation with Jordan Peterson, the reaction to Milo Yiannopoulos at U.C. Berkeley, the “Muslim ban,” the echo chamber of social media, Trump’s lies, the value of the humanities, the ethics of ending aging, whether consciousness can be an illusion, evolution and morality, free speech and other topics.

 

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Feb 16, 2017
#63 — Why Meditate?
01:46:01

In this episode the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein answer questions about the practice of mindfulness. They discuss the nature negative emotions, the importance of ethics, the concept of enlightenment, and other topics.

 

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Jan 31, 2017
#62 — What is True?
02:15:36

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.

 

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Jan 21, 2017
#61 — The Power of Belief
02:07:29

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Lawrence Wright about al-Qaeda & ISIS, Arab culture, 9/11 conspiracy theories, the migrant crisis in Europe, Scientology, parallels between L. Ron Hubbard and Donald Trump, the Satanic cult panic, and other topics.

 

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Jan 15, 2017
#60 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (2)
01:23:19

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (second of two). They discuss Richard’s experience of having a stroke, the genetic future of humanity, the analogy between genes and memes, the “extended phenotype,” Islam and bigotry, the biology of race, how to find meaning without religion, and other topics.

 

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Jan 10, 2017
#59 — Friend & Foe
01:56:19

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Maajid Nawaz about the Southern Poverty Law Center, Robert Spencer, Keith Ellison, moderate Muslims, Shadi Hamid’s notion of “Islamic exceptionalism," the migrant crisis in Europe, foreign interventions, Trump, Putin, Obama’s legacy, and other topics.

 

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Jan 05, 2017
#58 — The Putin Question
01:31:29

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Garry Kasparov about the problem of waning American power, the rise of Putin, the coming presidency of Donald Trump, computer chess, the future of artificial intelligence, and other topics.

 

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Dec 27, 2016
#57 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1)
01:36:52

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (first of two). They cover religion, Jurassic Park, artificial intelligence, elitism, continuing human evolution, and other topics.

 

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Dec 19, 2016
#56 — Abusing Dolores
02:19:35

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Paul Bloom about empathy, meditation studies, morality, AI, Westworld, Donald Trump, free will, rationality, conspiracy thinking, and other topics.

 

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Dec 12, 2016
#55 — Islamism vs Secularism
02:36:15

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Shadi Hamid about the power of religious belief, the failure of the Left, Islamist democracy, free speech, profiling, white nationalism, Obama’s foreign policy and other topics.

 

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Dec 06, 2016
#54 — Trumping The World
01:21:44

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with journalist James Kirchick about the coming Trump presidency, liberalism vs illiberalism, fake news, Russia, Syria, Iran, and the future of American power.

 

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Dec 01, 2016
#53 — The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence
01:15:49

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with computer scientist Stuart Russell about the challenge of building artificial intelligence that is compatible with human well-being.

 

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Nov 24, 2016
#52 — Finding Our Way in the Cosmos
01:49:03

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with physicist David Deutsch about the foundations of knowledge, the moral landscape, possible futures for conscious beings, and other topics.

 

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Nov 16, 2016
#51 — The Most Powerful Clown
30:09

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks about the results of the 2016 presidential election and the prospects of a President Trump.

 

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Nov 10, 2016
#50 — The Borders of Tolerance
58:51

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about Islamism, the migrant crisis in Europe, and other topics.

 

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Nov 02, 2016
#49 — The Lesser Evil
02:26:52

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Sullivan about the 2016 presidential election.

 

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Oct 26, 2016
#48 — What Is Moral Progress?
01:57:36

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Peter Singer about the foundations of morality, expanding the circle of our moral concern, politics, free speech, conspiracy thinking, Edward Snowden, the importance of intentions, WWII, euthanasia, eating “happy cows,” and other topics.

 

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Oct 21, 2016
#47 — The Frontiers of Political Correctness
01:51:40

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gad Saad about political correctness, academic taboos, Islam, immigration, Donald Trump, and other topics.

 

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Oct 06, 2016
#46 — The End of Faith Sessions 3
01:05:39

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the third chapter of "The End of Faith." Topics covered: Christianity, Judaism, the Inquisition, witchcraft, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust.

 

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Sep 28, 2016
#45 — Ask Me Anything 5
01:20:28

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about how 9/11 changed his life, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, free will, why he podcasts, Milo and the alt-Right, identity politics, Clinton vs. Trump, vegetarianism, and the Hannibal Buress episode.

 

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Sep 13, 2016
#44 — Being Good and Doing Good
02:10:21

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Oxford philosopher William MacAskill about effective altruism, moral illusions, existential risk, and other topics.

 

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Aug 29, 2016
#43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?
48:43

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads from the latest issue of "Dabiq," the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide.

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Aug 17, 2016
#42 — Racism and Violence in America
02:06:27

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to economist Glenn C. Loury about racism, police violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related topics.

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Aug 09, 2016
#41 — Faith in Reason
02:24:03

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein about the relationship between faith and reason and about some of the factors that make conversations on important topics so difficult.

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Aug 01, 2016
#40 — Complexity & Stupidity
01:42:59

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to biologist David Krakauer about information, complex systems, and the future of humanity.

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Jul 12, 2016
#39 — Free Will Revisited
01:44:13

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Daniel Dennett about free will.

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Jul 04, 2016
#38 — The End of Faith Sessions 2
02:39:34

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the second chapter of "The End of Faith." However, the first hour of this podcast focuses on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the political implications of the recent terrorist attack in Orlando. Discussion of The End of Faith begins at 1:04:30.

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Jun 15, 2016
#37 — Thinking in Public
01:44:30

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about the public understanding of science, his career as an educator, political atheism, racism, artificial intelligence, alien life, and other topics.

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May 31, 2016
#36 — What Makes Us Safer?
01:22:47

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with a leading expert on homeland security about the war on terror, profiling, Islamism, and other topics.

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May 02, 2016
#35 — The End Of Faith Sessions 1
02:00:53

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the first chapter of "The End of Faith."

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Apr 25, 2016
#34 — The Light of the Mind
01:44:45

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher David Chalmers about the nature of consciousness, the challenges of understanding it scientifically, and the prospect that we will one day build it into our machines.

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Apr 18, 2016
#33 — Ask Me Anything 4
58:11

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about the recent attacks in Brussels, dealing with anxiety, the science of immortality, fame, liberalism, the Golden Age of Islam, and other topics.

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Mar 26, 2016
#32 — The Best Podcast Ever
03:31:28

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

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Mar 12, 2016
#31 — Evolving Minds
01:57:56

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris responds to Omer Aziz and Salon magazine, and then speaks with Jonathan Haidt about the scientific study of morality, the problem of political correctness, and other topics.

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Mar 09, 2016
#30 — Inside the Crucible
01:49:22

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris briefly revisits the Apple-FBI controversy and then speaks with Michael Weiss about ISIS and the ongoing civil war in Syria. 

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Mar 06, 2016
#29 — Throw Open the Gates
02:07:02

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris responds to criticism of his views on the Apple-FBI controversy and then speaks with Maryam Namazie about friendly fire among secularists, profiling, the immigration crisis in Europe, and other topics.

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Feb 24, 2016
#28 — Meat Without Misery
01:07:10

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris offers a few more thoughts on Clinton vs Sanders, as well as on the ethics of strong encryption. He then speaks with Uma Valeti, cardiologist and CEO of Memphis Meats, about the future of food production. 

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Feb 20, 2016
#27 — Ask Me Anything 3
01:10:15

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about free will, meditation, Noam Chomsky, the illusion of the self, Clinton vs. Sanders, the de-platforming of Richard Dawkins, wealth inequality, and other topics.

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Feb 13, 2016
#26 — The Logic of Violence
01:45:28

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with retired Navy SEAL and author, Jocko Willink. They discuss U.S. foreign policy, war, human evil, and other topics.

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Jan 19, 2016
#25 — Behind the Gun
01:43:59

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with former SWAT operator and lead weapons and tactics instructor for the LAPD Metro Division, Scott Reitz. They discuss guns, gun control, police violence, and related topics.

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Jan 14, 2016
#24 — Ask Me Anything 2
01:32:58

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about Islamism, free will, honesty, vegetarianism, why he doesn’t publish more in academic journals, and other topics.

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Jan 04, 2016
#23 — Islam and the Future of Tolerance (Audiobook Excerpts)
01:12:06

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris introduces the audio edition of his book with Maajid Nawaz, "Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue."

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Dec 21, 2015
#22 — Surviving the Cosmos
01:53:24

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.

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Dec 16, 2015
#21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization
02:11:54

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.

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Nov 22, 2015
#20 — Still Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon
23:40

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reflects on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Nov 15, 2015
#19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)
01:35:54

In this episode of the Waking Up 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
#18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)
01:26:31

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.

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Sep 23, 2015
#17 — What I Really Think About Profiling
13:12

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris responds to misrepresentations of his views (again).

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Sep 16, 2015
#16 — The Dark Side
01:38:17

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom talk about Donald Trump, torture, trophy hunting, and other terrors.

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Aug 26, 2015
#15 — Questions Along the Path
01:39:33

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein discuss the practice of meditation and answer questions that came from listeners in response to their first conversation, "The Path and the Goal."

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Aug 11, 2015
#14 — The Virtues of Cold Blood
01:30:30

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about the limitations of empathy as a guide to moral reasoning.

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Jul 29, 2015
#13 — The Moral Gaze
01:10:58

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with the filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer about his remarkable documentaries, "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence."

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Jul 21, 2015
#12 — Leaving the Church
01:14:23

In this episode, Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.

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Jul 03, 2015
#11 — Shouldering the Burden of History
02:07:36

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.

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Jun 27, 2015
#10 — Faith vs. Fact
01:06:29

In this episode, Sam Harris interviews biologist Jerry Coyne about his new book, "Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible."

May 19, 2015
#9 — Final Thoughts On Chomsky
10:47

Sam Harris reflects on his failure to have a productive conversation with Noam Chomsky.

May 15, 2015
#8 — Ask Me Anything 1
01:09:38

In this episode of the Waking Up Podcast, Sam Harris talks about atheism, artificial intelligence, rape, public speaking, meditation, consciousness, free will, intellectual honesty, and other topics.

Apr 24, 2015
#7 — Through the Eyes of a Cult
30:45

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris discusses the Heaven's Gate suicide cult and argues that we all have something important to learn from them about the power of belief.

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Mar 25, 2015
#6 — The Chapel Hill Murders and 'Militant' Atheism
24:43

Sam Harris responds to the charge that "militant" atheism is responsible for the murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina.

Feb 18, 2015
#5 — After Charlie Hebdo and Other Thoughts
39:30

Sam Harris answers reader questions in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Jan 22, 2015
#4 — The Path and the Goal
02:04:30

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

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Oct 28, 2014
#3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One
01:26:25

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

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Aug 21, 2014
#2 — Why Don't I Criticize Israel?
16:41

In the wake of the recent war in Gaza, many readers have asked "Why don't you criticize Israel?" Here is my response. You can read an annotated transcript of this podcast at: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/why-dont-i-criticize-israel

Jul 27, 2014
#1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life
20:44

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
How to talk to a Christian
07:50
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
Looking for the Self (26 Minutes)
26:14
This is a 26-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.
Sep 26, 2013
Mindfulness Meditation (9 Minutes)
08:54
This is a 9-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.
Sep 26, 2013