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Author, neuroscientist, and philosopher Sam Harris has become one of leading voices in the modern secular humanist movement thanks in part to best-selling books such as The Moral Landscape and his latest book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. With this podcast, Harris hosts discussions with a range of experts in fields that reflect his varied interests, including the current conflict with ISIS, the shifting American religious landscape, ethical philosophy in the wake of globalization, scientific progress and his lifelong interest in mindfulness meditation. Harris also provides short audio essays, answers questions from his growing audience, and in sum provides a clear-headed, dryly humorous take on the many deep issues facing the modern world.


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#73 — Forbidden Knowledge


Sun, Apr 23, 2017


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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#72 — Privacy and Security


Mon, Apr 17, 2017


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. 



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#71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?


Fri, Apr 14, 2017


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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#70 — Beauty and Terror


Mon, Apr 10, 2017


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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#69 — The Russia Connection


Fri, Mar 24, 2017


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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#68 — Reality and the Imagination


Sun, Mar 19, 2017


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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#67 — Meaning and Chaos


Mon, Mar 13, 2017


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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#66 — Living with Robots


Wed, Mar 01, 2017


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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#65 — We're All Cucks Now


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


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

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#64 — Ask Me Anything 6


Thu, Feb 16, 2017


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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#63 — Why Meditate?


Tue, Jan 31, 2017


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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#62 — What is True?


Sat, Jan 21, 2017


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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#61 — The Power of Belief


Sun, Jan 15, 2017


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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#60 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (2)


Tue, Jan 10, 2017


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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#59 — Friend & Foe


Thu, Jan 05, 2017


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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#58 — The Putin Question


Tue, Dec 27, 2016


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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#57 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1)


Mon, Dec 19, 2016


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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#56 — Abusing Dolores


Mon, Dec 12, 2016


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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#55 — Islamism vs Secularism


Tue, Dec 06, 2016


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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#54 — Trumping The World


Thu, Dec 01, 2016


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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#53 — The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence


Thu, Nov 24, 2016


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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#52 — Finding Our Way in the Cosmos


Wed, Nov 16, 2016


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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#51 — The Most Powerful Clown


Thu, Nov 10, 2016


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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#50 — The Borders of Tolerance


Wed, Nov 02, 2016


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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#49 — The Lesser Evil


Wed, Oct 26, 2016


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

 

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#48 — What Is Moral Progress?


Fri, Oct 21, 2016


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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#47 — The Frontiers of Political Correctness


Thu, Oct 06, 2016


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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#46 — The End of Faith Sessions 3


Wed, Sep 28, 2016


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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#45 — Ask Me Anything 5


Tue, Sep 13, 2016


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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#44 — Being Good and Doing Good


Mon, Aug 29, 2016


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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#43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?


Wed, Aug 17, 2016


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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#42 — Racism and Violence in America


Tue, Aug 09, 2016


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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#41 — Faith in Reason


Mon, Aug 01, 2016


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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#40 — Complexity & Stupidity


Tue, Jul 12, 2016


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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#39 — Free Will Revisited


Mon, Jul 04, 2016


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

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#38 — The End of Faith Sessions 2


Wed, Jun 15, 2016


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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#37 — Thinking in Public


Tue, May 31, 2016


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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#36 — What Makes Us Safer?


Mon, May 02, 2016


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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#35 — The End Of Faith Sessions 1


Mon, Apr 25, 2016


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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#34 — The Light of the Mind


Mon, Apr 18, 2016


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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#33 — Ask Me Anything 4


Sat, Mar 26, 2016


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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#32 — The Best Podcast Ever


Sat, Mar 12, 2016


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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#31 — Evolving Minds


Wed, Mar 09, 2016


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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#30 — Inside the Crucible


Sun, Mar 06, 2016


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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#29 — Throw Open the Gates


Wed, Feb 24, 2016


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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#28 — Meat Without Misery


Sat, Feb 20, 2016


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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#27 — Ask Me Anything 3


Sat, Feb 13, 2016


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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#26 — The Logic of Violence


Tue, Jan 19, 2016


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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#25 — Behind the Gun


Thu, Jan 14, 2016


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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#24 — Ask Me Anything 2


Mon, Jan 04, 2016


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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#23 — Islam and the Future of Tolerance (Audiobook Excerpts)


Mon, Dec 21, 2015


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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#22 — Surviving the Cosmos


Wed, Dec 16, 2015


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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#21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization


Sun, Nov 22, 2015


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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#20 — Still Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon


Sun, Nov 15, 2015


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

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#19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)


Thu, Oct 08, 2015


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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#18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)


Wed, Sep 23, 2015


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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#17 — What I Really Think About Profiling


Wed, Sep 16, 2015


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

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#16 — The Dark Side


Wed, Aug 26, 2015


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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#15 — Questions Along the Path


Tue, Aug 11, 2015


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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#14 — The Virtues of Cold Blood


Wed, Jul 29, 2015


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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#13 — The Moral Gaze


Tue, Jul 21, 2015


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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#12 — Leaving the Church


Fri, Jul 03, 2015


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

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#11 — Shouldering the Burden of History


Sat, Jun 27, 2015


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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#10 — Faith vs. Fact


Tue, May 19, 2015


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



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#9 — Final Thoughts On Chomsky


Fri, May 15, 2015


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



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#8 — Ask Me Anything 1


Fri, Apr 24, 2015


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.



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#7 — Through the Eyes of a Cult


Wed, Mar 25, 2015


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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#6 — The Chapel Hill Murders and 'Militant' Atheism


Wed, Feb 18, 2015


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



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#5 — After Charlie Hebdo and Other Thoughts


Thu, Jan 22, 2015


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



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#4 — The Path and the Goal


Tue, Oct 28, 2014


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

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#3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One


Thu, Aug 21, 2014


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

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#2 — Why Don't I Criticize Israel?


Sun, Jul 27, 2014


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



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#1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life


Thu, Jun 05, 2014


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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How to talk to a Christian


Tue, Nov 12, 2013


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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Looking for the Self (26 Minutes)


Thu, Sep 26, 2013


This is a 26-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.

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Mindfulness Meditation (9 Minutes)


Thu, Sep 26, 2013


This is a 9-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.

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