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Waking Up with Sam Harris Podcast

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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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  • #129 — An Insider’s View of Medicine
    Tue, Jun 12, 2018


    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.

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

  • #128 — Transformations of Mind
    Mon, Jun 04, 2018


    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.

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

  • #127 — Freedom from the Known
    Mon, May 28, 2018


    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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  • #126 — In Defense of Honor
    Tue, May 08, 2018


    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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  • #125 — What Is Christianity?
    Tue, May 01, 2018


    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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  • #124 — In Search of Reality
    Sat, Apr 21, 2018


    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.

  • #123 — Identity & Honesty
    Mon, Apr 09, 2018


    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.

  • #122 — Extreme Housekeeping Edition
    Tue, Apr 03, 2018


    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.

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

  • #121 — White Power
    Sun, Mar 25, 2018


    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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  • #120 — What Is and What Matters
    Mon, Mar 19, 2018


    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.

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

  • #119 — Hidden Motives
    Mon, Mar 12, 2018


    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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  • # 118 — The View from Trumpistan
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018


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

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

    Supporters get exclusive access to Sam's AMA episodes and other subscriber-only content.

  • #117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos
    Mon, Feb 19, 2018


    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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  • The Russell Brand Interview
    Fri, Feb 09, 2018


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #116 — AI: Racing Toward the Brink
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #115 — Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)
    Mon, Jan 29, 2018


    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. 

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #114 — Politics and Sanity
    Mon, Jan 22, 2018


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #113 — Consciousness and the Self
    Tue, Jan 09, 2018


    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.

  • #112 — The Intellectual Dark Web
    Tue, Jan 02, 2018


    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.

  • #111 — The Science of Meditation
    Thu, Dec 28, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #110 — The Change Artist
    Sat, Dec 23, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #109— Biology and Culture
    Tue, Dec 19, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #108 — Defending the Experts
    Thu, Dec 14, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?
    Wed, Dec 06, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #106 — Humanity 2.0
    Wed, Nov 29, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty
    Mon, Nov 20, 2017


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

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support

  • #104 — The Lessons of Death
    Wed, Nov 15, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #103 — American Fantasies
    Thu, Nov 09, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #102 — Is Buddhism True?
    Mon, Oct 30, 2017


    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.

  • #101 — Defending the Republic
    Tue, Oct 17, 2017


    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. 

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #100 — Facing the Crowd
    Mon, Oct 09, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • The "After On" Interview
    Fri, Oct 06, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #99 — What Happened to Liberalism?
    Thu, Sep 28, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #98 — Into the Dark Land
    Thu, Sep 21, 2017


    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

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #97 — The Impossible War
    Fri, Sep 15, 2017


    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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  • #96 — The Nature of Consciousness
    Sun, Sep 10, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #95 — What You Need to Know About Climate Change
    Tue, Sep 05, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #94 — The Future of Intelligence
    Tue, Aug 29, 2017


    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.  

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #93 — Identity & Terror
    Mon, Aug 21, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #92 — The Limits of Persuasion
    Wed, Aug 16, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #91 — The Biology of Good and Evil
    Wed, Aug 09, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support

  • #90 — Living With Violence
    Sun, Aug 06, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #89 — On Becoming a Better Person
    Tue, Jul 25, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #88 — Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?
    Fri, Jul 21, 2017


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

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #87 — Triggered
    Wed, Jul 19, 2017


    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.

  • #86 — From Cells to Cities
    Fri, Jul 14, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #85 — Is this the End of Europe?
    Fri, Jul 07, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

     

  • #84 — Landscapes of Mind
    Sat, Jul 01, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #83 — The Politics of Emergency
    Fri, Jun 23, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #82 — The End of the World According to ISIS
    Thu, Jun 15, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #81 —Leaving Islam
    Fri, Jun 09, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #80 — The Unraveling
    Sun, Jun 04, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #79 — The Road to Tyranny
    Mon, May 29, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #78 — Persuasion and Control
    Fri, May 26, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #77 — The Moral Complexity of Genetics
    Mon, May 22, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #76 — The Path to Impeachment
    Thu, May 18, 2017


    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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #75 — Ask Me Anything 7
    Fri, May 12, 2017


     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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #74 — What Should We Eat?
    Sat, May 06, 2017


    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. 

  • #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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

     

  • #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. 

  • #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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at www.samharris.org/support

  • #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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

  • #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.

    You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

  • #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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