Waking Up with Sam Harris

Waking Up with Sam Harris

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#105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty
Nov 19 • 98 min
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
Nov 14 • 68 min
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
Nov 8 • 71 min
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…
#102 — Is Buddhism True?
Oct 30 • 133 min
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
Oct 17 • 82 min
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…
#100 — Facing the Crowd
Oct 9 • 101 min
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.
Facing the Crowd
Oct 9 • 98 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and the current threats to free speech. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.
The “After On” Interview
Oct 5 • 108 min
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…
#99 — The Fate of Liberalism
Sep 28 • 77 min
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 roll of class in American society, wealth inequality, and other topics.…
#98 — Into the Dark Land
Sep 20 • 70 min
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
Sep 14 • 61 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their latest film, The Vietnam War. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
#96 — The Nature of Consciousness
Sep 10 • 114 min
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 talk about the significance of WWII for the history of ideas, role of intuition in…
#95 — What You Need to Know About Climate Change
Sep 5 • 127 min
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…
#94 — The Future of Intelligence
Aug 29 • 89 min
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…
#93 — Identity & Terror
Aug 21 • 89 min
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…
#92 — The Limits of Persuasion
Aug 16 • 141 min
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,…
#91 — The Biology of Good and Evil
Aug 9 • 98 min
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…
#90 — Living With Violence
Aug 6 • 141 min
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
Jul 25 • 58 min
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…
#88 — Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?
Jul 21 • 69 min
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
Jul 19 • 137 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris debates Scott Adams about all things Trump. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
#86 — From Cells to Cities
Jul 14 • 129 min
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…
#85 — Is This the End of Europe?
Jul 7 • 88 min
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
Jul 1 • 103 min
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…
#83 — The Politics of Emergency
Jun 23 • 84 min
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…
#82 — The End of the World According to ISIS
Jun 15 • 105 min
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…
#82 — The End of the World According to ISIS
Jun 15 • 105 min
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…
#81 — Leaving Islam
Jun 9 • 105 min
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,…
#80 — The Great Unraveling
Jun 4 • 60 min
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 dangerous joke, and other topics.
#79 — The Road to Tyranny
May 29 • 79 min
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.
#78 — Persuasion and Control
May 26 • 89 min
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.
#77 — The Moral Complexity of Genetics
May 22 • 132 min
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…
#77 — The Moral Complexity of Genetics
May 22 • 132 min
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…
The Path to Impeachment
May 18 • 80 min
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
May 12 • 58 min
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…
#74 — What Should We Eat?
May 6 • 127 min
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…
#73 — Forbidden Knowledge
Apr 23 • 138 min
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…
#72 — Privacy and Security
Apr 17 • 38 min
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…
#71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?
Apr 14 • 108 min
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…
#70 — Beauty and Terror
Apr 10 • 137 min
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…
#69 — The Russia Connection
Mar 24 • 82 min
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.
# 68 — Reality and the Imagination
Mar 19 • 92 min
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…
#67 — Meaning and Chaos
Mar 13 • 110 min
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
Mar 1 • 67 min
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…
#65 — We’re All Cucks Now
Feb 20 • 70 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about the presidency of Donald Trump.
#64 — Ask Me Anything 6
Feb 15 • 86 min
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…
#63 — Why Meditate?
Jan 31 • 106 min
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.
#62 — What is True?
Jan 21 • 135 min
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.
#61 — The Power of Belief
Jan 15 • 127 min
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…
#60 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (2)
Jan 10 • 83 min
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…
#59 — Friend & Foe
Jan 5 • 116 min
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…
#58 — The Putin Question
Dec 27, 2016 • 91 min
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.
#57 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1)
Dec 18, 2016 • 97 min
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.
#56 — Abusing Dolores: A Conversation with Paul Bloom
Dec 12, 2016 • 139 min
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.
#55 — Islamism vs Secularism
Dec 6, 2016 • 156 min
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.
#54 — Trumping The World
Dec 1, 2016 • 81 min
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.
#53 — The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence
Nov 23, 2016 • 75 min
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.
#52 — Finding Our Way in the Cosmos
Nov 16, 2016 • 109 min
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.
#51 — The Most Powerful Clown
Nov 10, 2016 • 30 min
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.
#50 — The Borders of Tolerance: A Conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Nov 2, 2016 • 58 min
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.
#49 — The Lesser Evil
Oct 26, 2016 • 147 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Sullivan about the 2016 presidential election.
#48 — What Is Moral Progress?
Oct 21, 2016 • 117 min
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…
#47 — The Frontiers of Political Correctness
Oct 6, 2016 • 111 min
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.
#46 — The End of Faith Sessions 3
Sep 28, 2016 • 65 min
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.
#45 — Ask Me Anything 5
Sep 13, 2016 • 80 min
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…
#44 — Being Good and Doing Good: A Conversation with William MacAskill
Aug 29, 2016 • 130 min
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.
#43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?
Aug 17, 2016 • 48 min
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.
#42 — Racism and Violence in America: A Conversation with Glenn C. Loury
Aug 8, 2016 • 126 min
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.
#41 — Faith in Reason
Aug 1, 2016 • 144 min
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.
#40 — Complexity & Stupidity: A Conversation with David Krakauer
Jul 12, 2016 • 103 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to biologist David Krakauer about information, complex systems, and the future of humanity.
#39 — Free Will Revisited: A Conversation with Daniel Dennett
Jul 3, 2016 • 104 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Daniel Dennett about free will.
#38 — The End of Faith Sessions 2
Jun 15, 2016 • 159 min
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…
#37 — Thinking in Public: A Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson
May 31, 2016 • 104 min
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.
#36 — What Makes Us Safer? A Conversation with Juliette Kayyem
May 2, 2016 • 82 min
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.
#35 — The End Of Faith Sessions 1
Apr 25, 2016 • 121 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the first chapter of “The End of Faith.”
#34 — The Light of the Mind: A Conversation with David Chalmers
Apr 18, 2016 • 104 min
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.
#33 — Ask Me Anything 4
Mar 26, 2016 • 58 min
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.
#32 — The Best Podcast Ever
Mar 12, 2016 • 211 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to Omer Aziz about Islam, Islamism, free speech, and related topics.
#31 — Evolving Minds: A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt
Mar 9, 2016 • 118 min
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.
#30 — Inside the Crucible: A Conversation with Michael Weiss
Mar 6, 2016 • 109 min
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. To support the Waking Up podcast, please visit:…
#29 — Throw Open the Gates: A Conversation with Maryam Namazie
Feb 24, 2016 • 127 min
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.
#28 — Meat Without Misery: A Conversation with Uma Valeti
Feb 20, 2016 • 67 min
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…
#27 — Ask Me Anything 3
Feb 12, 2016 • 70 min
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.
#26 — The Logic of Violence: A Conversation with Jocko Willink
Jan 19, 2016 • 105 min
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.
#25 — Behind the Gun: A Conversation with Scott Reitz
Jan 14, 2016 • 104 min
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.
#24 — Ask Me Anything 2
Jan 3, 2016 • 93 min
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.
#23 — Islam and the Future of Tolerance (Audiobook Excerpts)
Dec 21, 2015 • 72 min
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.”
#22 — Surviving the Cosmos: A Conversation with David Deutsch
Dec 16, 2015 • 113 min
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.
#21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization: A Conversation with Douglas Murray
Nov 22, 2015 • 132 min
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.
#20 — Still Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon
Nov 15, 2015 • 23 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reflects on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
#19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)
Oct 8, 2015 • 96 min
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.
#18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You…): A Conversation with Max Tegmark
Sep 23, 2015 • 86 min
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.
#17 — What I Really Think About Profiling
Sep 16, 2015 • 13 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris responds to misrepresentations of his views (again).
#16 — The Dark Side: A Conversation with Paul Bloom
Aug 26, 2015 • 98 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom talk about Donald Trump, torture, trophy hunting, and other terrors.
#15 — Questions Along the Path: A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein
Aug 11, 2015 • 99 min
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.”
#14 — The Virtues of Cold Blood: A Conversation with Paul Bloom
Jul 29, 2015 • 90 min
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.
#13 — The Moral Gaze: A Conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer
Jul 21, 2015 • 71 min
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.”
#12 — Leaving the Church: A Conversation with Megan Phelps-Roper
Jul 3, 2015 • 74 min
In this episode, Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.
#11 — Shouldering the Burden of History With Dan Carlin
Jun 27, 2015 • 127 min
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.
#10 — Faith vs. Fact: A Conversation with Jerry Coyne
May 19, 2015 • 66 min
In this episode, Sam Harris interviews biologist Jerry Coyne about his new book, “Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible.”
#9 — Final Thoughts On Chomsky
May 14, 2015 • 10 min
Sam Harris reflects on his failure to have a productive conversation with Noam Chomsky.
#8 — Ask Me Anything 1
Apr 24, 2015 • 69 min
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.
#7 — Through the Eyes of a Cult
Mar 24, 2015 • 30 min
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.
#6 — The Chapel Hill Murders and ‘Militant’ Atheism
Feb 17, 2015 • 24 min
Sam Harris responds to the charge that “militant” atheism is responsible for the murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina.
#5 — After Charlie Hebdo and Other Thoughts
Jan 21, 2015 • 39 min
Sam Harris answers reader questions in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
#4 — The Path and the Goal: A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein
Oct 28, 2014 • 124 min
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Joseph Goldstein about the practice of meditation.
#3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One
Aug 21, 2014 • 86 min
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
#2 — Why Don’t I Criticize Israel?
Jul 27, 2014 • 16 min
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
#1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life
Jun 5, 2014 • 20 min
The full text of this essay can be read here: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/drugs-and-the-meaning-of-life
How to talk to a Christian
Nov 11, 2013 • 7 min
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
Looking for the Self (26 Minutes)
Sep 26, 2013 • 26 min
This is a 26-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.
Mindfulness Meditation (9 Minutes)
Sep 26, 2013 • 8 min
This is a 9-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.