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Making Sense with Sam Harris

Sam Harris

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Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books in...Show More
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1:07:00 | Feb 27th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Preet Bharara about President Trump and the Russia investigation.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:53:38 | Feb 19th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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...Show More
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1:53:30 | Mar 27th

In the episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Roger McNamee about his book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:07:01 | Nov 9th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 fun...Show More

2:14:17 | Aug 6th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at sam...Show More

2:17:15 | Jul 19th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Scott Adams debate the character and competence of President Trump. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:45:47 | Apr 14th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 su...Show More

2:11:06 | Jul 12th

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

1:53:49 | Dec 6th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 li...Show More

1:32:00 | Mar 4th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sally Satel about addiction. They discuss whether addiction should be considered a disease, the opiate epidemic in the U.S., the unique danger of fentanyl, the politicization of medi...Show More

1:26:10 | Feb 5th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jack Dorsey about how he manages his dual CEO roles at Square and Twitter, the role that Twitter plays in journalism, how it’s different from other social media, what makes a convers...Show More

2:28:30 | Dec 7th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Deeyah Khan about her groundbreaking films "Jihad" and "White Right." They discuss her history as a target of religious intolerance, her adventures with neo-Nazis and other white sup...Show More

1:40:12 | Nov 5th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Traister about her new book "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarri...Show More

1:19:50 | May 28th, 2018

In this episode the Making Sense 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...Show More

2:01:01 | Feb 9th, 2018

This episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense...Show More

2:07:28 | Feb 6th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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, co...Show More

2:08:16 | Dec 19th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

44:55 | Nov 29th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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...Show More

1:07:52 | Nov 15th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only ...Show More

52:39 | Jul 25th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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, Pr...Show More

2:17:40 | Apr 23rd, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book "The Bell Curve," the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise ...Show More

1:46:18 | Nov 13th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Johann Hari about his books "Chasing the Scream" and "Lost Connections." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

1:51:06 | May 1st, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks to Bart Ehrman about his experience of being a born-again Christian, his academic training in New Testament scholarship, his loss of faith, the most convincing argument in defense of Chri...Show More

2:05:46 | Apr 9th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ezra Klein, Editor-at-Large for Vox Media, about racism, identity politics, intellectual honesty, and the controversy over his podcast with Charles Murray (Making Sense #73).  You ca...Show More

2:20:45 | Mar 25th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 w...Show More

1:54:12 | Mar 19th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Goldstein and Max Tegmark about the foundations of human knowledge and morality. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org...Show More

2:17:57 | Mar 12th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 lo...Show More

3:05:03 | Jan 9th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anil Seth about the scientific study of consciousness, where consciousness emerges in nature, levels of consciousness, perception as a “controlled hallucination,” emotion, the experi...Show More

1:25:45 | Dec 28th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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...Show More

1:30:19 | Dec 14th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

2:02:19 | Oct 30th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Wright about his book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only co...Show More

1:39:06 | Oct 9th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and current threats to free speech. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.or...Show More

1:07:48 | Sep 21st, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only ...Show More

1:01:30 | Sep 15th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their latest film, The Vietnam War. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

2:04:19 | Sep 5th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 s...Show More

1:27:15 | Aug 21st, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 mean...Show More

1:38:14 | Aug 9th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

1:08:04 | Jul 21st, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Bowden about the problem of a nuclear-armed North Korea. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

2:04:13 | Jul 14th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 syst...Show More

1:45:18 | Jun 9th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 theocrac...Show More

1:15:29 | May 29th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Timothy Snyder about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/sub...Show More

1:47:17 | Nov 16th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with physicist David Deutsch about the foundations of knowledge, the moral landscape, possible futures for conscious beings, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and...Show More

1:35:16 | Oct 8th, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris discusses his views about guns and gun control in light of a recent mass shooting. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:32:25 | Sep 20th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kathleen Belew about the white power movement in the United States. They discuss white supremacy, white nationalism, white separatism, the militia movement, “The Turner Diaries,” the...Show More

1:27:34 | Sep 11th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Barbara Tversky about how our senses of space and motion underlie our capacity for thought. They discuss the evolution of mind prior to language, the importance of imitation and gest...Show More

41:18 | Aug 26th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris addresses listener concerns that he uses a "double standard" to evaluate the relative threats of white supremacy and jihadism. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-onl...Show More

1:04:00 | Aug 21st

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Matt McCarthy about his book "Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic." They discuss the problem of drug resistant bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses, and the failure of the pharmaceutical i...Show More

2:15:01 | Aug 14th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Caitlin Flanagan about her work as writer. They discuss controversies on social media, the contradictions within feminism, media bias, #MeToo, the new norms of sexuality, the wokeness of academia...Show More

1:53:59 | Aug 5th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Judea Pearl about his work on the mathematics of causality and artificial intelligence. They discuss how science has generally failed to understand causation, different levels of causal inference...Show More

1:20:25 | Jul 3rd

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Topol about the way artificial intelligence can improve medicine. They talk about soaring medical costs and declining health outcomes in the U.S., the problems of too little and...Show More

1:28:16 | Jun 24th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jared Diamond about the rise and fall of civilizations. They discuss political polarization, disparities in civilizational progress, the prospect that there may be biological differe...Show More

2:02:56 | Jun 17th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Michael Weiss and Yascha Mounk about the state of global politics. They discuss the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, the prospect that democracy could fail in the US, Trump’s political inst...Show More

1:12:12 | Jun 6th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with his wife, Annaka Harris, about her new book, "Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at sam...Show More

2:02:12 | May 30th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Adam Grant about the social science of the workplace. They discuss how teams work effectively, the nature of power, personality types and fundamental styles of interaction, the critical skill of ...Show More

1:17:02 | May 20th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Benjamin Wittes about both volumes of the Mueller Report. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:37:54 | May 13th

In the episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about his new book, "Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only contentatsamharris.org/subscri...Show More

2:01:36 | Apr 29th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Shane Parrish about some of the mental models that should guide our thinking and behavior. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

54:20 | Apr 25th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads from an issue of Dabiq, the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at sa...Show More

3:49:04 | Apr 15th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris introduces John Brockman's new anthology, "Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI," in conversation with three of its authors: George Dyson, Alison Gopnik, and Stuart Russell. You can support ...Show More

1:42:36 | Mar 18th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nick Bostrom about the problem of existential risk. They discuss public goods, moral illusions, the asymmetry between happiness and suffering, utilitarianism, "the vulnerable world h...Show More

2:01:58 | Mar 12th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Daniel Kahneman at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. They discuss the replication crisis in science, System 1 and System 2, where intuitions reliably fail, expert intuitions, the power of f...Show More

2:00:21 | Jan 28th

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Stephen Fry about comedy, atheism, political correctness, meditation, ambition, empathy, psychedelics, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen's experience of manic depression, and much else. ...Show More

1:38:58 | Jan 16th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Rushkoff about the state of the digital economy. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

1:20:20 | Jan 2nd

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Renee Diresta about Russia's "Internet Research Agency" and its efforts to amplify conspiracy thinking and partisan conflict in the United States. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and rec...Show More

2:54:06 | Dec 20th, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Peter Attia about meditation and the nature of mind. They discuss types of meditation, the difference between pain and suffering, the difference between joy and wellbeing, the half-life of negati...Show More

1:41:53 | Nov 21st, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Derren Brown about his work as a "psychological illusionist." They discuss the power of hypnosis, the power of expectations, the usefulness of Stoic philosophy, and other topics. You...Show More

1:07:05 | Oct 30th, 2018

Sam talks to the head of TED, Chris Anderson, about using reason to build our morality. Sam makes the case that reason can indeed answer moral questions, and then explores the many controversies that emerge from that claim. Moral superiority? Cultura...Show More

1:46:03 | Oct 17th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Matt Taibbi about the state journalism and the polarization of our politics. They discuss the controversy over Steve Bannon at the New Yorker Festival, monetizing the Trump phenomeno...Show More

1:42:35 | Oct 3rd, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris gets together with Bill Maher and Larry Charles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their film "Religulous." They discuss religion, politics, comedy, and other dangerous topics. You can support...Show More

10:25 | Sep 25th, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris introduces the Waking Up Course. More information can be found at WakingUp.com. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:55:48 | Sep 20th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revis...Show More

1:26:34 | Sep 10th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jonathan Haidt about his new book "The Coddling of the American Mind." They discuss the hostility to free speech that has grown more common among young adults, recent moral panics on...Show More

1:02:02 | Aug 30th, 2018

In this episode the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jaron Lanier about the economics, politics, and psychology of our digital lives. They discuss the insidious idea that information should be free, what we should want from an advanced ec...Show More

1:28:40 | Aug 20th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Martie Haselton about sex and gender, the role of hormones in human psychology, “Darwinian feminism,” the unique hormonal experience of women, transgenderism, the Google Memo, and ot...Show More

1:46:30 | Jul 29th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

1:04:25 | Jul 18th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ian Bremmer about the failure of globalism and rise of populism. They discuss immigration, trade, automation, wealth inequality, Trump, identity politics and other topics. You can su...Show More

1:07:36 | Jul 9th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Chris Voss about his experience as a hostage negotiator for the FBI. They discuss different types of hostage crises, along with many of the lessons that apply to negotiating in norma...Show More

1:22:27 | Jul 3rd, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Masha Gessen about Vladimir Putin, the problem of gauging public opinion in Russia, Trump's fondness for dictators, the challenges of immigration, comparisons between Christian and M...Show More

1:05:22 | Jun 19th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with presidential candidate Andrew Yang about "universal basic income" (UBI). They discuss the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, the arguments for and against UBI, and ...Show More

1:13:20 | Jun 12th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 r...Show More

2:36:37 | Jun 4th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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...Show More

2:01:34 | May 8th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 cultur...Show More

1:46:33 | Apr 21st, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sean Carroll about our understanding of reality. They discuss consciousness, the many worlds view of quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, free will, facts and values, and other topi...Show More

43:56 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

1:31:57 | Jan 29th, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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, th...Show More

2:14:15 | Jan 22nd, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

2:10:45 | Jan 2nd, 2018

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro about the breakdown of shared values, the problem with identity politics, religion, free will, the primacy of reason, and many other topics. You can su...Show More

1:49:11 | Dec 23rd, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Se...Show More

1:37:44 | Nov 20th, 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/su...Show More

1:17:34 | Oct 17th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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...Show More

1:47:58 | Oct 6th, 2017

This episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense...Show More

1:16:10 | Sep 28th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

1:52:24 | Sep 10th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 i...Show More

1:25:31 | Aug 29th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 de...Show More

2:20:44 | Aug 16th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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...Show More

1:28:22 | Jul 7th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about his book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org...Show More

1:39:31 | Jul 1st, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making...Show More

1:24:44 | Jun 23rd, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Isl...Show More

1:37:21 | Jun 15th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

56:56 | Jun 4th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making S...Show More

1:29:33 | May 26th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. ...Show More

1:41:33 | May 22nd, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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, pate...Show More

1:19:45 | May 18th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum and Juliette Kayyem about the unfolding Russia scandal in the White House. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.or...Show More

58:13 | May 12th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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, mindf...Show More

2:00:03 | May 6th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 o...Show More

38:22 | Apr 17th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 President...Show More

2:12:58 | Apr 10th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

1:21:14 | Mar 24th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 Making Sense podcast and receive subsc...Show More

1:20:08 | Mar 19th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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...Show More

1:49:47 | Mar 13th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson discuss science, religion, archetypes, mythology, and the perennial problem of finding meaning in life. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only c...Show More

1:04:19 | Mar 1st, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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...Show More

1:09:56 | Feb 20th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about the presidency of Donald Trump. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:26:35 | Feb 16th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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...Show More

1:46:03 | Jan 31st, 2017

In this episode the Making Sense 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. You can...Show More

2:15:38 | Jan 21st, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Jordan B. Peterson about freedom of speech and the nature of truth. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscri...Show More

2:05:51 | Jan 15th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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, th...Show More

1:23:10 | Jan 10th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 me...Show More

1:56:21 | Jan 5th, 2017

In this episode of the Making Sense 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, f...Show More

1:30:24 | Dec 27th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

1:33:36 | Dec 19th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You...Show More

2:19:33 | Dec 12th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Paul Bloom about empathy, meditation studies, morality, AI, Westworld, Donald Trump, free will, rationality, conspiracy thinking, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense p...Show More

2:36:16 | Dec 6th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You ...Show More

1:21:31 | Dec 1st, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can support the Making ...Show More

1:15:35 | Nov 24th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with computer scientist Stuart Russell about the challenge of building artificial intelligence that is compatible with human well-being. You can support the Making Sense podcast and recei...Show More

29:59 | Nov 10th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks about the results of the 2016 presidential election and the prospects of a President Trump. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/su...Show More

58:38 | Nov 2nd, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about Islamism, the migrant crisis in Europe, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscrib...Show More

2:17:48 | Oct 26th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Sullivan about the 2016 presidential election. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:57:22 | Oct 21st, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 i...Show More

1:48:00 | Oct 6th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gad Saad about political correctness, academic taboos, Islam, immigration, Donald Trump, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only conten...Show More

1:05:28 | Sep 28th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can support the Making Sens...Show More

1:20:28 | Sep 13th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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, an...Show More

2:10:08 | Aug 29th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Oxford philosopher William MacAskill about effective altruism, moral illusions, existential risk, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-on...Show More

48:30 | Aug 17th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads from the latest issue of "Dabiq," the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only con...Show More

2:06:14 | Aug 9th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to economist Glenn C. Loury about racism, police violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content...Show More

2:22:01 | Aug 1st, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can support the Making Sens...Show More

1:42:48 | Jul 12th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to biologist David Krakauer about information, complex systems, and the future of humanity. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/su...Show More

1:43:12 | Jul 4th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Daniel Dennett about free will. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:35:25 | Jun 15th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 terro...Show More

1:44:17 | May 31st, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 top...Show More

1:22:09 | May 2nd, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with a leading expert on homeland security about the war on terror, profiling, Islamism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at ...Show More

2:00:16 | Apr 25th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the first chapter of "The End of Faith." You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:44:07 | Apr 18th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You...Show More

58:11 | Mar 26th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can supp...Show More

3:30:49 | Mar 12th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to Omer Aziz about Islam, Islamism, free speech, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:31:16 | Mar 9th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can support the ...Show More

1:38:39 | Mar 6th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris briefly revisits the Apple-FBI controversy and then speaks with Michael Weiss about ISIS and the ongoing civil war in Syria.  You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only...Show More

1:59:40 | Feb 24th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 ...Show More

48:08 | Feb 20th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 p...Show More

1:10:15 | Feb 13th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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 top...Show More

1:44:52 | Jan 19th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with retired Navy SEAL and author, Jocko Willink. They discuss U.S. foreign policy, war, human evil, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only...Show More

1:43:18 | Jan 14th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can su...Show More

1:32:58 | Jan 4th, 2016

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can support the Making Sense Podcast a...Show More

1:09:45 | Dec 21st, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris introduces the audio edition of his book with Maajid Nawaz, "Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samha...Show More

1:52:46 | Dec 16th, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to physicist David Deutsch about the reach and power of human knowledge, the future of artificial intelligence, and the survival of civilization. You can support the Making Sense Podcast a...Show More

2:11:13 | Nov 22nd, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Douglas Murray about Islamism, liberalism, civil society, and the migrant crisis in Europe. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at sam...Show More

23:03 | Nov 15th, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reflects on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:25:52 | Sep 23rd, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark about the foundations of science, our current understanding of the universe, and the risks of future breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. You can sup...Show More

12:27 | Sep 16th, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris responds to misrepresentations of his views (again). You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:33:59 | Aug 26th, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom talk about Donald Trump, torture, trophy hunting, and other terrors. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:38:56 | Aug 11th, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense 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." You can support the Making...Show More

1:29:52 | Jul 29th, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about the limitations of empathy as a guide to moral reasoning. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/...Show More

1:10:22 | Jul 21st, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with the filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer about his remarkable documentaries, "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-o...Show More

1:13:45 | Jul 3rd, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.or...Show More

2:06:57 | Jun 27th, 2015

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

1:05:47 | May 19th, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris interviews biologist Jerry Coyne about his new book, "Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at ...Show More

10:42 | May 15th, 2015

Sam Harris reflects on his failure to have a productive conversation with Noam Chomsky. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

1:09:38 | Apr 24th, 2015

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

28:15 | Mar 25th, 2015

In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/s...Show More

24:21 | Feb 18th, 2015

Sam Harris responds to the charge that "militant" atheism is responsible for the murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

39:38 | Jan 22nd, 2015

Sam Harris answers reader questions in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

2:04:06 | Oct 28th, 2014

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Joseph Goldstein about the practice of meditation. You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.

1:27:11 | Aug 21st, 2014

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 You can support the Making Sense Podcast ...Show More

16:18 | Jul 27th, 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   You can su...Show More

07:50 | Nov 12th, 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

26:14 | Sep 26th, 2013

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

08:54 | Sep 26th, 2013

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