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Making Sense with Sam Harris

Author: 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 include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.

Harris's work has been published in more than 20 languages and has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere.

Sam Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.
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Kel Evans

Sam. Im hoping with the transition to making sense , that you can begin to let go your insistence to keep wading into the islamic quagmire of duality, and trying to Houdini yourself out of the straitjacket that is political correctness. I persevere hoping that you will at some point return to your potential to put forth answers. which when I heard you state that you were uniquely poised to combine Science and Buddhist concepts. ( apologies for the lazy paraphrase). I immediately became a student of yours. But I'm slipping away . With respect. 're.focus......

Feb 15th
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mbeatson09

Music is awesome Sam. Much improved from previous doomsday intro

Feb 15th
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Felipe Fernandez

nice

Feb 15th
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Smaranda Sirbu

Healthy conversation, values, transparency, public interest blah blah blaah - 54:18 "What we dodo" ahahaha

Feb 13th
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Kevin Dyer

The internet has generally degraded the value of expertise, not merely that of journalists. The spread of information has made many think they comprehend all of that information; you can see this in threads where medical or legal advice is sought from the internet, rather than a professional. This is compounded by anonymity and the low barrier to sharing one's opinion online. Platforms could do a lot more to promote thoughtful discussion, but only those interested in such discussion will stay. The solution, I think, can't be limited to the platforms. The people must change as well.

Feb 12th
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JJ Todilinus

Basic problem here is one of honesty. It's not about capitalism or anything else - it's about permitting false ideas to exist. Consider the idea that women are in every way the same as men. I mean that is an insane idea. People want to live in fantasies that make them feel good and it's all emotions. Parents don't want children to be hurt so they lie. "You can be anything you want." No you can't!!! what an idiotic thing to say. Someone with a disability cannot become an astronaut. Instead of making peace with life and reality, delusional people find others who suffer from same delusions, team up and pass laws that forces everyone else to pretend to believe what they know is false. that is every religion, that is feminism, that is every movement that is based on emotions rather than reason. the idea that I have to lie out loud, publicly lie about seeing what I know is a man pretending to be a woman and I have to call him a woman.. or lose my job! and for what? hurt feelings. journalism is paying the well deserved price of being PC authoritarian hacks and espousing falsehoods and lies to virtue signal how much they care about others. bullshit. even this guy's book is designed to make money - he wouldn't publish it otherwise.

Feb 11th
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JJ Todilinus

This was funny! The part where he talks about journalists getting paid to ignore neoliberalism - while appearing on Sam Harris' podcast - the voice of neoliberalism.

Feb 11th
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Ethan S

STEPHEN FRY, STOP MUMBLING, I WANT TO HEAR YOUR BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND INTELLIGENT WORDS

Feb 10th
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Stanley Min

"ooooh, daddy's getting angry" 😂

Feb 8th
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Pedro Gonçalves

Everyone on Twitter should listen to this podcast. Maybe even people who are not on Twitter.

Feb 8th
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Gabo

Starts at 13:21

Feb 7th
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Brian J Burke

Thanks for the questions Sam. I initially thought you were going to give him an easy pass but you took the questions to him. Jack is a dodgy interviewee and skated around a lot of the important issues. The 'marginalized' excuse is well intentioned but often misused by some within this community and twitter does not address this at all. I am often disappointed at how meditation proponents like Jack seem no better or aware than the rest of us who do not.

Feb 6th
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Woody Johnson

Had to abort. Mr. Fry's voice modulates from a thick British Churchillisque roar to a barely audible whisper in the same sentence. Too bad, I would have enjoyed his comments.

Feb 6th
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Joseph Madden

wow Twitter have great customer service. straight to the source for SH.

Feb 6th
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Caitlin Erbacher

Reverse racism doesn't exist. Institutional racism and sexism are backed up by structural inequality, and based on the belief that women and people of colour are inferior and deserve subjugation, or even extermination. Hating or resenting white men because of their complicity in your oppression is not the same thing, even if it is often misdirected at white men who are not actively racist or secist. Being called a racist is not the same as experiencing actual racism. Being accused of rape is not as traumatic as actually being raped. To equate the anger of marginalised people with the loathing of the ruling classes towards their perceived inferiors is morally untenable.

Feb 5th
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Paul Whitman

Caitlin Erbacher Social Structures are not living or thinking things. Structures can not be racist. Only people can be racist. To lay blame individual people for their "complicity" in a system of oppression, regardless of their individual racism/sexism, and based solely on their belonging to a group/race/sex that one falsly considers "oppressors" is what is morally untenable. Plainly, that is racism.

Feb 15th
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Sam Harris and Brian Cox two intelligent dumbos

Feb 5th
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Adam Dobrowolski

hahahahhahaha

Feb 5th
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Cunicularius 639

Oh shit

Feb 5th
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Cunicularius 639

Cunicularius 639 Well, i think that was better than Rogan.

Feb 5th
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Adam Itinerant

Audio is fine, tho I can believe those aristocratic accents are hard to tune into. Kinda turns me off.

Feb 3rd
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Kyle Thomas Hill

Not sure why people can't hear him. Maybe watch a bit of Jeeves and Wooster first to warm up?

Feb 2nd
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