Fascinating topics, absolutely terrific guests, and a host who facilitates conversation fluidly and seamlessly a vast majority of the time. This is a model for what rational discourse should look like. Sam is more committed to productive discussion and honesty than any interlocutor I know of. He is a fearless and curious host, and the result is a fabulous listening experience.
Harris is a decent interviewer (sometimes) who has used his credentials over the past decade+ to lead an egoistic support group for pseudo-Atheists to comfort each other in the cold reality of Nihilism. Also, thereâs a strangely disproportionate number of guests who also happen to be men who self-identify as being âwhite,â for whatever that may be worth.
I love the scope of topics, debates, and controversial guests on this podcast, as well as Sam Harris' reasonable tone and thinking approach to all things. Among all the podcasts I listen to, this one is always the priority when a new episode appears.
A show for thinkers from any politcial corner. Sam treats his diverse guests with unfailing politeness and challenges both them and his listeners to really question our values, morals and reality. Keep up the great work.
The most thoughtful, thought-provoking -- and important -- conversations happening today.
Sam Harris is extremely intelligent and states his views with incredible logic and clarity. Very thought-provoking. I love this podcast.
Please please please more Jordan Peterson and yourself in any kind of dialogue ! You can talk about anything and itâs fun and very informational.
He keeps telling people race is indicative of intelligence, clearly throwing red meet to the racist listeners trying to make them feel above Africans and middle eastern by telling them they naturally have a higher âiqâ.
One of the few places you can find a genuine exploration of difficult questions discussed using thoughtful logic and reason. The listener is implicitly forced to think outside of their normal views thru fair and logical analysis. Im not thrilled at every topic of the podcast, but I do feel its important to emphasize the quality of these discussions. If you disagree with Sam (and there are times that I certainly do) there is no free lunch, meaning, youre presented with a list of ideas that will challenge your intellect thus rewarding you with a fair and welcome challenge to your views. If you are a one way anything, you will find these discussions boring, because no one can convince you of anything.
I just loved how he kept making these passive aggressive laughs in between answering. Said A LOT about him and his character, I think. He also kept putting off important and revealing questions about his viewpoint and I think he did so to come up with a response. He couldnât keep up and he has this entire conversation planned out. Seriously, thatâs all I kept thinking, Sam.
This is my number one podcast. Iâve learned so much on a variety of topics. Best place to hear an in-depth conversation.
is pretty great. just saying.
Harris frequently misses his own flaws but nevertheless one of the most thoughtful and intesting podcasta with a series of intellectuals worth hearing from.
So anyone who is religious is morally reprehensible? Does anyone else see the irony?
i donât think iâve ever listened to someone so robotic. You give off little indication you are listening to the person you are speaking with. Iâve listened to about 10 of your podcasts and regardless of whether i agree with you or not i sense so very little of you wanting to truly connect with your guests. honestly listen, without forming a rebuttal while they are speaking to you. of course you are book smart and your vocabulary is off the charts but Iâd rather be people smart any day. iâd rather have the skill of being able to put myself in othersâ shoes and see where they are coming from. There is no change without understanding and there is no understanding without empathy. I think your app should be called âwaking up to someone who so desperately desires to be right he canât see othersâ points of viewâ. Whether you are aware of it or not (perhaps too much academia and not enough real life experience) you come across soulless. Dear man, where is your soul?Whatâs up with so few women guests?
Love this podcast. Incidentally, please do not be derailed or influenced by trolls/bots and their âcriticismâ.
The aspect of the podcast that I find invaluable is the vast variety of intellectuals invited to the podcast to discuss their works and books. I love the deep and rational analyses Sam Harris delves into when discussing a particular topic without having to bow to some of the traditional conformist views of our time.
Sam is an island of rationality in a sea of misinformation and intellectual dishonesty. Truly inspiring.
Sam Harrisâ approach to reasoned thought gives me hope that humans can hold radically different opinions, yet treat one another respectfully in discussing those differences.
I absolutely loved following this episode. It was thrilling to hear two intelligent people strongly rooted in their beliefs doing their best to communicate to each other (and failing to do so). After hearing the entire 2 hours, I believe both have honest intentions (at least as far as they are both consciously aware). Throughout the podcast, I slowly got a sense that both Sam and Ezra were ultimately unable to understand what the other is really saying, which was tragic, because as I listened to them both, I found their arguments equally compelling. But in the end, they were talking about different issues. Ezra Klein is focused on the social implications for minorities if people with racially problematic views are allowed to voice their opinions. Essentially, he seems to believe their very existence necessarily poses a threat that must be challenged.Sam Harris, meanwhile, is approaching the debate by dealing with issues of intellectual honesty and free speech. He believes that people should be allowed to hold even racially problematic views, because to deny them the right to do so would be the first step down a slippery slope of thought policing. Harris isn't arguing that these views should inform public policy or that they are correct, even if that seems to be what Klein interprets from him.This is because Harris is unable to see that the way he expresses himself paints him in Ezra Klein's eyes as someone who potentially undermines minorities. If he recognized this (based on the behavior that Ezra criticizes him for), he might have had an opportunity to communicate more effectively with Ezra.I think at the end of the day, both of them believe that racially problematic views are indeed problematic, but they just differ in their approach to dealing with it.A good question to ask to get them on the same conversation would have been, "what do you think the role of Charles Murray is in our discussion of how public discussion of racially charged topics influences the wellbeing of actual racial minorities?"And maybe it would be helpful to actually get members of the minority into such a conversation. That's a valid point which Ezra brings up, and it would be good to see Sam Harris consider his suggestion.In the end, this debate illustrates how even highly intelligent people are often unable to come to an understanding on important social issues due to miscommunication. It was enlightening to hear it in action.
Such a great place to learn and gain interesting insights from an intelligent mind.
I feel enlightened more and more each time I listen to this podcast! I donât agree with all of Samâs viewpoints but I enjoy his particular worldview and hearing his analysis of many different ideas.
Way to go SamKeep it upThanks for having so many difficult conversations for the common goodPlease do not get demoralized and exhausted as so many do...I believe your work will stand the tests of timeSo much more to say...but I will leave it for another time...take breaks but please never stop your amazing, insightful, curious, courageous, open minded and incredibly valuable workAJMPsychiatrist and Neuroscience enthusiastBuddha and mindfulness supporter
Sam, thank you!
Identity and honesty episode completely revealed to me that no matter the education level some white people will see my political concerns as âidentity politicsâ I am African American (I donât know what part of the continent of Africa my familia ancestors originated, and my last name is not one of African heritage so I can only guess that my familyâs last name is indicative of ownership given from a long dead slave master) so I have worries about how the government legislated against black people (red lining, governmental reinforcement against the sale of housing to people of color in certain neighborhoods) we all know housing was the leading driver to American wealth and white people legislated us out of the equation, so excuse me if my identity is a problem for your politics but I have wasted way too many months listening to a sheep in wolves clothing
This guy is a racist and his podcast is a waste of time.
I came to this podcast through Harrisâ feud with Ezra Klein. I didnât know anything about Sam Harris and feel like I have no dog in fight, so I was surprised at how terribly Harris comes off in the podcast. Iâve never heard someone make so many backhanded comments towards people who disagree with him. Heâs either tone-deaf, or too stubborn to admit that maybe, just maybe, he has to reevaluate his opinion.
I really enjoyed the back-and-forth discussion on today's episode (#123 Identity and Honesty). I was surprised, though, that neither of you brought up the efficacy or method of administering the "Intelligence Quotient" test itself. It's an instrument of science, yes, but it may be flawed, and whatever it measures is not as precise as some think. The whole discussion was affected by the perceived weight and meaning of the idea of "IQ."
Sam is brilliant. Check this one out, especially if you crave deeper understanding of the world.
Sam Harris continues to inspire me to challenge my own thought and to do so with compassion and integrity. So glad to have this podcast!!
Iâm still waiting for a response.
Ive been a long time fan of this podcast and was eager to listen to the latest debate with Ezra. While I can express my empathy for what Ezra was arguing for and his point of view, I was deeply disappointed in his avoidance to the core of the debate. Scientific discovery and political implications of the data can and should be separate. Like Sam, I share very similar political views with Ezra, but again, deeply disappointed by his arrogance to admit he was on the wrong in this debate.
Sam and I donât necessarily agree on everything, but he has meaningful deep conversations. Pints of views Iâve never taken the time to understand. I love that about this podcast! Keeps challenging my thought process and my beliefs in life. Thank you!
All of the episodes are good, some of them great, but the Ezra Klein one was one best (almost) two hours I have ever spent listening to (somewhat) opposing views. I hope these guys can see it through to continue the dialogue, either on this podcast or another forum.
Sam Harris reminds me of Bill Maher. Both are convinced they are always right and anyone who disagrees with them is biased or stupid. You wonât learn anything from this show other than Harrisâs personal opinion on everything and why everyone else is out to get him. Heâs a bit of a bully.
Best podcast. Interesting and current topics.
This review may be a bit longer than most care to read through, but for those who do:Iâve been a fan of Samâs for years. As an undergrad who majored in Philosophy and Religion heâs someone who I have had the pleasure of listening to and reading for almost a decade now. If you are looking for well reasoned and objective conversation to pass the time, look no further.Although Sam has been maligned in the recent past an attentive and sincere look (or in this case listen) to his work will help you see passed the smear campaigns that have been waged against him. Logic and reason are necessary more than most are willing to admit when discussing some of the worldâs most pressing issues. Seemingly cold and calculated usage of our ability to think deeply and openly about the political and social climate we are now living in is something we can all improve upon. Listening to this podcast has helped me do just that. It can help you do the same.For those who are attracted to Samâs work because of his connection to meditation and spirituality sans religion, you will get what you are looking for as well. Hereâs to a future where these types of discussions become more and more main stream.
Sam Harris is one of many atheists that was able to pull me from the depths of religion. I am eternally grateful for his work along with other rational minds. He is a powerful voice of reasoned discourse in this word so addled by identity politics and the more people who actually listen to his message the better.
Sam Harris is the most brilliant, thought-provoking, honest, humble and most compassionate scientist, author and human being whom I am privileged to listen to every week. Keep up the good work!
Excellent guests and wonderful discussions
Interesting, but not gripping. Some topics and guests grab your attention but long 2 hour episodes could be 1 hour if he was more concise.
Sam Harris is a true liberal, enlightenment thinker. His guests and conversations are interesting and thought provoking.
Who the hell is complaining about live events on the podcast? Those were some of my favorites!
Intelligent and articulate, Sam Harris is attempting to reintroduce audiences to the benefits of open conversation and the honest assessment of ideas. He is superbly adept at avoiding moral panics and simply approaches ideas with objectivity. I for one have learned a lot about controlling my own biases when I listen to opposing ideas and conversations. So appreciative for this podcast!
Thanks for all you do to keep truth at the center of conversation.
I listened to your podcast with Murray. I support you both. I think the topic was handled very well, so far as I can tell.I applaud your attempt to set the record straight.