As someone who has been grappling with spirituality vs religion, I am so happy to have stumbled upon this podcast. Found it by chance because another podcaster (thanks, Simplify!) recommended it in passing on one of their episodes. Iâve always heard about Sam Harris but havenât had a chance before now to delve into his work. This podcast is incredible. I love the conversations he has with other people. I love how much Iâm learning. And more importantly, Iâm loving how I can begin to articulate my own feelings toward religion while still feeling grounded in my spirituality and consciousness. I love geeking out about his topics and Iâm excited to go through the entire episode catalog. Thank you, Dr. Harris. Your voice is so important.
Great interviews. Wonderful for the mind. Brilliant host.
Closest anyone has come to being infallible. Well done.
This is one of my favorite podcasts. I have changed jobs recently and I donât get to listen to as many podcasts as before, but this is one that I donât miss. Sam is one of the most logically open minded people on the planet. He can make even the most complicated of topics easily digestible and entertaining. His guests are always smart and insightful.
Sam Harrisâ podcast has many qualities: thoughtful content, excellent (for the most part) audio, abundance of material. The greatest quality, however, has to be the respect with which Sam conducts himself. As a listener and reader of his work, I feel respected. Samâs style of interviewing exudes respect for his guests, even when they disagree. I listen to the podcast both for the subject matter and to learn the art of respectful listening and arguing.
You guys this podcast is great. Fantastic. Please do yourself and humanity a favor and give it a listen ð
One of the first mediums other than books Iâve felt that is important to support. Such a great way to spend my morning.
Sam Harris is one of the most important thinkers of our time. Ph. D, author and host. He interviews todayâs leading minds in various fields, having in-depth conversations about important topics that most people shy away from. A rational thinker in todayâs violent sea of mediocrity.
On the upside you can use this podcast to fall asleep
Mind blowing podcast. Love the guests. I am not a trump supporter but he does talk a little bit too much about trump. Other than that, all the amazing topics and science stuff is a must. This is an amazingly well put together podcast and Sam almost always asks the questions that I want to hear next from guests. He comes up with amazing introductions and is just a great host. Wow!
Unfortunately his points are emotionally burnt into his psyche which prevents him from accepting any other world view other than his own. He takes arguments into macro wonkery land in order to make a point regardless of whether or not itâs in the best nature of the topic or not because he has to be right. Iâve listened to several episodes and I was very disappointed.
Sam Harris is a genius.
Well thought out positions on interesting topics with the great minds of our time. You will feel smarter and simultainiously less smart with each episode as you are illumminated by ideas that you had not concieved that are well supported and researched...
This show is not bad because Sam Harris is a bigot (he isn't) or that he's making illogical arguements (he doesn't), the reason the show is bad is because Sam is about as charasmatic as a wet rag. I find the conversations interesting for the most part, but his deadpan manner of speech, which is devoid of any emotion, is pure torture. It's like listening to a computerized voice that sounds like its afraid of offending someone or coming across aggressive in any way. Grow a pair of nutz Sam and project your voice a little! You sound like a depressed Ben Stein with a mouth full of cotton!
Refreshing to have an articulate voice of reason to cut through all the confusion we face in this life. While I truly miss the pure passion of Hitch, I feel Sam Harris adds another level of reason in his conversations on a wide variety of topics with a diverse group of people. No matter the topic, there is always a great deal to be learned about the world...Sam and his guests are able to do this together. What a great listen, thanks!
Sam Harris has a hell of a mind. Itâs fascinating listening to it here as he dives into all sorts of interesting stuff.
While it is atheist based, Harris also touches on other topics involving the human species. I find myself reading books of many of the guests he has on and growing because of the material.
Sam has some good guests but his self important tone can detract from what he says. He's a less lucid Jordan Peterson.
I sometimes can't believe this podcast even exists. Not every interview is profound but the ones that are have actually changed my thinking. The highs on this show are just so much higher than anything else around.
This is genuine intelligent conversations not guardrailed by advertisers. Great stuff.
This is one of the few podcasts in which I listen to every episode. I appreciate Sam's rational approach to hot-button issues.
Sam Harris is a fascinating guy who has mastered the art of great conversation. Always interesting guests. Well worth your time.
I don't agree with everything Sam and his guests have to say but I love the way the show is put together and how Sam is super thoughtful in his approach and intent in it all.
Would be great if he didnât have to cry about Trump in every episode. He is no doubt a smart listen, but also full of himself.
When Sam speaks of free will, he makes two continual mistakes which make me wonder where the errors are in the rest of what he says:1 - He asserts bio-chemical causes are necesssary causes for human actions but only proves they are sufficient causes. This undermines any 'proof' he may have.2 - He speaks as if he is an agent, but basically says we are not. If we are not agents but complex biochemical reactions, then the words used to communicate should reflect that concept.
Itâs great. Heâs one of the smartest men out there.
Great podcast, Sam offers a great scope of life, moreover he enables anIntroverted person like myself the ability to go out and have meaningful non judgmental conversations with other people.Like necessary daily meal,Thanks Sam.
I am an atheist, but I religiously listen to Sam Harris and his teachings.
Not only is it consistently entertaining, it is very educational and informational.
Thought provoking POD - great work!
This podcast is a case study in articulate conversation about difficult subjects. Sam and his guests are able to navigate topics that require more than just a single pass to truly evaluate. It is a must listen.
Time and time again Sam Harris confuses his inability to understand as he being right. His interlocutor, always, without fail, is told that he/she cannot understand Harris when itâs inevitably the reverse. Incredibly annoying to listen to. Even his voice and delivery ooze smug. When a pseudo-intellectual/scientist is given a platform.
...for my brain. Not only the breadth of topics, but the way in which they are discussed, has made a marked difference in my day-to-day experience. My contexts are broadened and my patience to softly drill into ideas from a variety of perspectives are rewarding. Crudely stated, I often "feel smarter" after a listen!
Since discovering Sam Harris, thanks to a TED podcast of a month ago, I have devoured all of his podcasts, starting from the oldest available, as well as purchased a few books. The reason I am so taken by his message is that-presumably thanks to his interest in meditation-he is the most devoid of ego and least prey to logical fallacies have any voice out there that I know of. He has offered facts and insight into many areas that I have been dissatisfied with the mainstream media over, including jihadism, the Christian right, global warming, and other subjects that those with an agenda seem to fail spectacularly at intelligently covering.That is not to say that I find no fault with his perspectives. It is saddening to see him mock other people for âbeing mind readersâ when he seems to have no trouble determining when people âare knowingly lyingâ or are âhypocritesâ. And his non-scientific pontificating on the nonexistence of free will is almost a religion with him. But we allow those we love their quirks, and it is impossible not to love to listen to such generous helpings of reason, thoughtfulness, and humanity all in one human. It will give you hope for our species, especially in this post-Trump era!
Remarkable on all aspects: people interviewed, format and content
The only thing I found missing in the thinking about altering genetics is a lack is systems thinking... unknown emergent properties arising from a tweaked system. For example, in some studies in mice in raising intelligence, schizophrenia like symptoms emerged. Also long term thinking.. putting off governing n regulation on the probable capabilities 20 yrs out. Overall, excellent podcast. Touched on long standing ethical issues. Itâd be great to have more podcasts on emerging techs.
I very much appreciate the honest, candid and intellectual conversations you have. The world would be a better place if we all put so much thought into our thoughts.
I really enjoy listening to Sam and his guests. It makes me feel balanced out intellectually, because his content makes me use my mind and consider different things.
Sam Harris is amazing, he explains things so clearly and at a pace that most people can understand. I can't say just how much I love Sam Harris and just how much he's help expand my mind on so many critical topics. Truly an amazing individual, he's aware that he's not without faults but ultimately we all are and he recognizes that. Just about everyone I point towards Sam's podcasts end up loving him. Waking Up is BY FAR MY FAVORITE PODCAST! I donate to him monthly because I enjoy the podcasts so much. I actually felt guilty listening to them for free because I get so much intellectual stimulation/enjoyment from them that I had to start donating in order to mitigate my guilt and to help him make more!!!
'Walking up' makes being a human being in this day and age so worthwhile! If there's any meaning to being alive, being able to listen and think (with Sam Harris's guide) is it!Thank you Dr. Harris!!!!
This podcast has had an enormous impact on my every day decisions! It's mind-boggling that this content is offered for free.
Thoughtful and provocative. Stimulating and honest. One of the best podcasts on the web.
Thanks so much for the important work you do: interesting topics and guests approached with civility and reason. Amen! ;-)
I appreciate this for its high quality thought provoking content. All the best Sam!
There are times I could do without the strident atheism but, overall, this is the most thought provoking podcast I have ever come across. I feel better informed every time I listen.
You donât have to agree with him, but this brand of clear and thoughtful discourse is invigorating. I happen to agree with almost everything he says as well.
This is meant for college students who want something that SOUNDS like it makes sense and is simple enough to leave an impression.Sam's 'clarity' or 'honesty' is similar to that of Donald Trump; he sounds like he is 'saying it as it is' because he has misinterpreted and over-simplified the issue to a ridiculous degree. There are academics out their who have spent years researching a subject who would cringe at his agenda-fueled portrayal of it.Sam reads an ISIS propaganda magazine and pretends that it contains the true reason behind their actions. He then tells his listeners to stop thinking for themselves, and just trust how honest ISIS is in their message. He then compares a terrorist organization who is known for it's incredible propaganda tactics to medical students in a painfully stupid analogy. Medical students don't have political agendas. Medical students aren't trying to grab land resources and governmental power. Sam Harris has a track record of laughably one-sided views, such as once claiming that America really was a 'well-intentioned giant' and a force of stability. He might as well have erased a century of failed, malicious foreign policy and transparently imperialistic activities from the history books. As far as I'm concerned, he is not a scholar or a philosopher; he is merely another non-academic shill, with the distinction of being atheist, so as to take the open minds of non-theists and narrow them down to another fallacious world view based on flimsy logic.Also, it kinda gives me cult vibes with the title and his bizarrely devoted fanbase... its so easy to latch on to some voice that validates your prejudices rather than go and read and learn on your own.