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September 20, 2019
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 connection between the white power movement and war, the significance of Ruby Ridge and Waco, the Christian Identity movement, the significance of “leaderless resistance,” the failures of the justice system in prosecuting white power crimes, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
September 11, 2019
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 gesture, the sensory and motor homunculi, the information communicated by motion, the role of “mirror neurons,” sense of direction, natural and unnatural categories, cognitive trade-offs, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
August 26, 2019
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-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
August 21, 2019
In this episode of the Making Sense 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 industry to keep pace with evolution. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
August 14, 2019
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Caitlin Flanagan about her work as a writer. They discuss controversies on social media, the contradictions within feminism, media bias, #MeToo, the new norms of sexuality, the wokeness of academia, affirmative action, college admissions, HR departments, sexual harassment, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
August 5, 2019
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, counterfactuals, the foundations of knowledge, the nature of possibility, the illusion of free will, artificial intelligence, the nature of consciousness, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
July 12, 2019
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 topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
July 3, 2019
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 too much medicine, the culture of medicine, the travesty of electronic health records, the current status of AI in medicine, the promise of further breakthroughs, possible downsides of relying on AI in medicine, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
June 24, 2019
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 differences between populations, the precariousness of democracy in the US, the lack of a strong political center, immigration policy, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
June 17, 2019
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 instincts, the political liability of “wokeness,” the Left’s failure to re-think its support of Chavez, the dangers of political polarization, the attractions of extreme partisanship, cancel culture, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
June 6, 2019
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 samharris.org/subscribe.
May 30, 2019
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 saying “no,” creativity, resilience, the strange case of Jonas Salk, the nature of mindfulness, the power of cognitive reappraisal, reflections on mortality, the replication crisis in social science, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
May 20, 2019
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.
May 13, 2019
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/subscribe.
April 29, 2019
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.
April 25, 2019
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 samharris.org/subscribe.
April 15, 2019
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 the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
March 27, 2019
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.
March 18, 2019
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 hypothesis," the history of nuclear deterrence, the possible need for "turnkey totalitarianism," whether we're living in a computer simulation, the Doomsday Argument, the implications of extraterrestrial life, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
March 12, 2019
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 framing, moral illusions, anticipated regret, the asymmetry between threats and opportunities, the utility of worrying, removing obstacles to wanted behaviors, the remembering self vs the experiencing self, improving the quality of gossip, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
March 4, 2019
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 medicine, PTSD, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
February 5, 2019
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 conversation healthy, the logic by which Twitter suspends people, the argument for kicking Trump off the platform, Jack’s practice of meditation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
January 28, 2019
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. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
January 16, 2019
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.
January 2, 2019
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 receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
December 20, 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 negative emotions, thinking and dreaming, the power of culture, the power of language, letting go of anger, MDMA, loving one's enemies, moral luck, the ethics of lying, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
December 7, 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 supremacists, the similarities between extremist groups, the dangers of political correctness, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
November 21, 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 can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
November 13, 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.
November 5, 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 SamHarris.org/subscribe.
October 30, 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? Cultural superiority? Moral progress? Chris and Sam dig in to discuss the right ways to think about defining right from wrong, and reason’s role in it all. This is an episode of The TED Interview, a new podcast from TED. It's available wherever you get your podcasts. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
October 17, 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 phenomenon, the Jamal Kashoggi murder, the Kavanaugh hearing, the Rolling Stone reporting on the UVA rape case, the viability of a political center, the 2020 Presidential election, the Russia investigation, our vanishing attention span, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
October 3, 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 the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
September 25, 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.
September 20, 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 revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
September 10, 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 campus, the role of intentions in ethical life, the economy of prestige in “call out” culture, how we should define bigotry, systemic racism, the paradox of progress, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
August 30, 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 economy, the role of advertising, libertarianism in Silicon Valley, the problems with social media, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
August 20, 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 other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
July 29, 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.
July 18, 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 support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
July 9, 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 normal life. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
July 3, 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 Muslim intolerance, "fake news" and the health of journalism, the #MeToo movement, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
June 19, 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 other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
June 12, 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 recent years, medical uncertainty, risk perception, vaccine safety, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
June 4, 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 engineering, gender differences and the “Google memo,” moral psychology, existential risk, AI, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
May 28, 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 people,” the relationship between thinking and mental suffering, the differences between psychedelics and meditation, the non-duality of consciousness, the brain’s “default mode network,” their experiences with various psychedelics, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
May 8, 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 culture, collective responsibility and collective punishment, retributive vs restorative justice, the ethics of forgiveness and redemption, #metoo, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
May 1, 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 Christianity, the status of miracles, the composition of the New Testament, the resurrection of Jesus, the nature of heaven and hell, the book of Revelation, the End Times, self-contradictions in the Bible, the concept of a messiah, whether Jesus actually existed, Christianity as a cult of human sacrifice, the conversion of Constantine, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
April 21, 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 topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
April 9, 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 can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
April 3, 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 the podcast. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
March 25, 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 white supremacy, the alt-Right, Russian support for white supremacy in the US, “fake news”, the significance of Charlottesville, the SPLC, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
March 19, 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/subscribe.
March 12, 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 logic of conversation, social status, signaling and counter-signaling, common knowledge, AI, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.  
February 27, 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.
February 19, 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 century and the 21st, the role of social media in the 2016 Presidential election, the influence of advertising on the public sphere, Trump, the Russian investigation, Islamic extremism, counterfactuals, what would have happened if Clinton had won the presidency, immigration in Europe, conspiracy theories, capitalism, globalization, communism, wealth inequality, universal basic income, Henry Kissinger, the prospect of a US war with China, cyberwar, and other topics.  You support the Making Sense podcast at SamHarris.org/subscribe.   
February 9, 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 podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
February 6, 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, conscious AI, coordination problems, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
January 29, 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, the primacy of consciousness, the nature of time, free will, the self, meditation, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
January 22, 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 opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, religion, what a healthy politics might look like, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
January 9, 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 experience of “pure consciousness,” consciousness as “integrated information,” measures of “brain complexity,” psychedelics, different aspects of the “self,” conscious AI, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
January 2, 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 support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
December 28, 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 of introspection in eastern and western cultures, the recent collaboration between Buddhism and western science, the difference between altered states and altered traits, an alternate conception of mental health, “meta-awareness,” the relationship between mindfulness and “flow,” the difference between pain and suffering, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
December 23, 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 Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
December 19, 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 truth,” religion and “group selection,” equality, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
December 14, 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 expertise in politics, conspiracy thinking, North Korea, Trump, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
December 6, 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 limits and paradoxes of introspection, the “experience machine” thought experiment, population ethics, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
November 29, 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 of changing the human genome, the importance of curiosity-driven science, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
November 20, 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/subscribe.
November 15, 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 content at samharris.org/subscribe.
November 9, 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 fundamentalism, the unique history of American religious entrepreneurship, the Trump phenomenon, the effect of fame on politics, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
October 30, 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 content at samharris.org/subscribe.
October 17, 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 and identity politics, virtuous extremism, the wisdom of crowds, direct democracy, the limits of free speech, the process of Presidential impeachment, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
October 9, 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.org/subscribe.
October 6, 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 podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
September 28, 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 topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
September 21, 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 content at samharris.org/subscribe.
September 15, 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.
September 10, 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 in science, the ethics of building conscious AI, the self as an hallucination, how we identify with our thoughts, attention as the root of the feeling of self, the place of Eastern philosophy in Western science, and the limitations of secular humanism. You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.
September 5, 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 sea-level rise and desertification, the best and worst case scenarios, the Paris Climate Agreement, the politics surrounding climate science, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
August 29, 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 definition of life, the substrate independence of minds, the relevance and irrelevance of consciousness for the future of AI, near-term breakthroughs in AI, and other topics.   You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
August 21, 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 meaning in a secular world, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
August 16, 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, Buddhism, the illusion of the self, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
August 9, 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 free will, justice and vengeance, brain-machine interface, religion, drugs, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe. 
August 6, 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 samharris.org/subscribe.
July 25, 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, President Trump, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
July 21, 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.
July 19, 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.
July 14, 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 systems, the importance of cities, the necessity for continuous innovation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
July 7, 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/subscribe.  
July 1, 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 Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
June 23, 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 Islam and intolerance, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
June 15, 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 organization, the roles of Jesus and the Anti-Christ in Islamic prophecy, free speech and the ongoing threat of jihadism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
June 9, 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 theocracy, immigration, the prospects of reforming Islam, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
June 4, 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 Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
May 29, 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/subscribe.
May 26, 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. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
May 22, 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, patent issues in genetic research, controversies about race and intelligence, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
May 18, 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.org/subscribe.
May 12, 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, mindfulness and parenting, his experience of going back to school after a long break, transgenderism, increasing one’s vocabulary, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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