Jonathan Haidt – The Coddling of the American Mind

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 9 September 2018 | 1h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about the ideas in his book “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Covers hostility to free speech, recent moral panics on campus, the role of intentions in ethical life, the economics of prestige in “call out” culture, bigotry, systemic racism and the paradox of progress.

The Edge of Humanity

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 19 September 2018 | 2h 06m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Yuval Noah Harari about his book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” Discusses the importance of meditation, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilisation, threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism and the implications of AI and automation.

Jaron Lanier on Digital Humanism

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 29 August 2018 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Jaron Lanier about the economics, politics, and psychology of our digital lives. Discusses the insidiousness of the notion that information should be free, what we should want from an advanced economy, the role of advertising, libertarianism in Silicon Valley, and why to abstain from social media.

Beyond the Politics of Race

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 29 July 2018 | 1h 56m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics. Challenges progressive instincts with thoughtful, nuanced thinking, grounded in data.

Universal Basic Income

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 19 June 2018 | 1h 08m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Yang, author of “The War on Normal People,” about universal basic income (UBI). Discusses the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, and thoroughly canvases the arguments for and against UBI.

Freedom from the Known

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 28 May 2018 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Michael Pollan about his new book “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.” Covers 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.