Making Sense with Sam Harris

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Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and five-time New York Times best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the mind, society, current events, moral philosophy, religion, and rationality—with an overarching focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.

Sam is also the creator of the Waking Up app. Combining Sam’s decades of mindfulness practice, profound wisdom from varied philosophical and contemplative traditions, and a commitment to a secular, scientific worldview, Waking Up is a resource for anyone interested in living a more examined, fulfilling life—and a new operating system for the mind.

Waking Up offers free subscriptions to anyone who can’t afford one, and donates a minimum of 10% of profits to the most effective charities around the world. To learn more, please go to

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

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  • hfdjksdf
    Gone Downhill
    Used to love Sam, idk what happened but his content just doesn't hit like it used to.
  • Pluto22G
    Debate Brett
    Sam, you are a coward. You disparage Brett Weinstein and others who are now clearly vindicated for their stance on the vaccines. You are either too afraid to admit you were/are wrong, or too vain to imagine you can ever be so terribly wrong. I used to listen to your podcast, never again. What a waste of time.
  • new x user
    The best
    One of the best!
  • Muthahumpa
    ONLY podcast I actually pay for
    This is the greatest podcast ever for intelligent, deep thinkers. I LOVE how Sam Harris completely disregards political loyalties and goes for the jugular of any flawed argument, left or right. Simply brilliant. This podcast is a bright light in the darkness.
  • MaxHealthPoints Coaching
    How can someone so wrong, so often, be so sanctimonious?
    This guy was so consistently wrong about every covid policy decision for years and is now taking a victory lap. A coward and a shill.
  • maydayreese
    I ♥️ Sam 🤣
    This full idiocy on plain display makes me feel better about myself. Thanks Sam, five stars for your podcast. Love it!
  • PowderHoundColorado
    Sam in decline
    Sam has had some great podcasts. One in particular that stands out was his podcast after the George Floyd killing. Unfortunately both Trump and Covid seemed to send him off the rails. He has a terrible case of TDS and acted like a supreme fool during covid. He owes Bret Weinstein an apology for acting as though Bret was a dangerous spreader of misinformation. When in fact Bret was hitting closer to the truth then Sam was. His greatest weakness is his inability to have conversations with people who will challenge his own ideas.
  • xXxSCORPxXx
    Color me confused.
    Sam is out of his depth when debating functioning intellectuals. Sam presents a seemingly formidable smokescreen by way of verbosity but the core of his arguments lie all too often in amateurish straw man tactics coupled with sardonic quips. Sam’s listeners (by his own admission) were left with the unfortunate question of whether Sam’s increasingly confused noises were the result of him being either disingenuous or his being simply muddleheaded.. Map onto that a histrionic Trump obsession and a zealous embrace of censorship.
  • Stewart the crocodile
    I have paid but can’t listen to full podcast,I am not recognized as a subscriber
  • xgbjk
    Brought to you by Pfizer.
  • Stlblues10
    Sam Harris was interesting when he first came on the podcasting scene.didn’t agree with everything but that’s ok,that’s what makes it interesting. I like to listen to people that could change my mind. Now…. He is obviously the dumbest intellectual out there. No way he survives outside his little bubble of academia.0 common sense ,0 intellectual honesty.
  • prplvkng
    Sad to see what became of one of my favorite podcasts and authors
    For many years I followed Sam Harris, bought many of his books, and listened to his lectures and podcasts. I was a big fan and recommended him to a lot of people. But since the era of Trump and Covid he has become increasingly narrow minded in his opinions and perspectives. I am by no means a Trump fan either. However some of his statements over the past couple of years have made me lose a lot of respect for a man I really admired. I really appreciated his insights and wisdom and really hoped he would get a grip and eventually get back to something reassembling the open minded, insightful man he was. But I finally had to throw in the towel. I’m sure there’s an audience for all the Trump bashing and Covid hysterics but that’s not why I listened to Sam. Fairly sure I’m not the only person who feels this way.
  • Mr.Krobs
    Huge fan of Making Sense
    I’ve only been listening for about a year and hadn’t known Sam Harris beforehand, but this is a solid listen and he’s a reasonable and highly intelligent guy. Thank you Sam for putting in so much thought and passion into this show. Even outside of the guests, his portion up top is so well worded and smart, really is a fantastic listen.
  • Jstrz99
    Best Podcast Around
    Rational, insightful and interesting. Nothing beat Sam Harris.
  • Bunny Cub
    Foundations of ethics?
    Is Sam teaching philosophy during the summer session at Yale Extention next?
  • Momsthatcare2
    Leftist … progressive.. wokester
    You are not in touch with our nation … You are the liar and the least moral person on a podcast. Sam you need to just realize you are only talking to about 25% of our nation. Seriously, your evil and one sided approach to saving your butt… is getting noticed. I am on the right and used to listen to you. I am done, you are just such a hypocrite.
  • BLJSchoolPsych
    This Podcast Saved Me
    In the middle of the worst depressive episode of my life, I found this Podcast. I’ve now read all of Sam’s books and subscribe to this Podcast and Waking Up. I feel that Sam is genuine, honest, thoughtful and compassionate. He also has a reasonable and intelligent mind. I love his broad choices in Podcast guests and generally feel that he presents things in a balanced fashion. Back to saving me- Sam led me down a path of discovery during a time when I felt incredibly alone in the world. I’ll support him as long as I can!
  • forEmmett
    A critique re: Rogan
    I really respect and admire Harris but his friendship with Rogan, I feel, might be dulling his objectivity to a significant degree. Rogan has had on his show Alex Jones not once, not twice, three times. He has given an insane lunatic who insists the Sandy Hook murders were a left wing hoax a gigantic platform. You couldn’t have a more lie mongering guest on a show than Jones. It’s very clear from this, to me, that Rogan was going for ratings and dollars and he used his hive access with tremendous irresponsibility. What would Rogan say to a mother or father of a child gunned down at Sandy Hook? It’s morally reprehensible in the same way that hosting a Holocaust denier would be morally reprehensible. Harris touts Rogan’s unimpeachable ethics. I challenge Rogan’s ethics strongly and I question Harris’ ability to judge objectively Rogan’s ethics. Is Harris trying to coddle Rogan in order to get another guest spot on his podcast? It seems like a credible hypothesis.
  • JesterDean
    Unless you give him money… he can’t promise the best.
    His sales pitch sound like a preacher. His philosophical thought is polished which covers up for the lack of factual based evidence for some arguments. He’s skeptical on everything but his own opinion. He’s like the wealthy Buddhist… who eliminated want and desire by owning everything… He misses the point of being human.
  • Tyson621
    I’m a fan
    Sam Harris seems to be a lightning rod for people on the fringes. I’m stoked he decided to leave Twitter. I’m hoping it will lead him to focus more on interesting topics and less on trying to explain his position to trolls.
  • ri897098
    Poor Sam.
    He’s just a clown at this point.
  • TvDinner78
    Lost respect for him
    “I understand Elon is Trump 2.0” - my god man get a grip. Just don’t have a ton of respect for Sam anymore, I feel his takes have lost a lot of their objectivity. It’s weird hearing him balk at the idea of having TDS while at the same time consistently talking about Trump in typical TDS terms such as the “big orange demon” and stupid stuff like this. And a lot of his views seemed less based on current reality and what he thinks it COULD be. I don’t agree with Elon and Twitter because it COULD become worse than 4chan. Trump COULD have done this or that and we are lucky he didn’t. A few example and I’m not even a Trump fan, just tired of the direction Sam is going.
  • ivanahumpalots
    Sam got it right on Twitter
    We feel compelled to engage in things that interest us. And the fact is, we engage much more with fear and anger more than anything positive. And the bottom line is that this is unhealthy for us. So to each his own, but it boils down to what kind of person do you want to be? Is it someone who feels angry most days of your life? Or would you rather not live your life like that? That question was all I needed to ask myself to get the answer.
  • Nater from east Decatur
    Low resolution
    Sam let TDS ruin his brain. Sad day for a once great mind.
  • jmlinmn
    Not what it once was.
    I’m a long-time follower of Sam and his works on atheism and religion. Over the last handful of years; however, his more frequent forays into politics and affinity for strong institutions right or wrong has increasingly left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Today’s podcast entitled “Why I left Twitter.” was enough for me to say, paid subscription be damned, you no longer seriously warrant my attention or dollars. Good luck and (not God) speed.
  • Ally-oop12
    What happened to you?? Disappointing
  • kidsinbasement2024
    Children in the basement
    If you like neurotic pseudo intellectual liberal garbage you’ll love this! Kids in the basement, sams fine with that!
  • David_S8324
    Used to be like Hitch. Now like bargain Thunderf00t
    Gonna miss you on twitter, Sam. Oh well. Bye 👋
  • RogerThat
    Devoured by his own Ego
    Was once a fan but SH’s integrity has steadily slipped over the years. His machine-like vocal pacing combined with his patronizing and sanctimonious tone are too much to bear. His strained justification for his SBF podcast was the tipping point for me. See ya Sam.
  • oeuf1
    Sam is an honest moderate. Refreshing.
    Thank you.
  • Col. Ironhorse
    Sam says that he would do anything to save a child who had fallen down a well. But what if the well was is Hunter Bidens basement? The child would probably have to wait until after the election. A counter factual?
  • maria_salahori
    Angry paid subscriber for years
    You DOUBLED the $50/yr subscription fee out of the blue? I just unsubscribed after years of loyal annual paid subscription. And frankly I’m devastated. Yeah I know I can cry poormouth with no questions asked and get it free but that’s not me. Seriously, double the price?
  • Fighton1!
    Pompous Windbag
    I’ve never given less than a four star rating for a podcast. But Sam couldn’t be more pompous and less interesting.
  • Guthtaigh
    Great Podcast, Great Conversations
    Fan of Sam since 2012. Don’t always agree with him, and you shouldn’t either, but he’s here doing the work others are afraid to do: having non-mainstream conversations that aren’t always comfortable but are always necessary. His work is invaluable in that way. I subscribe to the premium feed, and you should as well.
  • Chodebag
    I don’t pay for podcasts.
    I also don’t write very well. Sorry.
  • dseddiqui
    Orange astroid?
    Very interesting topics. He lost his way when He compared Trump to an astroid coming to destroy planet earth. Dude please get over it. Trump is not that bad. As a thought leader don’t you know the people without a filter are the honest and genuine ones
  • BigChump
    New listener and LOVE this guy. Reasoned and thoughtful. Signed up for the paid site after listening to just a couple. Excellent, thought provoking stuff at a time we need rational dialogue!!!
  • PMhodl
    Virtue signaler
    Sam: “I don’t suffer from Trump-ism!” Every podcast: “now before we get started on todays topic I want to address some recent tweets that I’ve received criticism on, the criticism mostly comes from Trump-stans” Sam’s a hypocrite. Plain and simple. He may have alzheimers bc I don’t think he remembers things that he says but he thinks people who listen to him do.
  • Yael Levine
    One of the best, most enlightening, honest podcasts out there.
    If you’re looking for more than news highlights or simplistic analysis, this podcast for you. Mind-opening, clarifying and honest.
  • CanesFanNC
    Great Podcast
    I always love when a new episode comes out. I disagree with Sam on a lot of things (i.e. race bias in policing); however, I’m always willing to listen and have my positions challenged. This podcast does that. For all those whining about TDS, get over it! If you’d rather just listen to someone who confirms your bias on a daily basis, listen to Tucker each weeknight.
  • john in 10 mile
    went downhill last couple years
    This podcast could be okay, but the host has really lost something that past couple years. Maybe he will recover from the long-covid or whatever he suffers from. Repeatedly calling it "russian war of agression" only fits if we call USA's military industrial smashing of Libya and Vietnam and Iraq part 2 and Afghanistan "America wars of aggression". Your hyperbole and mislabeling gets really old.
  • dirkman95
    Among the Best
    Favorite podcast, been listening for years
  • aanichols
    Thoughtful, smart guests
    Really enjoy this podcast. It’s on my weekly rotation. Sam’s thoughts and guests bring a fresh perspective.
  • Mpier1982
    Sounds like every other crazy person with tds. This man is broken
  • tha horst
    Too much Trump
    Not a Trump supporter by any means but him as a topic so often on this pod is tiring. I can’t listen to conversations around Trump any more. There is so many more enlightening topics and conversations to choose from but Sam’s boomerang almost always comes back to Trump. I have to give a bad rating if only for this.
  • Nicholmays
    Thoughtful and enlightening
    Sam and his guests have proven much more though provoking than any other shows I’ve listened too. To prospective listeners I wouldn’t make much of the negative reviews from MAGA folks whose feelings were hurt by what Sam has said on Trump and are essentially trying to cancel him. He’s not politically extreme and spends more time on the excesses of the far left wing than Trump anyway. Regardless, his podcasts on non-political stuff are life changing.
  • motoutofafrica
    I love this podcast - is so thought-provoking. One of my all time faves.
  • RNewmanMO
    Dictionary Definition of TDS
    “Repairing our Country” Ha! Right. You went out and found a “conservative” who no longer agrees with what he use to write to reinforce your preconceived TDS. You just went on a show and advocated for the elimination of speech you don’t like in order to win. Repairing our country…you’ve become that which you hate - the fascist in the room *literally* is you.
  • He who shall remain nameless
    Let your guests talk
    This was one of my favorite podcasts once. Now it’s just Sam monologuing to his guests, trying to get them to cosign his positions. Zzzzzzz
  • rafarev
    100% honest
    Thank you for being honest.
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