“On one level, wisdom is nothing more than the ability to take your own advice.”
– Sam Harris
This is Sam Harris’s second appearance on the show. Sam is a neuroscience Ph.D. and the author of the bestselling books, The End of Faith, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, and Waking Up. His work has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals.
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Want to hear my previous interview with Sam Harris? — In this episode, we discuss spirituality, neuroscience, meditation, and more (stream below or right-click here to download):
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your biggest takeaway from this session? How has your thinking changed? Please let me know in the comments.
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Selected Links from the Episode
- A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
- Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit
- The Last Word and Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel
- Read The Quran, it’s shorter than the bible and you can read it in a weekend
- Super Intelligence by Nick Bostrom
- Our Final Invention by James Barrat
- Humiliation and The Anatomy of Disgust by William Ian Miller
- The Flight of the Garuda translated by Keith Dowman
- I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj
- Machete Season by Jean Hatzfeld a short book about the Rwandan genocide
- The End of Faith by Sam Harris
- Stumbling Upon Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
- Watch Sam Harris’s debate with William Lane Craig
- Islam and the Future of Tolerance by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz
- God is Not Great and Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
- Learn more about the Trolley Problem
- What are five books you think everyone should read? [6:53]
- In The End of Faith, you briefly discuss the challenging reality of having children. Why did you decide to have children? [18:58]
- Why have you stopped doing public debates? Who would you like to debate? [23:18]
- Could you talk about one of your differences with Christopher Hitchens on? Specifically, his pro-life stance. [29:03]
- What fact/event has made you change your mind recently? [32:53]
- What are Sam Harris’s morning rituals? I would especially like to know his meditation rituals. [36:03]
- If you had to recommend one thing for brain health outside meditation or exercise, what would that be? [46:18]
- Your first book, The End of Faith, featured a blistering attack on religious moderates. Now you strive to encourage religious moderation in the Islamic world. Have you changed your mind on religious moderation? [49:48]
- Would you push the fat man in the trolley scenario? Do you think a society could occupy a peak on the moral landscape if it’s inhabitants would all push the fat man? [55:28]