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Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work ...
 
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NeuroPod, the neuroscience podcast from Nature, highlights news and articles published in Nature's journals, including interviews with the people behind the science and in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering the research.
 
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Being able to understand the impact that space has on our brains and bodies brings space travel closer. The post #185: Brains in Orbit with Dr. Rachael Seidler appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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You'd think there's nothing to be said in defense of brain damage. You'd almost be right. But in a few rare cases, "Acquired Savant Syndrome" gives brain-injured people cognitive abilities they never had before. The post Overdose Edition #6: Acquired Savant Syndrome appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.…
 
In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ongoi ...…
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up p ...…
 
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A caffeine - theacrine stack is often recommended as a “starter stack” for nootropics noobies. Here's what you need to know about theacrine. The post #184: Theacrine with Dr. Richard Bloomer appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
 
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The Halo Sport is a health and wellness device which uses transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to achieve physical benefits. The post #183: Evolving Human Performance appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Timothy Snyder about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.…
 
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Memory is not just a curiosity. Memory is central to our existence -- and our ability to predict the future. The post #182: The Importance of Memory appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ...…
 
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Through the large-scale institutionalization of schooling, we’ve had a collective massive impact on our brains. The post #181: The Future of Education appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum and Juliette Kayyem about the unfolding Russia scandal in the White House. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
 
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As the number of people addicted to opiates in the US continues to rise, we look at the physical cause of opiate addiction and what we can do to reverse the trend. The post #180: The Ongoing Opiate Crisis appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up 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, in ...…
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gary Taubes about his career as a science journalist, the difficulty of studying nutrition and public health scientifically, the growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the role of hormones in weight gain, the controversies surrounding his work, and other topics.…
 
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Boost your mental energy, libido, and focus with this traditional Malaysian medicine that also treats chronic stress. The post #179: Tongkat Ali: Stress Relief for the Modern World appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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Can we get more out of virtual reality than just games? And what's happening in our brains during a virtual experience? The post #178: The Potential of Virtual Reality appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book "The Bell Curve," the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samhar ...…
 
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It’s high time we covered acetylcholine — the most plentiful neurotransmitter in the body. And our Know Your Neurotransmitters series continues with the best guest possible to talk to us about acetylcholine. The post #177: Know Your Neurotransmitters: Acetylcholine appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.…
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with General Michael V. Hayden about the reality of spying, the difference between the NSA and the CIA, the ethics of secrecy, Edward Snowden, the Russian Hacking of the 2016 US Presidential election, and other topics.
 
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Psychedelics are endlessly fascinating: the preliminary research shows so many therapeutic benefits -- yet there’s so much we still don’t know. The post #176: Breaking the Psychedelic Research Logjam with Dr. David Nichols appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, the consequences of having an ad-based economy, the dynamics of regret, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with physicist Lawrence Krauss about the utility of public debates, the progress of science, confusion about the role of consciousness in quantum mechanics, the present danger of nuclear war, the Trump administration, the relative threats of Christian theocracy and Islamism, and realis ...…
 
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We know about the detrimental effects of light on our sleep -- but how we can harness light in a positive way, for alertness, mood, and our Circadian rhythms? The post #175: Sleep, Light, and Your Brain appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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Sarcasm can the foundation of misunderstanding but maybe there’s something about sarcasm that can connect us to the power of creativity. The post #174: There’s Something About Sarcasm… appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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Bad vision isn't all in the eye of the beholder: Sometimes it's in the brain. In this Overdose Edition, Helen Irlen describes the Meares-Irlen Syndrome, a neurological disorder she says makes visual processing unnecessarily difficult for millions of people. The post Overdose Edition #5: Reading and Rose-Colored Glasses: The Irlen Syndrome appea ...…
 
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There's long been a misconception that you can "fish oil" a bad diet away. Not only is that idea wrong -- according to Chris Kresser, it can lead to dangerous and unanticipated oxidative stress. The post #173: When Fish Oil Goes Bad… appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum about Russia's meddling in the U.S. Presidential election and Trump's troubling affinity for Vladimir Putin. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about meditation, the need for stories, the power of technology to erase the boundary between fact and fiction, wealth inequality, the problem of finding meaning in a world without work, religion as a virtual reality game, the difference between pain and sufferin ...…
 
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Social lubricant. Addictive evil. Between these extremes there’s a sea of alcohol. The post #172: Alcohol Use and Abuse appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson discuss science, religion, archetypes, mythology, and the perennial problem of finding meaning in life. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
 
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Jesse talks to the authors of the new book "Stealing Fire" about the widespread use of altered states (achieved through many different means) to achieve heightened performance. The post #171: Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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What makes human brains special? How do animal brains compare to our own? The post #170: Human vs. Animal Brains appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this Episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kate Darling about the ethical concerns surrounding our increasing use of robots and other autonomous systems. Kate Darling is a leading expert in robot ethics. She’s a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics ...…
 
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The Oura ring has moved from a Kickstarter concept to a major tool for sleep and recovery research. The post Overdose Edition #4: The Ōura Ring appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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Our complex biology requires complex, personalized medicine. The post #169: The Future of Personalized Medicine appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about the presidency of Donald Trump. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
 
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Marijuana isn't the first thing you think of to fight off aging. But studies hint that low-dose cannabinoids might be just the thing to protect against brain inflammation. The post #168: Marijuana and the Aging Brain appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about his conversation with Jordan Peterson, the reaction to Milo Yiannopoulos at U.C. Berkeley, the “Muslim ban,” the echo chamber of social media, Trump’s lies, the value of the humanities, the ethics of ending aging, whether consciousness can be an illusion ...…
 
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GABA is crucial for stability in the brain. Supplementing with passion flower is one of the best methods of promoting GABA. The post #167: GABA: the Forgotten Neurotransmitter? appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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Omega-6 fatty acids are both essential and misunderstood -- occasionally even demonized as a too-prevalent part of the Standard American Diet. Dr. Chris Masterjohn explains the role they fill in the human diet, and against-the-grain advice on how to acquire them with a minimum of fuss. The post #166: Omega-6 Fatty Acids with Dr. Chris Masterjoh ...…
 
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In this episode the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein answer questions about the practice of mindfulness. They discuss the nature negative emotions, the importance of ethics, the concept of enlightenment, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.…
 
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What's all the fuss about this Southeast Asian plant that is both a stimulant and an opioid? The post #165: Much Ado About Kratom appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Jordan B. Peterson about freedom of speech and the nature of truth. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.
 
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The mind is a powerful thing -- it can heal the body or harm the body. The post #164: Placebo: the Power of the Mind to Heal appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Lawrence Wright about al-Qaeda & ISIS, Arab culture, 9/11 conspiracy theories, the migrant crisis in Europe, Scientology, parallels between L. Ron Hubbard and Donald Trump, the Satanic cult panic, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.…
 
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Idebenone, CoQ10, ubiquinol... what’s the difference? The post #163: Idebenone with Dr. Dominic D’Agostino appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (second of two). They discuss Richard’s experience of having a stroke, the genetic future of humanity, the analogy between genes and memes, the “extended phenotype,” Islam and bigotry, the biology of race, how to find meaning without ...…
 
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Han Solo joked that Chewbacca was "always thinking with his stomach." Science has shown this to be truer than we ever suspected. The post #162: The “Gut-Brain Axis” with Scott Anderson appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
 
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