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Making Sense: Conversations on Consciousness, Morality, and the Future of Humanity

Making Sense: Conversations on Consciousness, Morality, and the Future of Humanity

by Sam Harris

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Overview

A New York Times New and Noteworthy Book

From the bestselling author of Waking Up and The End of Faith, an adaptation of his wildly popular, often controversial podcast

“Sam Harris is the most intellectually courageous man I know, unafraid to speak truths out in the open where others keep those very same thoughts buried, fearful of the modish thought police. With his literate intelligence and fluency with words, he brings out the best in his guests, including those with whom he disagrees.” -- Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene

“Civilization rests on a series of successful conversations.” —Sam Harris

Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and bestselling author—has been exploring some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events on his podcast, Making Sense. With over one million downloads per episode, these discussions have clearly hit a nerve, frequently walking a tightrope where either host or guest—and sometimes both—lose their footing, but always in search of a greater understanding of the world in which we live. For Harris, honest conversation, no matter how difficult or controversial, represents the only path to moral and intellectual progress.

This book includes a dozen of the best conversations from Making Sense, including talks with Daniel Kahneman, Timothy Snyder, Nick Bostrom, and Glenn Loury, on topics that range from the nature of consciousness and free will, to politics and extremism, to living ethically. Together they shine a light on what it means to “make sense” in the modern world.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062857781
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,076,379
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books The End of FaithLetter to a Christian NationThe Moral LandscapeFree Will, and Lying.  The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction and his work has been published in more than 20 languages. He has written for the New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, the Economist, the Times (London), the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, the Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

The Light of the Mind

A Conversation David Chalmers 1

Finding Our Way

A Conversation David Deutsch 29

Consciousness and the Self

A Conversation Anil Seth 95

The Nature of Consciousness

A Conversation Thomas Metzinger 157

The Road to Tyranny

A Conversation Timothy Snyder 187

What is Racism?

A Conversation Glenn C. Loury 213

The Biology of Good and Evil

A Conversation Robert Sapolsky 253

The Map of Misunderstanding

A Conversation Daniel Kahneman 283

Will We Destroy the Future?

A Conversation Nick Bostrom 319

Complexity and Stupidity

A Conversation David Krakauer 353

Our Future

A Conversation Max Tegmark 385

Acknowledgments 439

Contributors 441

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