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Making Sense: Conversations on Consciousness, Morality, and the Future of Humanity Hardcover – 11 August 2020

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  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 464 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062857789
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062857781
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Making Sense is a refueling station for the mind, and I visit it regularly. As an interviewer, Sam is both rigorous and generous. His show is completely devoid of the cheap shots and tribal bickering that characterize so much of podcasting. Making Sense is joyful play of the mind, without a trace of the partisan cretinism that disfigures the vast majority of our discourse these days.--Graeme Wood, staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

Making Sense is one of the most thought-provoking podcasts that I've come across. Sam Harris does an incredible job probing--and finding answers to--some of the most important questions of our times."--Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene: An Intimate History

"Sam Harris is tremendous at his job; sharp, skeptical in just the best sense, and full of curiosity and openness. He's a terrific questioner, and he greatly enlivens and improves public discourse." --Cass Sunstein, author of Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America

"There are precious few spaces in the media landscape where difficult, rigorous and respectful conversations can play out at substantial length, without agenda. Sam Harris created the model for such illuminating exchange, and the Making Sense podcast is a treasure trove of discussions with many of the most compelling and fascinating minds of our era." --Thomas Chatterton Williams, contributing writer, The New York Times Magazine, author of Self Portrait in Black and White.

"In a nation and at a time that seems to have lost all capacity for nuance and reason in its public discourse, Making Sense serves a deep and important purpose: allowing people to discuss pressing matters in careful and yet exciting ways, to the benefit of us all. Sam Harris, ever brilliant, is a national treasure."--Nicholas Christakis, author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

"Free and open debate, in the best sense of the word. . . . The book's advantage over the podcast is that readers can linger as they need to and cherry-pick interviews at will. Recommended for anyone who wants to spend time with intelligent minds wrestling not with each other but with understanding."--Kirkus Reviews

"Harris displays his skills as an interviewer and conversationalist capable of clarifying complex ideas and engaging scholars from diverse backgrounds and fields of study on their areas of expertise. . . . The result is a collection full of stimulating, nuanced, and deeply informed discussions on both abstract concepts (the future of humanity; the nature of reality) and hot-button current events (the #MeToo movement)."--Publishers Weekly

"In the rapidly expanding universe of podcasts, Sam Harris's Making Sense is a firmly established galaxy of brilliant minds orbiting Sam's shrewd but solar intelligence. I am frequently late for work because I start listening while shaving and can't bring myself to hit pause."--Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money

"Making Sense brings the power and patience of contemplation to the art of conversation. Sam Harris models not only how to articulate complex ideas, but also how to truly hear the ideas of others. This is cognitive jazz at its best."--Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock

"Do yourself a favor, broaden your perspectives and listen to the Making Sense podcast. Whatever your politics, you will find ideas and points of views you've never considered before, in fields you don't know, from neuroscience to computer science to culture."--Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag

About the Author

Sam Harris is the author of the bestselling books The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free 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 Times, The 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.

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