"Civilization rests on a series of successful conversations," posits the author of The End of Faith, and this principle informs the dialogues about society and current events on his podcast, Making Sense. These discussions frequently walk 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. Collected here are a dozen of Sam Harris's best conversations from the podcast, including talks with Robert Sapolsky, 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.
"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…. 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