Episode 315

The Great Derangement

A Conversation with Tim Urban

April 7, 2023

Sam Harris speaks with Tim Urban about his new book, What’s Our Problem: A Self-Help Book for Societies. They discuss Tim’s unusual career, the finitude of life, existential risk, exponential technological change, political tribalism, the corruption of the media, how one thinks vs what one thinks, trust in institutions, the firing of James Bennet at the New York Times, digital mobs, the mechanics of cancellation, Alex Jones, election integrity, and other topics.

Tim Urban is a writer, illustrator, and co-founder of the blog Wait But Why, best known for its long-form articles on a wide range of topics, many of which have gone viral. His TED Talk “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator” is the third most viewed talk of all time.

Website: waitbutwhy.com

Twitter: @waitbutwhy


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