Ask Me Anything #7

May 12, 2017

Questions Answered

Is it possible that the mindfulness notion of the self being an illusion is itself an illusion?

00:04:43May 12, 2017

Tell me some real life examples that are good for society and that are informed by Charles Murray's research in the bell curve.

00:07:21May 12, 2017

Do you think reducing animal suffering is a moral blind spot of modern humans or a moral error?

00:18:18May 12, 2017

How is Brazilian jiu-jitsu coming?

00:20:44May 12, 2017

What are your thoughts on Kevin Kelly's article The Myth of Superhuman AI?

00:21:13May 12, 2017

How do you think your friend the late, great Christopher Hitchens would have dealt with a Trump presidency?

00:21:45May 12, 2017

Will you do a podcast with Ben Shapiro on religion?

00:23:14May 12, 2017

How would someone lose their faith? Just a blow to the head or a good scare?

00:27:00May 12, 2017

Is there hope for a centrist politics?

00:28:17May 12, 2017

Can you share some insights on parenting? How does/did rational and mindful Sam Harris handle an angry toddler?

00:33:34May 12, 2017

How do you explain other religions and beliefs to your kids?

00:35:33May 12, 2017

Could you describe what it was like going through your PhD program? What was it like going back to undergrad after a long break?

00:38:34May 12, 2017

What's your gut feeling on the prospect of military conflict between the US and Russia, China, and North Korea in the near future?

00:42:56May 12, 2017

Will you have someone studying transgenderism biologically on [the podcast] at some point? How are you forming your opinions around this issue?

00:44:47May 12, 2017

Just finished your book Free Will and wish it was 10 times longer. Any plans for more on this topic?

00:48:48May 12, 2017

Do you plan to read more of The End of Faith?

00:51:02May 12, 2017

Do you think having a large vocabulary is valuable in your line of work and life in general and what is your advice for expanding it?

00:51:31May 12, 2017