Absolutely Mental

By Ricky Gervais & Sam Harris

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Both seasons available at https://AbsolutelyMental.com. In this new podcast series, the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor, director, and writer Ricky Gervais phones his favorite smart friend, the neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, to ask some very important questions...and some not-so-important ones. Gervais and Harris contemplate the wonders of science and the chaos of modern life while having many good laughs.

Episode Date
S2 EP 10: Why do we laugh?
13:08

Ricky calls Sam to ask why humans laugh. They break down the mechanics of stand up comedy, the science behind tickling, and the mistakes of a very sad middle school teacher...

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Sep 24, 2021
S2 EP 9: The Monkey Mind
16:28

Ricky asks Sam to explain the “monkey mind.” They also explore the illusion of free will, the nature of thought and distraction, and more of Sam’s mumbo jumbo.

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Sep 24, 2021
S2 EP 8: Why can’t we cure pain?
11:15

Ricky calls Sam to ask why there isn’t a cure for all physical pain. They discuss phantom pain in amputees, the origins of language, and the dangers of tying your shoes.

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Sep 24, 2021
S2 EP 7: Lions, Twitter, and Billionaires...
11:28

Ricky asks Sam what single concept he’d like everyone in the world to understand. They also discuss space tourism, the morality underlying animal behavior, and Ricky’s award-winning tweets.

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Sep 24, 2021
S2 EP 6: 3 Questions for the Aliens
08:39

Ricky poses a thought experiment where Sam would act as a human representative to speak with super-intelligent aliens. Sam would ask the aliens to cure aging. Ricky would rather know which version of the Office they liked more.

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Sep 24, 2021
S2 EP 5: Q&A
19:30

Ricky poses Sam a question from a listener. They discuss mental illness, the relationship between mind and body, and why, when Christ returns to earth, it definitely won’t be on a spaceship.

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Sep 24, 2021
S2 EP 4: The certainty (and uncertainty) of death
16:10

Ricky and Sam debate whether or not it would be better to know the date of your death. They also discuss the flaws in human memory, what uploading our consciousnesses might look like, and why snails would make terrible comedians.

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Sep 24, 2021
S2 EP 3: What is anxiety?
14:16

Ricky and Sam explore the origins of anxiety. They also discuss aging, stand up comedy, and having a heart attack on stage.

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Sep 24, 2021
S2 EP 2: How does hypnosis work?
13:30

Ricky and Sam discuss the mechanics of hypnosis and the possibility of a “truth serum.” They also condemn swallowing live frogs at parties.

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Sep 24, 2021
S2 EP 1: Why do we care about the future of humanity?
18:20

We care about what happens after we die... but why? Ricky and Sam kick off season two by discussing our desire to leave the earth better than we found it. Ricky officially denounces Satan.

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Sep 24, 2021
Season Two is Available Now
01:24

Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor, director, and writer Ricky Gervais and his favorite smart friend, neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, are back at it and this season Absolutely Mental is going deeper.

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Sep 24, 2021
S1 EP 2: What makes something funny?
14:51

In this teaser of episode 2, Sam calls Ricky to discuss where to draw the line in comedy. Ricky thinks everything is on the table. Except the word “vagina.”

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Aug 17, 2021
S1 EP 1: Why do we dream?
29:19

Ricky calls Sam to ask why we dream. They discuss why puns are terrible and explore some of the mechanics of comedy.

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May 10, 2021
Introducing Absolutely Mental
01:47

All 11 episodes available at AbsolutelyMental.com

In this new podcast series, the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actor, director, and writer Ricky Gervais phones his favorite smart friend, the neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, to ask some very important questions...and some not-so-important ones.

Gervais and Harris contemplate the wonders of science and the chaos of modern life while having many good laughs.

May 06, 2021