About the show

In-depth breakdowns of some of the worlds most thought-provoking and inspiring books.

Our hosts, Nicolas Vereecke and Sam Harris digest non-fiction books from all centuries and genres.

This podcast is here to help listeners become smarter. To learn about ideas they haven't heard of or to gain more perspectives on the books and ideas they are familiar with.

We dive into topics such as philosophy, business, feminism, psychology, politics, economics and who knows what else. Our goal is to simply explore the best ideas and learn new things. You're most welcome to join us for the ride.

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  • The best books of 2020

    February 3rd, 2021  |  Season 4  |  35 mins 15 secs
    best of, philosophy, taleb

    Recap of the favourite books we read from 2020 and the biggest lessons we kept with us

  • Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

    January 23rd, 2021  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 59 secs
    philosophy, stoicism

    One of the greatest Roman emperors personal reflections and exercises to understand himself and the universe

  • Seneca - On the Shortness of Life

    December 26th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  28 mins 44 secs
    philosophy, stoicism

    A wise collection of thoughts around how to live a good life where you pay attention to what matters and don't get caught up with the troubles and trivialities of the world

  • The Republic - Plato

    November 20th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  23 mins 3 secs
    ideal individual, perfect community, philosophy, plato's ideal republic, socrates

    The republic is an examination of justice in an individual and justice in a city. To Plato, justice is an appropriate balance between different parts of the whole.

    The individual is said that we should be led by reason, not passion or appetite. Everything performs its proper function, while the republic is established for everyone to perform the social role to which they are most suited.

  • Epicurus

    November 16th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  21 mins 22 secs
    epicureanism, happiness, philosophy

    Happiness is the main goal in life, we can achieve this by pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain. But also by taming our desires and enjoying small things

    Epicurus focused on happiness instead of virtue because he observed that humans are pleasure-seeking by nature.

  • Enchiridion by Epictetus

    October 19th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  25 mins 30 secs
    enchiridion, handbook, philosophy, stoic ethical advice

    Epictetus was born as a slave around 50 AD. After gaining his freedom he decided to dedicate his life to philosophy, even opening a school. He didn’t write much about himself, most of his knowledge was written down by his students, particularly Arrian.

  • The Confessions by Saint Augustine of Hippo

    October 12th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  22 mins 56 secs
    autobiography, catholic philosophies, saint augustine of hippo

    The book Confessions was the first autobiographical work written around 400 A.D. during Saint Augustine's early 40's. Augustine discussed his regrets for following the Manichaean religion and believing in astrology.

    Confessions is the most complete record of any single person from the 4th and 5th centuries.

  • The final days of Socrates - Plato

    September 25th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  34 mins 39 secs
    last days of socrates, philosophy, plato

    Describes the trial and death of Socrates in 403 BC.