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.


  • 6. Finite and Infinite Games - James P. Carse

    April 21st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  29 mins 35 secs
    games, life, philosophy

    There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.
    A simple concept with oodles of insights that go deeper and deeper. Question everything you think you know and dive into a redefinition of how you approach everything.

  • 5. Invisible Women - Caroline Criado Perez

    April 16th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 49 secs
    data, feminism, society

    The gender bias that is in the world around us and affects our daily lives. A brilliant look at the data that shows the facts we need to acknowledge and overcome.

  • 4. The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists - Niel Strauss

    April 8th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  24 mins 59 secs
    love, sales, seduction

    Investigative reporter Neil Strauss chronicles his journey and encounters in the seduction community. An interesting tale into how our minds can be lead in seduction and the dangers of seeking the wrong things.

  • 3. Why Buddhism is True - Robert Wright

    March 31st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 12 secs
    buddhism, evolution, meditation, psychology, vipassana

    The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

  • 2. The Elephant in the Brain - Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson

    March 17th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 59 secs
    lying, psychology, social engineering

    A summary of the key ways human beings lie to themselves and others without even realising. There are so many hidden ways we conceal the truth to protect and advance ourselves. But sometimes to our detriment.
    We work out the useful take-home point and consider the knowledge that is perhaps dangerous.

  • 1. Introduction - The Big Plan

    March 5th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 53 secs

    A short episode about the podcast and the show hosts if you want to know more about the show