Series 2 of Ricky Gervais & Sam Harris’s podcast Absolutely Mental launches

Golden Globe and Emmy winning actor, director and writer Ricky Gervais and neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris are back with a second series of their record-breaking podcast, Absolutely Mental. 

Philosophy meets science in this new series of entertaining and sometimes heated debates about what it is to be human.

What are we? How did we get here? Where are we going? Pointless stuff like that. There’s also a self-help element tackling how to live longer, how to be smarter and how to be happy. It also answers the age-old question of whether it’s better to have no knees or no elbows.

The release of the second series follows the success of the first, which was released in May and immediately topped the charts.

Ricky Gervais said: “The response to the first series has been genuinely amazing, so I can’t wait for people to hear the new episodes because I think they’re even better. I’ve even bought a posh microphone. Professional.”

Sam Harris added: “It has been one of the great privileges of my life to drag myself out of bed each Saturday morning, only to be reminded that – with civilization unravelling by the hour – Ricky Gervais is primarily afraid of spiders.”

All 10 episodes of the paid-for series have been released today (Friday 24 September), available at

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