Very Bad Wizards

Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.

https://verybadwizards.fireside.fm

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h22m. Bisher sind 191 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche
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episode 189: The Anality of Evil (Freud's "Civilization and its Discontents")


David and Tamler dive into Sigmund Freud’s world of unconscious drives, death instincts, and thwarted incestuous urges in his classic text “Civilization and its Discontents...


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episode 188: Conceptual Mummies (Nietzsche's "Twilight of the Idols")


Socrates was ugly and tired of life, his dialectic was a weapon of revenge against the nobility. Philosophers are mummies who hate the body and the senses. Reason is a tricky old woman. Morality is a misunderstanding. Kant is a sneaky Christian. And don't even get Nietzsche started on "free will" or the "self" - both are just excuses for priests to punish people...


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episode 187: More Zither


With a global pandemic and a collapsing economy upon us, it's time to ask ourselves some tough questions...


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 2020-04-21  1h40m
 
 

episode 186: The One with Peter Singer


The legendary Peter Singer joins us to talk about effective altruism, AI, animal welfare, esoteric morality, future Tuesday indifference, and more. I mean, it’s Peter freakin’ Singer - what more do we need to say? Plus, the explosive ‘one or two spaces after a period' debate: has science resolved it?


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 2020-04-07  1h29m
 
 

episode 185: The Devil's Playground


David and Tamler begin by talking about the question on everyone’s mind right now – are we obligated to be pansexual? Then, since many of us have more free time on our hands these days, we thought it might be a good idea to revisit Bertrand Russell’s essay (published in Harper’s Magazine) “In Praise of Idleness...


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 2020-03-24  1h24m
 
 

Bonus Episode: Top 5 Deadwood Characters


Here's something that might help with the Coronavirus blues: we're releasing our latest Patreon bonus episode for everyone. In this (unedited) episode, Tamler and David talk about their Top 5 Deadwood characters. If you've seen the show, let us know if you agree or disagree, or if we should go fuck ourselves. And if you haven’t watched it yet, you might have some time on your hands for the next month or two - there’s almost no better way to spend it than watching Deadwood. Enjoy!


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 2020-03-17  1h26m
 
 

episode 184: Tainted Glove


David and Tamler start off talking about the infamous Richard Dawkins eugenics tweet. What does it mean for eugenics to “work”? And given the sensitive nature and horrific history of eugenics, is it wrong to raise the topic even if you’re just focused on the science? Hey we’re just asking questions, man… Then, huge baseball fan that he is, David insists that we talk about the massive Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal and cheating in sports more generally...


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 2020-03-10  1h25m
 
 

episode 183: Accept the Mystery (with Paul Bloom)


VBW favorite Paul Bloom takes a short break from his Sam Harris duties to help us break down the Coen Brothers' ode to uncertainty, "A Serious Man...


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 2020-02-25  1h39m
 
 

episode 182: The Paper That Launched a Thousand Twitter Wars (With Yoel Inbar)


Podcasting legend Yoel Inbar (from Two Psychologists Four Beers) joins us to break down Tal Yarkoni's "The Generalizability Crisis,” the paper that launched a thousand Twitter wars...


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 2020-02-12  1h58m
 
 

episode 181: The Fraudulence Paradox (David Foster Wallace's "Good Old Neon")


Our whole lives we’ve been frauds. We’re not exaggerating. Pretty much all we’ve ever done is try to create a certain impression of us in other people. Mostly to be liked or admired. This episode is a perfect example, Tamler pretending to be a cinephile (check out his four favorite pieces of 2019 “pop culture” in the first segment), David trying to connect with the people (Baby Yoda, Keanu Reeves etc...


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 2020-01-29  2h9m