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 1h21m. Bisher sind 181 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein zweiwöchentlich erscheinender Podcast
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episode 180: Chekhov's Schrödinger's Dagger (Kurosawa's "Rashomon")


Eleventh Century Japan. A samurai and his wife are walking through the forest and come across a bandit. The bandit attacks the samurai and has sex with/rapes his wife. A woodcutter finds the samurai, stabbed to death. Who killed the samurai and with what? What role did his wife play in his death? Kurosawa gives us four perspectives, told in flashbacks within flashbacks...


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episode 179: Talking Shit


David and Tamler wrap up the decade with an episode on trash-talking that morphs into a debate over the value of experimental inquiry. Participants in a lab put more effort into a slider task after they’re insulted by a confederate...


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episode 178: Borges' Obsession-Obsession ("The Zahir")


David and Tamler happen across Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Zahir” and now they can’t stop thinking about it...


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 2019-12-10  1h40m
 
 

episode 177: Pure Linguistic Chauvinism


Tamler learns something new about menstruation. David weighs in on the democratic debates and the impeachment hearings. Then we map the various social and political factions onto the factions in our respective fields. Who are establishment neoliberals of philosophy, and who are the white feminists? What about the IDWs of psychology – and the Chads and Stacys? Finally we get serious and break down the article by Alan Fiske in Psychological Review called “The Lexical Fallacy in Emotion Research...


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 2019-11-26  2h4m
 
 

episode 176: Split-Brains and the (Dis)Unity of Consciousness


David and Tamler discuss famous 'split brain' experiments pioneered by Roger Sperry and Michael Gazzaniga...


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 2019-11-12  1h48m
 
 

episode 175: At Least We Didn’t Talk About Zombies (Nagel’s “What is it Like to be a Bat?”)


We try (with varying success) to wrap our heads around Thomas Nagel’s classic article “What is it Like to be a Bat?" Does science have the tools to give us a theory of consciousness or is that project doomed from the outset? Why do reductionist or functionalist explanations seem so unsatisfying? Is the problem that consciousness is subjective, or is it something about the nature of conscious experience itself? Is this ultimately an epistemological or metaphysical question? What are we talking...


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 2019-10-29  1h42m
 
 

episode 174: More Chiang for Your Buck ("Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom" Pt. 2)


Is character destiny, or can fluky decisions or tiny shifts in weather patterns fundamentally change who we are? Does the existence or non-existence of alternate universes have any bearing on freedom and responsibility? David and Tamler conclude their discussion of Ted Chiang’s “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom” along with another very short piece by Chiang called “What’s Expected of Us” that was first published in Nature...


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 2019-10-15  1h46m
 
 

episode 173: Talking to Your (Alternate) Self [Ted Chiang's "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom"]


David and Tamler dive back into the Ted Chiang well and explore the fascinating world described in "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom...


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 2019-10-01  1h40m
 
 

episode 172: Are You Free (to like the Chappelle special)?


David and Tamler start out with a discussion of the new Chappelle special and the negative reaction from many critics. Is Chappelle trolling his audience? Has he lost touch with the powerless people he used to champion? Or have critics missed his larger point, and failed to approach the new special as an art form? Then they address the latest development in the literature around Benjamin Libet's famous study that, according to some people, proved that free will doesn't exist...


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 2019-09-17  1h40m
 
 

episode 171: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Theodicy? (The Book of Job)


David and Tamler dive back into the Bible, this time to the perplexing and poetic Book of Job...


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 2019-08-28  1h31m