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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h21m. Bisher sind 177 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche


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episode 165: Life With No Head (With Sam Harris)

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 2019-06-04  2h16m

episode 164: Choosing to Believe

David and Tamler argue about William James' classic essay "The Will to Believe...


 2019-05-14  1h21m

episode 163: Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas")

David and Tamler are pulled into Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas." Omelas is a truly happy city, except for one child who lives in abominable misery. Is that too high a moral cost? Why do some people walk away from the city? Why does no one help the child? Why does Le Guin make us create the city with her? Plus, we talk about our listener meetup in Vancouver, and a new edition of [dramatic music] GUILTY CONFESSIONS...


 2019-05-01  1h34m

episode 162: Parents Just Don't Understand (with Paul Bloom)

As parents we like to think we have an impact on our children - their future, their happiness, the kinds of people they turn out to be. But are we deluded? Dave and Tamler are joined by empathy's kryponite, the great Paul Bloom, to talk about Judith Rich Harris's view that parents matter a lot less than you might think (while genes and peer groups matter a lot more than you might think) ...


 2019-04-16  1h26m

episode 161: Reach-Around Knowledge and Bottom Performers (The Dunning-Kruger Effect)

The less we know, the more we know it. David and Tamler talk about the notorious Dunning-Kruger effect, which makes us overconfident in beliefs on topics we're ignorant about and under-confident when we're experts. Plus, we break down an evolutionary psychology article on why poor men and hungry men prefer women with big breasts. Trust us, it's a really bad study. We're sure about it.


 2019-04-03  1h25m

episode 160: Everything is Meaningless: The Book of Ecclesiastes

David and Tamler dive into the book of Ecclesiastes, an absurdist classic that is somehow also a book of the Bible...


 2019-03-19  1h33m

episode 159: You Have the Right to Go to Prison

David and Tamler answer the question that’s on everyone’s mind: how to live as an anti-natalist. And Tamler is appalled to discover David's anti-natalist leanings. Then in the main segment they talk about paper by Paul Butler on the critique of rights. Butler argues that the progressive liberal's focus on securing legal rights has actually impeded the fight for economic and racial justice (in part because rights are too abstract and indeterminate)...


 2019-03-05  1h15m

Episode 158: False Dichotomies and Oral Reciprocity

David and Tamler discuss the invasion of dual process theories in psychology, and more generally how psychologists and philosophers love theories that divide complex phenomena into two categories...


 2019-02-19  1h36m

Episode 157: Notes From Underground (Pt. 2)

David and Tamler continue their discussion of Dostoevsky's funny, sad, philosophical novella Notes From Underground. We focus on part 2 this time - three stories from the Underground Man's past - and explore what the stories tell us about his existentialist rants in part 1...


 2019-02-05  1h21m