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.

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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

Episode 156: Notes From Underground (Pt. 1)

We’re sick men. We’re spiteful men. We’re unpleasant men. We think our livers are diseased (especially Tamler’s). So we talk about Dostoevsky’s wild, complex, stream of consciousness masterpiece _Notes From Underground_. For this episode we focus on part 1 of the novella, and the philosophy behind it...


 2019-01-22  1h43m

Episode 155: Alfred Hitchcock's Money Shot

David and Tamler dive deep into Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 hallucinatory classic, Vertigo...


 2019-01-08  1h38m

Episode 154: Metaphysical Vertigo (Borges's "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius")

In the famous words of the idealist philosopher George Berkeley, “To exist is to be perceived.” Our ideas and perceptions are the fundamental objects in the universe; there is no real world beyond them. Hume wrote (I think) that Berkeley’s arguments don’t admit of the slightest refutation, and they don’t inspire the slightest conviction. On Earth, that may be true. On Tlön, it’s false – the people there are “congenital idealists...


 2018-12-18  1h56m

Episode 153: Progress in Psychology: A Reply to BootyBootyFartFart

David dies for science’s sins and addresses the failed replication of one of his studies (conducted with three former VBW guests) by the _Many Labs Project_. But first, the guys try to gauge their intuitions about the phenomenal experience of their molecule-for-molecule mirror reflection duplicate in a universe with a non-orientable topology...


 2018-12-04  1h46m

Episode 152: Ruthlessness, Public and Private

Tamler and David continue their Nagel-gazing by discussing another essay from _Mortal Questions_: "Ruthlessness in Public Life...


 2018-11-20  1h21m

Episode 151: Viddy Well, My Listeners (Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange")

There was me, that is Tamler, and my droog, that is David, and we sat in our living rooms on Skype trying to make up our rassoodocks what Stanley Kubrick's a Clockwork Orange was really about? Free will? We didn't think so. Punishment? Yeah but what about punishment? And what about the old ultraviolence - can it still shock us in the modern age? Then suddenly we viddied that thinking was for the gloopy ones and that the oomny just, like, press record and start the podcast...


 2018-11-06  2h4m