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

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Episode 21: Grad School


Dave and Tamler shrug off inside baseball concerns and argue whether to go to grad school, what to do when you get there, and share horror stories about the job market.


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 2013-05-06  1h33m
 
 

Episode 20: Boston, Brains, and Bad Pronunciation (with Molly Crockett)


Dave and Tamler begin with a brief, heartfelt discussion about the Boston Bombings. In the second and third segments, Molly Crockett joins us to challenge Fiery Cushman for the prize of classiest episode ever.


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 2013-04-21  1h0m
 
 

Episode 19: The Burning Bridges Episode (Pt. 2)


Re-recording a not-so-tragically lost episode (it kinda sucked), Dave and Tamler talk about the things they hate most about philosophy and psychology.


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 2013-04-06  1h3m
 
 

Episode 18: "Boy If Life Were Only Like This" (With Joe Henrich)


Joe Henrich joins the podcast to tell us that we know nothing about his work and that how we got to teach a class in anything is absolutely amazing. We continue our discussion from Episode 17 about his critique of the social and behavioral sciences in "The Weirdest People in the World" and his work in small scale societies on fairness norms.


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 2013-03-22  49m
 
 

Episode 17: Learning about Bushmen by Studying Freshmen?


Thousands of studies in psychology rely on data from North American undergraduates. Can we really conclude anything about the "human" mind from such a limited sample-- especially since Westerners are probably more different from the rest of the world's population than any other group We talk about Joseph Henrich and colleagues' critique of the behavioral sciences in their paper "The WEIRDEST People in the World."


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 2013-03-16  50m
 
 

Episode 16: Race, Reparations, and American (In)Justice (with Damani McDole)


For those who thought our most uncomfortable topics were behind us, on this episode we are joined by David's childhood friend Damani McDole to discuss several potentially offensive topics surrounding race and justice in America, such as slavery, reparations, affirmative action, and the use of the n-word.


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 2013-03-02  1h0m
 
 

Episode 15: The Burning Bridges Episode (Pt. 1)


You don't need to be a psychologist or a philosopher to enjoy a good, old-fashioned bitch-fest. In the first of a two-part episode (no single compact disc, 8-track, or LP could hold all our complaints), Tamler and David list two of the things that bug them about their respective fields. We take issue with bad writing, brain worship, meaningless questions, and psychologists' obsession with the number two. Enjoy and try not to hold it against us.


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 2013-02-16  53m
 
 

Episode 14: Bonus Episode on Snitches, Tattletales, and Whistleblowers


In a break from tradition, we recorded a 25-minute episode on the morality of tattletaling, snitching, ratting, and whistleblowing. We discuss why these people seem especially despicable (except for maybe "Bubbles" from "The Wire" and the guy from "The Insider"), and David gets Tamler to agree that he'd never turn him into the police.


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 2013-02-08  27m
 
 

Episode 13: Beanballs, Blood Feuds, and Collective Moral Responsibility (With Fiery Cushman)


Our classiest episode yet (OK, that's not saying much, but still...)--Psychologist Fiery Cushman joins us for a discussion about collective punishment and collective responsibility. We use Fiery's recent paper on the practice of "beaning" in baseball (punishing one player for a teammate's offense by throwing a 95 MPH fastball at the player's head) to illustrate the phenomenon.


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 2013-01-22  1h0m
 
 

Episode 12: Justice for #!$@ ?


Dave and Tamler square off the role of the victim in criminal punishment and find little to agree about. Tamler defends the restorative justice approach, while Dave expresses skepticism about its value and worries it might even be damaging.


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 2013-01-14  1h13m