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 1h20m. Bisher sind 171 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche
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Episode 150: Paul Bloom Insisted That We Talk About Sex Robots


What better way to celebrate our 150th episode than to bring back our favorite guest – Paul Bloom! We riff on a series of topics: the new “grievance studies” hoax, sex robot brothels, perverse desires, and perverse beliefs. Then we get a little navel gazey (OK maybe more than a little) and talk about podcasting as a form of media and discussion, good teaching, and what we’ve learned about our listeners and ourselves...


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 2018-10-23  1h26m
 
 

Episode 149: Death, Immortality, and Porn (Intuition) Pumps


Is living forever a good thing? Could we maintain our values and personal attachments throughout eternity? Would we be motivated to accomplish anything? Can we make sense of a human life that doesn't have a fixed endpoint? We try to alleviate David's paralyzing fear of death by examining two articles - one on how immortality is worse than we think, and the other providing evidence that dying might be better than we think. Plus,we examine some famous thought experiments - if they were porn...


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 2018-10-02  1h41m
 
 

Episode 148: Am I Wrong?


Tamler wades into a Twitter controversy about Serena Williams - could this be his fast-track pass into the IDW? And since we're talking about that, why not throw in a discussion of Louis CK's surprise set at the Comedy Cellar? In the second segment, we step outside of last week's social media culture wars to discuss "But I Could Be Wrong," a paper by philosopher George Sher from Rice University...


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 2018-09-19  1h41m
 
 

Episode 147: Effective Altruism and Moral Uncertainty (with The One True Scotsman, Will MacAskill)


Oxford philosophy professor Will MacAskill joins us to talk about effective altruism, moral uncertainty, and why you shouldn’t eat your grandmother (even if consequentialism is true)...


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 2018-09-04  1h43m
 
 

Episode 146: Sore Losers (Does Being a Sports Fan Make Us Unhappy?)


Is being a sports fan irrational? Does it lead to more suffering than happiness? David and Tamler discuss a recent study that suggests the answers to these question is "yes...


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 2018-08-21  1h12m
 
 

Episode 145: Lost in Borges' Garden


David and Tamler go deep into Borges’ labyrinth to discuss the fascinating, multi-dimensional story “The Garden of Forking Paths.” What is the underlying reality of this story? What demands does Borges make of his readers? What is Borges telling us about time, freedom, war, and art? Is the story itself a maze for readers to wander and lose their way? We don’t have all the answers, but it was one of our favorite discussions in a long time...


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 2018-08-05  1h37m
 
 

Episode 144: Borges' Babylon


David and Tamler try to wrap their heads around Jorge Luis Borges' “The Library of Babel” – a short story about a universe/library that contains every possible book with every possible combination of characters...


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 2018-07-25  1h23m
 
 

Episode 143: The Psychology of Personality


David and Tamler tackle the topic selected by their Patreon supporters - the psychology of personality...


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 2018-07-10  1h39m
 
 

Episode 142: Suicide (with Matthew Nock)


In what has to be the most somber VBW to date, David and Tamler welcome Harvard psychologist Matthew Nock to the podcast to talk about suicide and other forms of self-harm. Matt tells us what we know – and what we don’t know - about the causes of suicide and the ways to prevent it. In the first segment we talk about the recent exposé of Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment...


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 2018-06-26  1h30m
 
 

Episode 141: Implicit Bias


David and Tamler tackle the topic of implicit bias and the controversy surrounding the implicit association test (IAT). What is implicit bias anyway? Does it have to be linked to behavior in order to truly count as a "bias"? Has the IAT been overhyped as a reflection of individual or group prejudice? And why is the debate on this topic so depressing? Plus, some deep thoughts on the intellectual dark web, how to join it, and what the analogy is supposed to reflect.


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 2018-06-05  1h21m