You Are Not So Smart

You Are Not So Smart is a show about psychology t…

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episode 200: 200 - Socks and Crocs (rebroadcast)

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episode 199: 199 - Math Without Numbers

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episode 198: 198 - Reflection and Insurrection

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episode 197: 197 - Conspiratorial Thinking

Over the last few years, this show has devoted many shows to the psychology behind what we saw in the Capitol in January 2021. So, in this episode, we re-listen to three interviews on conspiratorial thinking to gain some perspective. See for privacy information.


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episode 196: 196 - Art (rebroadcast)

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episode 195: 195 - Clearer Thinking

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