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 1h21m. Bisher sind 175 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein zweiwöchentlich erscheinender Podcast
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episode 174: More Chiang for Your Buck ("Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom" Pt. 2)


Is character destiny, or can fluky decisions or tiny shifts in weather patterns fundamentally change who we are? Does the existence or non-existence of alternate universes have any bearing on freedom and responsibility? David and Tamler conclude their discussion of Ted Chiang’s “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom” along with another very short piece by Chiang called “What’s Expected of Us” that was first published in Nature...


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episode 173: Talking to Your (Alternate) Self [Ted Chiang's "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom"]


David and Tamler dive back into the Ted Chiang well and explore the fascinating world described in "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom...


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episode 172: Are You Free (to like the Chappelle special)?


David and Tamler start out with a discussion of the new Chappelle special and the negative reaction from many critics. Is Chappelle trolling his audience? Has he lost touch with the powerless people he used to champion? Or have critics missed his larger point, and failed to approach the new special as an art form? Then they address the latest development in the literature around Benjamin Libet's famous study that, according to some people, proved that free will doesn't exist...


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episode 171: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Theodicy? (The Book of Job)


David and Tamler dive back into the Bible, this time to the perplexing and poetic Book of Job...


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 28 August 2019  1h31m
 
 

episode 170: Social Psychology Gets an Asch-Kicking


Is social psychology just a kid dressing up in grown-up science clothes? Are the methods in social psychology--hypothesis-driven experiments and model-building--appropriate for the state of the field? Or do these methods lead to a narrowing of vision, stifled creativity, and a lack of informed curiosity about the social world> David and Tamler discuss the strong methodological critique of psychology from two of its leading practitioners - Paul Rozin and Solomon Asch...


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 14 August 2019  1h49m
 
 

episode 169: A Bug's Life (Kafka's "The Metamorphosis")


David and Tamler try to control their emotions (with varying success) as they go deep into Franz Kafka's masterful novella "The Metamorphosis." What kind of a story is this? A Marxist or religious allegory? A work of weird fiction? A family drama? A dark comedy? Why does a story about a man who turns into a giant insect get under our skins so much? Plus a study that links insomnia to our fear of death. What a cheerful summer episode! (Actually we're fairly proud of this one.....


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 30 July 2019  1h50m
 
 

episode 168: The Big Lebowski vs Pulp Fiction (Pt. 2)


It's Part 2 of the Lebowski vs. Pulp Fiction showdown. This time we focus on the Dude, Walter, Donny, and most importantly Jesus Quintana. (Nobody fucks with the Jesus). What's the ethos of this stoner masterpiece? Is it a nihilstic movie? A deconstruction of masculinity? A cannabis infused Daoist parable? And is it fair to compare these two classics from the 90s? Fair? Who's the fucking nihilist you bunch of crybabies! Plus - trolling...


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 16 July 2019  1h33m
 
 

episode 167: The Big Lebowski vs Pulp Fiction (Pt. 1)


There are only two kinds of people in the world, Pulp Fiction people and Big Lebowski people. Now Pulp Fiction people can like Big Lebowski and vice versa, but nobody likes them both equally. Somewhere you have to make a choice. And that choice tells you who you are. In the first episode of this two-parter, David and Tamler make that choice – and then go deep into the themes, performances, and philosophy of Tarantino’s iconic 90s classic Pulp Fiction...


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 04 July 2019  1h8m
 
 

episode 166: Total Recall


Memory is highly selective and often inaccurate...


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 18 June 2019  1h49m
 
 

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


Sam Harris returns to the podcast to talk about meditation and his new Waking Up meditation app...


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