You Are Not So Smart is a show about psychology that celebrates science and self delusion. In each episode, we explore what we've learned so far about reasoning, biases, judgments, and decision-making.
247 - Narcissism (rebroadcast)
In this episode we explore what narcissism is (and what is most-definitely is not). There is a form of narcissism which has been, up until now, confused with psychopathy. But a new paper, the result of years of experiments, suggests narcissists are not psychopaths, and psychopaths are not narcissists.
246 - Ideaflow - Jeremy Utley
In this episode we sit down with Jeremy Utley of the Stanford d.school to discuss his new book, Ideaflow, which is all about how to create a practice for producing and trading ideas in massive quantities – whether in an organization or as an individual entrepreneur or content-creator – along with a system for sorting the garbage from the gold. We discuss, among many other things, why it is important to focus on input more than output, how to stop obsessing over quality while generating quantity, and peanut butter pumps.
245 - The Conspiracy Theorist Who Changed His Mind - Tim Harford
Here’s a special bonus episode featuring my recent conversation with Tim Harford, author, economic
journalist, and host of the Cautionary Tales podcast. We discussed a story from my new book, How Minds Change, about a
conspiracy theorist who was certain 9/11 was an inside job until he actually visited Ground Zero to meet architects, engineers
and the relatives of the dead. Tim and I reflect on what Charlie can teach us about those who hold strong beliefs even in the face of damning, contrary evidence and why persuasion, especially if attempted poorly, isn't always the right answer. Hear more from
Cautionary Tales at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/ctsmart
244 - Quit - Annie Duke
I recently sat down for a live event and Q&A with the great Annie Duke to discuss her new book, Quit: The power of knowing when to walk away. This episode is the audio from that event. Quit is all about how to develop a very particular skill: how to train your brain to make it easier to know which goals and plans are worth sticking to and which are not.
243 - Psychological Tweetathon with Jay Van Bavel
In this episode we sit down with NYU psychologist Jay Van Bavel who is very good at Twitter. His feed is always overflowing with the absolute latest and greatest research from psychology with links to papers as they come out – on many of the topics we so often explore on this podcast – and in this episode we discuss ten of those tweets and the research he’s shared.
242 - Survival of the Richest - Douglas Rushkoff
In this episode we sit down with Douglas Rushkoff, a media scholar, journalist, and professor of digital economics who has a new fire in his belly when it comes to the world of billionaire preppers, which comes across in his new book Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires – inspired by his invitation to consult a group of the world’s richest people on how to spend their money now to survive an apocalypse they fear is coming within their lifetimes.
One of my favourite podcasts
Love this podcast. The host, David is an all-around awesome interviewer with his guests. He asks great questions and let’s each guest shine during episodes. Thanks for the great work!
Painfully obvious agenda pushing
An episode that attempts to nudge the to “hesitant” to get the vaccine? Another episode that trivializes outside the box thinkers as “conspiracy theorists”? Could the nefarious intentions behind this show be any more clear? If you are indeed smart and value thinking critically, avoid stuff like this.