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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.

Very Bad Wizards Tamler Sommers & David Pizarro

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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.

    On Your Marx

    On Your Marx

    In honor of Labor Day, David and Tamler dive into two works by Karl Marx - "The Communist Manifesto" and "Estranged Labor." What is Marx's theory of historical change? Why does capitalism produce an alienated workforce? What role does philosophy play in maintaining the status quo? Plus, fraudulent data in a famous study about dishonesty and former guest Dan Ariely is under investigation.
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    Evidence of Fraud in an Influential Field Experiment About Dishonesty - Data ColadaThe Communist Manifesto - WikipediaEstranged Labour, Marx, 1844Asher Horowitz | Department of Political Science | Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies | York UniversityMarx's theory of alienation - Wikipedia

    • 1 u. 50 min.
    Multiplied by Mirrors

    Multiplied by Mirrors

    It’s a Borges bonanza! David and Tamler dive into two stories: “Emma Zunz” and “Borges and I.” The first seems like a straightforward daughter revenge story (Tamler’s favorite genre), but Borges being Borges there are layers of doubt and fuzziness about what exactly is going on. “Borges and I” may be less than a page, but it has us questioning our identity, the relationship between private and public selves, and what happens to when you release a work out into the world.


    Plus, back to social psychology. Are you a picky eater? Then people think you suck at sex. We are not sure who is recording this podcast.
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    People who are willing to try new foods are perceived as more desirable and less sexually restrictedBradshaw, H. K., Mengelkoch, S., Espinosa, M., Darrell, A., & Hill, S. E. (2021). You are what you (are willing to) eat: Willingness to try new foods impacts perceptions of sexual unrestrictedness and desirability. Personality and Individual Differences, 182, 111082. — You are what you (are willing to) eat: Willingness to try new foods impacts perceptions of sexual unrestrictedness and desirabilityEmma Zunz by Jorge Luis BorgesBorges and I by Jorge Luis Borges

    • 1 u. 45 min.
    ...But You Can't Hide (Michael Haneke's "Caché")

    ...But You Can't Hide (Michael Haneke's "Caché")

    David and Tamler go deep on Michael Haneke’s unnerving psychological thriller Caché. An upper middle class French intellectual couple receives mysterious videotapes of the exterior of their house, forcing them to confront their past and present. Can we run from our history? Or will it always find a way to break through? And who’s sending the tapes? Plus, VBW does conceptual analysis - what does it mean to be “corny”?
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    Links:
    Caché (film) - WikipediaWatch Cache (Hidden) | Prime Video

    • 1 u. 59 min.
    Dropping Paradigms (Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions")

    Dropping Paradigms (Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions")

    David and Tamler hit the books and cram for their beloved Patreon listener-selected episode – this time on Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.” David thinks Kuhn is a great sociologist of science but recoils at the relativistic tenor of the final chapters. Tamler loves anything that makes David recoil.


    Plus, should we give more weight to the advice of people on their deathbed? Or should we nod politely and get back to working for that promotion…
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    Links:
    Why is the deathbed perspective considered so valuable? | Aeon Essays — reasonsThe Splintered Mind: On the Epistemic Status of Deathbed RegretsThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions - WikipediaThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn [amazon.com affiliate link]What Thomas Kuhn Really Thought about Scientific "Truth" - Scientific American Blog NetworkThe Ashtray Has Landed: The Case of Morris v. Kuhn

    • 2 uur 5 min.
    Oral Judgments

    Oral Judgments

    We’ve promised you for years that we would do an episode on apologies and never got to it until today. So we both want to say from the bottom of our hearts: we’re sorry. We recognize we’ve let so many of our listeners down, and we feel just awful if you were offended by the delay. We hope this episode will be just one small step towards regaining your trust.


    Plus, of all the evo-psych articles in the world, this one might be the evo-psychiest: “Oral Sex as Infidelity Detection.”
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    Links:
    Pham, M. N., & Shackelford, T. K. (2013). Oral sex as infidelity-detection. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(6), 792-795. — From the abstract: "The infidelity-detection hypothesis for oral sex proposes that men perform oral sex to gather information about their partner’s recent sexual history."Clearer Thinking | How to apologiseSchumann, K., & Dragotta, A. (2020). Is moral redemption possible? The effectiveness of public apologies for sexual misconduct. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 90, 104002.Ohtsubo, Y., & Watanabe, E. (2009). Do sincere apologies need to be costly? Test of a costly signaling model of apology. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30(2), 114-123.I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies by Nick Smith :: SSRNDan Harmon Apologizes for Sexually Harassing Megan Ganz | Time

    • 1 u. 40 min.
    Touch My Pink Monkey

    Touch My Pink Monkey

    David and Tamler argue about the philosopher L.A. Paul’s ideas on “transformative experiences” – big life decisions that will change you and your values so much that our normal decision-making models break down. Tamler is fully on board and hopeful for philosophy, but David sees Paul’s view as a threat to his precious rationality. Plus, we tackle the greatest existential threat to human civilization in history: critical race theory. Why are people on all sides so intent on misunderstanding it?
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    Links:
    [Essay] History As End, By Matthew Karp | Harper's MagazineOn Having Whiteness by Donald MossSean Wilentz: A Matter of Facts - The AtlanticThe Vampire Problem: A Brilliant Thought Experiment Illustrating the Paradox of Transformative Experience – Brain PickingsPaul, L. A. (2015). Précis of" Transformative Experience".Transformative Experience by L.A. Paul [amazon.com affiliate link]

    • 1 u. 37 min.

Klantrecensies

4,9 van 5
36 beoordelingen

36 beoordelingen

Latek-Man ,

MasterPod

Tamler & Peez have been rattling off in my ears for years now, so I figured I would use my bathroom break to place a short rating. VBW might just have to be the funniest podcast on the internet; I can’t relate how many times I’ve laughed out loud while listening on my commute, while cleaning my apartment, or while performing a small but disturbing array of illicit activities (VBW, despite the Kantian bend, is really the podcast for all aspiring to be great misanthropes).
In any case, if you’re looking for the informal social science cousin of Harrison’s entitled opinions podcast, you’ve come to the right place.
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Poltical Economist ,

Not so shabby

I started listening to this podcast in 2013. Really enjoy the jokes and focus on the big questions. Have recommended this to everyone and do so here as well.

ibaxan ,

Wish they made more episodes

Great podcast. Always waiting for new episodes. I recommend listening at 1.3-1.5x speed as it makes the host seem especially articulate and sharp :)

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