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.
274 - Cascades - Greg Satell
In this episode we sit down with Greg Satell, a communication expert whose book, Cascades, details how rapid, widespread change can sweep across groups of people big and small, and how understanding the psychological mechanisms at play in such moments can help anyone looking to create change in a family, institution, or even nation, prepare for the inevitable resistance they will face.
273 - The Conspiracy Test - Jesse Richardson
In this episode Jesse Richardson tells us all about ConspiracyTest.org, a new project designed to be a weird, fun, and cleverly educational way to explore just how skeptical you are (and could be) about a variety of conspiracy theories. The whole thing is designed to be very sharable and very viral, and it's launching right before Thanksgiving 2023 so that you can share it with your conspiracy-theory-entertaining friends and family over the holidays, in person or over social media (but you should definitely try it out on yourself first).
272 - Quit! - Annie Duke (rebroadcast)
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.
271 - Survival of the Richest - Douglas Rushkoff (rebroadcast)
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.
270 - Defining Genius
In this show you'll hear the first episode of a documentary series I made about the difficulty of defining the word "genius," and out of that launching point it goes deep into the science of human potential and the history of the both the word and all the ideas we have attempted to understand and express when using it.
269 - Deconstructing How Minds Change - Michael Taft
In celebration of How Minds Change, my new book, turning one-year-old, in this episode Michael Taft interviews David McRaney about how minds do and do not change, the process behind writing a book about that, and what he has learned since writing and promoting it.
This podcast presents in a way that causes me to stop, think… sometimes reframe. I always appreciate it.
Much of my understanding of identity, belief, critical thinking, and all around what it is to be a good, contemplative human being has been deeply influenced by this podcast.
I find myself recommending it a /lot/
This podcast likes to make claims on how the way other people think (pick your group) is wrong and that they don’t do research in an unbiased matter, while then spewing out opinions that are not proven or backed by facts or studies. Even some of the joke fringe groups they go after are more unbiased than this. I tried to give it a chance through multiple episodes since my homie recommended this, but you literally have to shut your brain off to not see holes.