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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.

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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.

    251 - Come up for Air - Nick Sonnenberg

    251 - Come up for Air - Nick Sonnenberg

    Nick Sonnenberg doesn’t believe there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. That’s because when his business was in crisis mode, he developed a framework for eliminating inefficiencies and preventing the sort of metawork – working on working – that leads to scavenger hunts and meetings that could be emails, and for that matter, email runarounds that get everyone ever farther from inbox zero. He turned that framework into a consultancy business, and put it all together in a new book for people who feel underwater titled Come up For Air.

    • 44 min
    250 - Awe - Dacher Keltner

    250 - Awe - Dacher Keltner

    In this episode we sit down with psychologist Dacher Keltner, one of the world’s leading experts on the science of emotion, the man Pixar hired to help them write Inside Out. In his new book – Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life – he outlines his years of work in this field, the health benefits of awe, the evolutionary origins and likely functions, and how to better pursue more awe and wonder in your own life.

    • 54 min
    249 - The Power of Surprise (rebroadcast)

    249 - The Power of Surprise (rebroadcast)

    In this episode, Micheal Rousell, author of The Power of Surprise, explains the science of surprise at the level of neurons and brain structures, and then talk about how surprises often lead to the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the different personal narratives that guide our behaviors and motivations and goals, and, perhaps most importantly, our willingness to be surprised again so that we can change and grow.

    • 1 hr
    248 - Visual Thinking - Temple Grandin

    248 - Visual Thinking - Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin was born in 1947 at a time when words like neurodivergent and neurotypical had yet to enter the lexicon, at a time when autism was not well understood, and since she didn’t develop speech until much later than most children she might have led a much different life if it hadn’t been for people around her who worked very hard to open up a space for her to thrive and explore her talents and abilities. In this episode we discuss all that as well as her latest book, Visual Thinking, all about three distinct ways that human brains create human minds to make sense of the world outside of their skulls.

    • 47 min
    247 - Narcissism (rebroadcast)

    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.

    • 56 min
    246 - Ideaflow - Jeremy Utley

    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.

    • 1 hr 11 min

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1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

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Thought provoking podcast

I stumbled upon this podcast and have loved it. The shows really make me think about how to apply learnings in the real world! Great work

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On the oldest episodes

I’ve seen a lot of recently negative reviews, so I just wanted to say, the oldest episodes are from 2012/2013. It’s a great way to connect back to the world 10 years ago and the host is the most genuine enthusiastic person ever, which is just awesome! Also just gonna say #leftisbest

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I first saw David on the Atheist Experience, he has since introduced me to so many good books, thoughts, and ideas. This podcast makes me think. Thank you, David!

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