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    208 - The Extended Mind - Annie Murphy Paul

    208 - The Extended Mind - Annie Murphy Paul

    In this episode we sit down with Annie Murphy Paul, the acclaimed science writer, whose new book, The Extended Mind is all about how the brain is part of systems, and it is those systems that constitute the mind. In other words, our minds are not, as she puts it, brainbound, but they extend to our computers, our notebooks, our friends and neighbors and colleagues and partners. The environments in which we move, natural and otherwise, deeply influence how we think, what we think, and what we CAN think, and in addition, everything the brain does becomes a reference for extended thinking, and these feedback loops extend what the mind can do.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    207 - A Slight Change of Plans - Maya Shankar

    207 - A Slight Change of Plans - Maya Shankar

    A few weeks ago, Maya Shankar and her team reached out to me noting their new show, A Slight Change of Plans, which explores how various fascinating people have changed their minds, often after something unexpected happened in the story of their lives, overlapped in its interests and goals with You Are Not So Smart.

    One of her guests, Megan Phelps-Roper, was recently a guest on this show, and Daryl Davis is one of her guests who I’ve long wanted to feature on this podcast. So, as podcasters do from time to time, Maya wondered if she could come on this podcast to promote her podcast, and seeing as our interests and obsessions and work and overall mission aligned so strongly, I said, "Absolutely, I would love that," and this is that episode

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    206 - Narcissism

    206 - Narcissism

    In this episode we explore what narcissism is and what is most-definitely is not. You will learn is that narcissists are not psychopaths, and vice-versa, but there is a form of narcissism which had been, up until now, confused with psychopathy, and vice-versa. According to the research of the two psychologists in this episode, narcissism may even need to be renamed, because it isn't excessive self-love, it's excessive self-loathing. Narcissists like Don Draper in Mad Men cope with their insecurity by donning a mask, and then spend most of their lives protecting that mask out of a fear of what will happen if people ever see what it hides.

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    • 58 min
    205 - Unfollow - Megan Phelps-Roper

    205 - Unfollow - Megan Phelps-Roper

    In this episode we sit down with Megan Phelps-Roper, the author of Unfollow, a memoir of her time in Westboro Baptist Church, and an exploration what it took to convince her to leave. I interviewed Megan for my upcoming book, How Minds Change, and in this interview you will learn all about assimilation and accommodation, cult deprogrammers, and the steps Megan says one must take if they want to change someone's mind.

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    • 1 hr 50 min
    204 - On Being Certain - Robert Burton

    204 - On Being Certain - Robert Burton

    In this episode, we sit down with neurologist Robert Burton, author of On Being Certain, a book that fundamentally changed the way I think about what a belief actually is. That’s because the book posits that conclusions are not conscious choices and certainty is not even a thought process. Certainty and similar states of “knowing” as he puts it, are "sensations that feel like thoughts, but arise out of involuntary brain mechanisms that function independently of reason."

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    • 54 min
    203 - Transcend - Scott Barry Kaufman

    203 - Transcend - Scott Barry Kaufman

    In this episode we sit down with Scott Barry Kaufman, one of the most-influential and prolific psychologists working today, to discuss his new book, Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization.

    Business Insider magazine named Kaufman one of the “50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world,” and you would agree after hanging out with him. In my experience, you feel seen, heard, respected, challenged, and above all, when you leave a conversation with Scott, you do so feeling either like you must work on your purpose in life from that point on, or you must work to find it.

    In the show, we discuss our shared desire to bring humanistic psychology back to the forefront and walk through Kaufman’s re-imagining of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and trace Kaufman’s journey through Maslow’s unpublished journals about his unfinished theory of transcendence which Kaufman hopes to complete by picking up where Maslow left off just before his untimely death.

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    • 1 hr 9 min

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funancialism ,

Listener since 2015

Heard every episode, some more than once. Realizing the ways I’m not smart made me a lot smarter. Maybe one day I’ll be on and do an episode about behavior analysis and the money delusions people have! HMU Dave!!!! @funancialism on Instagram ❤️

GL888.888 ,

Hard to digest unless your looking to confirm your left leaning biases

Tag line “You are not so Smart” brought me in as we all need to listen and have more empathy and reasoning. Was disappointed as the words “cognitive science” are used to describe the show but in reality this is a pop-science with a heavy dose of personal beliefs (left leaning), logic fallacies and simply frustrating for a non partisan person who isn’t looking for a pat-on- the- back from University friends.

Tsarina9 ,

Awesome podcast!

Love this podcast! High quality content and fascinating to listen to! One of the best, if not the very best, psychology podcast I have heard.

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