240 episodes

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.

    243 - Psychological Tweetathon with Jay Van Bavel

    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.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    242 - Survival of the Richest - Douglas Rushkoff

    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.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    241 - The Status Game - Will Storr

    241 - The Status Game - Will Storr

    In this episode we welcome back author Will Storr whose new book, The Status Game, feels like required reading for anyone confused, curious, or worried about how politics, cults, conspiracy theories communities, social media, religious fundamentalism, polarization, and extremism are affecting us - everywhere, on and offline, across cultures, and across the world.
    What is The Status Game? It’s our primate propensity to perpetually pursue points that will provide a higher level of regard among the people who can (if we provoked such a response) take those points away. And deeper still, it’s the propensity to, once we find a group of people who regularly give us those points, care about what they think more than just about anything else.
    In the interview, we discuss our inescapable obsession with reputation and why we are deeply motivated to avoid losing this game through the fear of shame, ostracism, embarrassment, and humiliation while also deeply motivated to win this game by earning what will provide pride, fame, adoration, respect, and status.

    Live Event at Caveat: https://caveat.nyc/event/how-minds-change-9-20-2022 
    How Minds Change: www.davidmcraney.com/howmindschangehome
    Show Notes: www.youarenotsosmart.com 
    Newsletter: https://davidmcraney.substack.com
    Will Storr’s Website: https://willstorr.com 
    Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart

    • 1 hr 17 min
    240 - QAnon and Conspiracy Narratives (rebroadcast)

    240 - QAnon and Conspiracy Narratives (rebroadcast)

    When we talk about conspiracy theories we tend to focus on what people believe instead of why, and, more importantly, why they believe those things and not other things. In this episode, we sit down with two psychologists working to change that, and in addition, change the term itself from conspiracy theory to conspiracy narrative, which more accurately describes what makes any one conspiracy appealing enough to form a community around it and in rare cases result in collective action.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    239 - You're Invited - Jon Levy

    239 - You're Invited - Jon Levy

    Our guest in this episode is the behavioral scientist Jon Levy who wrote a book titled You’re Invited, the Art and Science of Cultivating influence. The book details how Jon was able to convince groups of Nobel Laureates, Olympians, celebrities, Fortune 500 executives, and even a princess to not only give him advice, but cook him dinner, wash his dishes, sweep his floors, and then thank him for the experience. 

    How Minds Change: www.davidmcraney.com/howmindschangehome
    Contest: https://sites.prh.com/hmc-giveaway 
    Show Notes: www.youarenotsosmart.com 
    Newsletter: https://davidmcraney.substack.com
    Jon Levy's Website: https://www.jonlevytlb.com 
    Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart

    • 1 hr 4 min
    238 - Chess Queens - Jennifer Shahade

    238 - Chess Queens - Jennifer Shahade

    In this episode we sit down with Jennifer Shahade, a two-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion, author, speaker, and professional poker player whose new book, Chess Queens, is the true story of the greatest female players of all time interwoven with her own experiences as a chess champion.

    How Minds Change: www.davidmcraney.com/howmindschangehome
    Contest: https://sites.prh.com/hmc-giveaway 
    Show Notes: www.youarenotsosmart.com 
    Newsletter: https://davidmcraney.substack.com
    Jennifer Shahade’s Website: https://jennifershahade.com 
    Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Dingo's Mother ,

Favorite Podcast

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!

Nickname1792804 ,

Aha Moment Generator and Empathy

I love that David does a great job at manufacturing Aha moments. I love looking backward at a topic to see that I completely failed to acknowledge that there was an alternative to the way I was thinking.

I am also rejuvenated by David’s sense of empathy. This comes up strongly in the episodes on conspiratorial thinking, COVID, etc. He provides a means of understanding the other side without providing legitimacy or correctness, but EMPATHY. I could listen to an entire spinoff podcast series on understanding “the other side” (that doesn’t make judgments or demonize other people).

vern mihill ,

Great stuff!

My favorite topic in a great podcast.

..And the intro music is amazing!

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