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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.

    219 - Irrational Labs - Evelyn Gosnell

    219 - Irrational Labs - Evelyn Gosnell

    In this episode we sit down with expert in behavioral economics Evelyn Gosnell, who is also the managing director of Irrational Labs, an organization that uses social science to help other organizations make big decisions, fight misinformation, and design better products and services.

    In a new information ecosystems where our primate brains, which evolved to spread gossip and argue and debate and deliberate and play status games and manage our reparations among trusted peers and signal our attitudes about what we perceive as "us" versus what we perceive as "them," several organizations are helping the places where we gather to do these things create better environments in which to do them.

    Evelyn Gosnell is the managing director of one of those organizations, Irrational Labs, and on this show – a podcast about the science of judgment, decision making, bias, and reasoning – she will give us a behind-the-scenes look at how they use the latest research, and conduct their own research, to improve the world. 

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    • 44 min
    218 - Unwinding Anxiety - Jud Brewer

    218 - Unwinding Anxiety - Jud Brewer

    In this episode, Dr. Jud Brewer, a neuroscientist and addiction psychiatrist, discusses the biological origins of anxiety and how to unwind our feedback loops using techniques derived from his lab’s research.

    Since his last appearance on the show, Dr. Jud has written and published a book which is now a NYT bestseller titled Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind which he describes as, “a clinically proven step-by-step plan to break the cycle of worry and fear that drives anxiety and addictive habits.”

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    • 57 min
    217 - Livewired - David Eagleman (rebroadcast)

    217 - Livewired - David Eagleman (rebroadcast)

    In this episode we sit down with neuroscientist David Eagleman to learn how brains turn noise into signal, chaos into order, electrical spikes into meaning, and how new technology can expand subjective reality in ways never before possible. 

    In his new book, Livewired, Eagleman explores how brains come into the world "half baked" so they can create reality itself out of the inputs and experiences available. And now, thanks to that plug-and-play plasticity, with the latest tools, not only can we return senses to people who've lost them, but we can add to any brain senses we can't imagine. 

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    216 - Shape - Jordan Ellenberg

    216 - Shape - Jordan Ellenberg

    In this episode, we sit down with Jordan Ellenberg, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    His writing has appeared in Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe, and he is the New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong – but in this episode we will discuss his new book, Shape: The hidden geometry of information, biology, strategy, democracy and everything else.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    215 - Jerks at Work - Tessa West

    215 - Jerks at Work - Tessa West

    In this live taping of the podcast at Caveat in NYC, Dr. Tessa West, the author of Jerks at Work, conducts quizzes to see what kind of jerk you are and what kind of jerk most-easily persuades you in the workplace. You will also learn how to counteract the behaviors of people who make work suck more than it should. 

    West is a leading expert on interpersonal interaction and communication and will explain how to make work suck less as we return to our offices and figure out how to balance working remotely with working in-person after a year of re-imagining what work even means. West’s new book is an exploration of all the psychological research into how and why gaslighters, bulldozers, neglectors, micromanagers and more do their thing in our workplaces and how to use what we know from decades of psychological research to counteract their Machiavellian machinations.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    214 - Exploring Genius

    214 - Exploring Genius

    Over the course of this audio documentary series, David McRaney explores the history and science of intelligence, IQ, and remarkable talent through interviews with dozens of intelligence experts and actual "geniuses" (a 5-year-old prodigy, the man with the highest IQ ever recorded, etc). McRaney wrestles with the complexity of GENIUS as a cultural construct and considers how we can unlock its positive potential within ourselves.

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    What You'll Learn:
    - The history of the word and concept of genius
    - How genius gets measured and defined
    - What life is like for geniuses, in the past, now and in the future

    From the creator of YANSS, a new 6-part, 7-hour audio documentary exploring the science and history of the idea and word, “genius,” featuring dozens of interviews with experts and those with extraordinary talents and extreme intelligence.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

bethbee ,

Great

I love David’s curiosity and attitude. I love the deep dives into relevant psychology topics. Thank you for making these podcasts.

maggiem79 ,

Freaking smart

This podcast always makes me consider so something new. Love the long format and challenging questions

kaarenep ,

I wish this podcast didn’t do the vaccine podcast. Disregarding so many legitimate concerns

Why would we need to convince individuals of this. Disregarding very valid reason for a person not getting a vaccine. You should have kept this as a vague changing people’s mind podcast. I listened but felt badly that we need to convince people to inject something experimental into their bodies if someone truly feels they aren’t ready or they have a religious reason. Just seemed to step over the line for me.

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