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    200 - Socks and Crocs (rebroadcast)

    200 - Socks and Crocs (rebroadcast)

    When facing a novel and uncertain situation, the brain secretly disambiguates the ambiguous without letting you know it was ever uncertain in the first place, leading people who disambiguate differently to seem iNsAnE.

    This episode is about why we so often don't understand why we disagree, which leads us to disagree even more, and we explore that through the science behind The Dress. We look into why some people see it as black and blue, others see it as white and gold, and how the scientific investigation of why that is led to the scientific investigation of socks and Crocs, and how the scientific investigation of socks and Crocs may be, as one researcher explains, the nuclear bomb of cognitive neuroscience.

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    • 1 hr 36 min
    199 - Math Without Numbers

    199 - Math Without Numbers

    In this episode we explore the weirdness and wonder of Math Without Numbers with mathematician Milo Beckman who wrote a book about the math behind multiple infinities, strange topologies, and extra dimensions, all without using numbers to explain some of the most fascinating and complex ideas that usually only make sense when scribbled in strange notations on a blackboard. 

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    • 56 min
    198 - Reflection and Insurrection

    198 - Reflection and Insurrection

    In this episode, we explore the psychological mechanisms that led to the the storming of the Capitol, an event that sprang from a widespread belief in a conspiracy theory that, even weeks later, still persists among millions.

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    • 52 min
    197 - Conspiratorial Thinking

    197 - Conspiratorial Thinking

    Over the last few years, this show has devoted many shows to the psychology behind what we saw in the Capitol in January 2021. So, in this episode, we re-listen to three interviews on conspiratorial thinking to gain some perspective.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    196 - Art (rebroadcast)

    196 - Art (rebroadcast)

    Moira Dillon studies how “the physical world in which we live shapes the abstract world in which we think,” and in this episode we travel to her Lab for the Developing Mind at NYU to sit down and ask her a zillion questions about how the brain creates the reality we interact with, and how we attempt to communicate that reality to others through language, art, geometry, and mathematics.

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    • 1 hr 42 min
    195 - Clearer Thinking

    195 - Clearer Thinking

    In this episode we sit down with Spencer Greenberg to discuss how to be better critical thinkers using his FIRE method and other insights from his website, ClearerThinking.org

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    • 1 hr 19 min

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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 ❤️

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Really love this podcast. It has introduced me to do many mind opening topics. I especially love the episode “how to talk to people about things”. I have noticed that more recently, David is spending more time talking/framing a question than before. I liked when he got his guests speaking more

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