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Very Bad Wizards

By Tamler Sommers & David Pizarro

Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.

  1. 1.
    Episode 141: Implicit Bias5 June 2018
    1:21:42
  2. 2.
    Episode 140: Milgram's Mice22 May 2018
    1:33:22
  3. 3.
    Episode 139: Honor, Identity, and Headbutts12 May 2018
    1:31:25
  4. 4.
    Episode 138: Memory, Pain, and Relationships (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)24 April 2018
    1:45:37
  5. 5.
    Episode 137: Are Buddhists Afraid to Die? (with Shaun Nichols)10 April 2018
    1:19:16
  6. 6.
    Episode 136: The Good Life (with Laurie Santos)27 March 2018
    1:32:09
  7. 7.
    Episode 135: Utilitarianism and Moral Identity13 March 2018
    1:16:43
  8. 8.
    Episode 134: Digital Outrage (with Molly Crockett)27 February 2018
    1:51:30
  1. 9.
    Episode 133: Death and Dreams6 February 2018
    1:15:18
  2. 10.
    Episode 132: Emotional Willpower (with David DeSteno)23 January 2018
    1:35:41
  3. 11.
    Episode 131: I Have No Genitals and I Must Scream9 January 2018
    1:39:43
  4. 12.
    Episode 130: Dehumanization and Disintegration (with Paul Bloom)26 December 2017
    1:32:37
  5. 13.
    Episode 129: Dystopias12 December 2017
    1:45:37
  6. 14.
    Episode 128: Fragmented Values and Sex Panics (with Christina Hoff Sommers)28 November 2017
    1:50:03
  7. 15.
    Episode 127: Moral Luck14 November 2017
    1:24:41
  8. 16.
    Episode 126: The Absurd24 October 2017
    1:32:12
  9. 17.
    Episode 125: Can You Feel It? 10 October 2017
    1:32:28
  10. 18.
    Episode 124: Dr. Strawson or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Episodic Life26 September 2017
    1:21:53
  11. 19.
    Episode 123: What Chilling Effect? (Intelligence Pt. 2)12 September 2017
    1:27:53
  12. 20.
    Episode 122: Nothing but a "G" Thing (Intelligence Pt. 1)29 August 2017
    1:40:39
  13. 21.
    Episode 121: The Beauty of Illusion - David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive"15 August 2017
    1:29:30
  14. 22.
    Episode 120: Clap Your Hand for Robert Wright25 July 2017
    1:47:08
  15. 23.
    Episode 119: A Brief History of Values12 July 2017
    1:26:11
  16. 24.
    Episode 118: We Don't Love Them Hoax28 June 2017
    1:12:49
  17. 25.
    Episode 117: Extended Minds, Extended Foreskins13 June 2017
    1:11:11
  18. 26.
    Episode 116: Pain, Pleasure, and Peer-Reviewed Penises31 May 2017
    1:16:45
  19. 27.
    Episode 115: Which Field is More Fu@%ed: Philosophy or Psychology? 16 May 2017
    1:37:27
  20. 28.
    Episode 114: Great Vengeance and Furious Anger (Top 5 Movies About Revenge)4 May 2017
    1:21:13
  21. 29.
    Episode 113: Pascal, Probability, and Pitchforks18 April 2017
    1:18:16
  22. 30.
    Episode 112: Gettier Goggles4 April 2017
    1:31:55
  23. 31.
    Episode 111: Our Language Doesn't Have a Word For This Title (with Yoel Inbar) 22 March 2017
    1:03:20
  24. 32.
    Episode 110: Stepsisters and Neck Braces (with Yoel Inbar)14 March 2017
    41:50
  25. 33.
    Episode 109: Moral Pluralism: Behind the Lube28 February 2017
    1:11:43
  26. 34.
    Episode 108: The Gimp Exception7 February 2017
    1:14:41
  27. 35.
    Episode 107: Winking Under Oppression (with Manuel Vargas)24 January 2017
    1:21:10
  28. 36.
    Episode 106: American Grandstand10 January 2017
    1:17:58
  29. 37.
    Episode 105: Wizards With (Reactive) Attitudes28 December 2016
    1:23:04
  30. 38.
    Episode 104: Smelling Salts for Morality: Our Top 3 Movies About Empathy (with Paul Bloom)14 December 2016
    1:33:38
  31. 39.
    Episode 103: Very Bad Utopias29 November 2016
    1:07:28
  32. 40.
    Episode 102: Red, Black, and Blue15 November 2016
    1:37:29
  33. 41.
    Episode 101: Having Desert and Eating It Too1 November 2016
    1:28:06
  34. 42.
    Episode 100: It's a Celebration13 October 2016
    1:38:24
  35. 43.
    Episode 99: Mockingbirds, Destructo-Critics, and Mr. Robot27 September 2016
    2:03:28
  36. 44.
    Episode 98: Mind the Gap13 September 2016
    1:22:27
  37. 45.
    Episode 97: Dogmatic Slumber Party30 August 2016
    1:23:01
  38. 46.
    Episode 96: Memory and Meaning in "Memento" (with Paul Bloom)16 August 2016
    1:26:53
  39. 47.
    Bonus Episode: More Doobie-ous Theories About "Mr. Robot" (Season 2)9 August 2016
    29:55
  40. 48.
    Episode 95: The Repugnance of Repugnance2 August 2016
    1:28:34
  41. 49.
    Episode 94: Buttery Friendships19 July 2016
    1:36:32
  42. 50.
    Episode 93: Avalanches, Blame, and Cowardice (With Yoel Inbar)5 July 2016
    1:39:01
  43. 51.
    Episode 92: Jonathan Edwards' Basement21 June 2016
    1:08:29
  44. 52.
    Episode 91: Rage Against the Machines7 June 2016
    1:24:03
  45. 53.
    Episode 90: Of Mice and Morals25 May 2016
    1:20:49
  46. 54.
    Episode 89: Shame on You (with Jennifer Jacquet)10 May 2016
    1:37:53
  47. 55.
    Episode 88: A Doobie for Elijah26 April 2016
    1:20:55
  48. 56.
    Episode 87: Lucky You (with Robert Frank)12 April 2016
    1:19:52
  49. 57.
    Episode 86: Guns, Shame, and the Meaning of Punishment22 March 2016
    1:14:58
  50. 58.
    Episode 85: A Zoo with Only One Animal (with Paul Bloom)12 March 2016
    1:09:44
  51. 59.
    Episode 84: Lifting the Veil23 February 2016
    1:33:19
  52. 60.
    Episode 83: Ego Trip9 February 2016
    1:01:34
  53. 61.
    Episode 82: Totalitarian Slide-Rulers26 January 2016
    1:05:30
  54. 62.
    Episode 81: Domo Arigato, Mr. Robot (With Yoel Inbar)12 January 2016
    1:47:10
  55. 63.
    Episode 80: The Coddling of the Wizard Mind (with Vlad Chituc and Christina Hoff Sommers)21 December 2015
    1:40:51
  56. 64.
    Episode 79: Good Lives, Good Friends, and Gay Mormons (with Valerie Tiberius)4 December 2015
    1:47:31
  57. 65.
    Episode 78: Wizards Uprising24 November 2015
    1:08:33
  58. 66.
    Episode 77: On the Moral Nature of Nazis, Jerks, and Ethicists (with Eric Schwitzgebel)9 November 2015
    1:20:03
  59. 67.
    Episode 76: Cha-Cha-changes26 October 2015
    1:02:50
  60. 68.
    Episode 75: A Golden Shower of Guests6 October 2015
    2:29:51
  61. 69.
    Episode 74: Lies, Damned Lies, and Ashley Madison16 September 2015
    1:53:45
  62. 70.
    Episode 73: Authentic Apes and Infinite Torture12 August 2015
    1:08:42
  63. 71.
    Episode 72: Tweenie Turing Tests, AI, and Ex Machina (with Joshua Weisberg)28 July 2015
    1:32:33
  64. 72.
    Episode 71: The Murky Morals and Mysterious Metaphysics of "Mr. Robot"14 July 2015
    1:06:36
  65. 73.
    Episode 70: Some Favorite Things29 June 2015
    1:34:51
  66. 74.
    Episode 69: CHiPs on Our Shoulders (Lessons in Objectivity)17 June 2015
    1:33:40
  67. 75.
    Episode 68: Risky, Reckless, and Regretful1 June 2015
    1:14:15
  68. 76.
    Episode 67: Funny How? 18 May 2015
    1:17:07
  69. 77.
    Episode 66: √úbermensch at Work20 April 2015
    1:24:51
  70. 78.
    Episode 65: Philocalypse Now6 April 2015
    1:19:21
  71. 79.
    Episode 64: Believing in a Just World19 March 2015
    1:13:23
  72. 80.
    Episode 63: Stalemates and Closets (with Sam Harris)28 February 2015
    2:46:41
  73. 81.
    Episode 62: Brain Jizz and "Black Mirror"9 February 2015
    1:01:01
  74. 82.
    Episode 61: Putting a Little Meaning in Your Life19 January 2015
    1:15:26
  75. 83.
    Episode 60: Drunk on Intuitions2 January 2015
    1:12:41
  76. 84.
    Episode 59: Tumors All the Way Down (With Sam Harris)16 December 2014
    2:32:15
  77. 85.
    Episode 58: Do the Right Thing (with Yoel Inbar)2 December 2014
    1:30:26
  78. 86.
    Episode 57: Free Willie18 November 2014
    45:38
  79. 87.
    Episode 56: Moral Heroes and Drunk Utilitarians3 November 2014
    1:10:42
  80. 88.
    Episode 55: Rooting for Evil (With Paul Bloom)21 October 2014
    1:18:17
  81. 89.
    Episode 54: Pooping on Ecstasy (Pain, Pleasure, and the Ethics of Breeding)24 September 2014
    1:17:50
  82. 90.
    Episode 53: The Psychology People Love to Hate (Evolutionary Psychology Pt.1)8 September 2014
    1:15:20
  83. 91.
    Episode 52: Thought Experiments (Huh!) What Are They Good For? (Part 2)25 August 2014
    1:16:35
  84. 92.
    Episode 51: Zombies, Trolleys, and Galileo's Balls12 August 2014
    1:18:33
  85. 93.
    Episode 50: Keeping it Unreal 15 July 2014
    1:27:03
  86. 94.
    Episode 49: Psychopaths and Contrastivizzzzzzzz (With Walter Sinnott-Armstrong)23 June 2014
    1:43:42
  87. 95.
    Episode 48: Restorative Circle Jerk9 June 2014
    1:08:00
  88. 96.
    Episode 47: Schooled By Our Listeners22 May 2014
    1:02:08
  89. 97.
    Episode 46: The Real Josh Knobe5 May 2014
    1:04:20
  90. 98.
    Episode 45: Rounded Brains and Balanced "Play Diets"21 April 2014
    1:08:26
  91. 99.
    Episode 44: Killer Robots5 April 2014
    1:08:39
  92. 100.
    Episode 43: The Nature of Nudges17 March 2014
    50:03
  93. 101.
    Episode 42: Reason, Responsibility, and Roombas (With Paul Bloom)3 March 2014
    1:07:58
  94. 102.
    Episode 41: Moral Dilemmas at the Movies19 February 2014
    1:37:39
  95. 103.
    Episode 40: How Many Moralities Are There? Pt. 2 (with Jesse Graham)3 February 2014
    1:19:58
  96. 104.
    Episode 39: How Many Moralities Are There? (Pt.1)20 January 2014
    59:48
  97. 105.
    Episode 38: The Greatest Movies Ever Made about Personal Identity31 December 2013
    1:21:23
  98. 106.
    Episode 37: Porn, Poop, and Personal Identity (with Nina Strohminger)17 December 2013
    45:47
  99. 107.
    Episode 36: An Irresponsible Meta-Book Review of Joshua Greene's "Moral Tribes"25 November 2013
    55:12
  100. 108.
    Episode 35: Douchebags and Desert11 November 2013
    1:01:03
  101. 109.
    Episode 34: Does Reading Harry Potter Make You Moral? (with Will Wilkinson)28 October 2013
    1:13:59
  102. 110.
    Episode 33: Monkeys, Smurfs, and Human Conformity (With Laurie Santos)14 October 2013
    57:09
  103. 111.
    Episode 32: Disagreeing About Disagreement30 September 2013
    1:18:39
  104. 112.
    Episode 31: An Anthropologist's Guide to Moral Psychology (Pt. 1)16 September 2013
    54:54
  105. 113.
    Episode 30: The Greatest Books Ever Written2 September 2013
    1:11:48
  106. 114.
    Episode 29: PEDs, Tenure Pills, and "Hyberbolic Chambers"19 August 2013
    47:54
  107. 115.
    Episode 28: Moral Persuasion5 August 2013
    1:09:04
  108. 116.
    Episode 27: You, Your Self, and Your Brain (With Eddy Nahmias)22 July 2013
    1:22:14
  109. 117.
    Episode 26: Evolution and Sexual Perversion (with Jesse Bering)8 July 2013
    1:21:29
  110. 118.
    Episode 25: Burning Armchairs (with Joshua Knobe)24 June 2013
    58:28
  111. 119.
    Episode 24: The Perils of Empathy (with Paul Bloom)10 June 2013
    1:23:01
  112. 120.
    Episode 23: Straw Dogs (with Yoel Inbar)27 May 2013
    1:16:24
  113. 121.
    Episode 22: An Enquiry Concerning Slurs and Offensiveness12 May 2013
    1:04:09
  114. 122.
    Episode 21: Grad School6 May 2013
    1:33:25
  115. 123.
    Episode 20: Boston, Brains, and Bad Pronunciation (with Molly Crockett)21 April 2013
    1:00:20
  116. 124.
    Episode 19: The Burning Bridges Episode (Pt. 2)6 April 2013
    1:03:09
  117. 125.
    Episode 18: "Boy If Life Were Only Like This" (With Joe Henrich)22 March 2013
    49:54
  118. 126.
    Episode 17: Learning about Bushmen by Studying Freshmen?16 March 2013
    50:12
  119. 127.
    Episode 16: Race, Reparations, and American (In)Justice (with Damani McDole)2 March 2013
    1:00:21
  120. 128.
    Episode 15: The Burning Bridges Episode (Pt. 1)16 February 2013
    53:50
  121. 129.
    Episode 14: Bonus Episode on Snitches, Tattletales, and Whistleblowers8 February 2013
    27:14
  122. 130.
    Episode 13: Beanballs, Blood Feuds, and Collective Moral Responsibility (With Fiery Cushman)22 January 2013
    1:00:09
  123. 131.
    Episode 12: Justice for #!$@ ?14 January 2013
    1:13:05
  124. 132.
    Episode 11: It is Morally Wrong to Kill Morgan Freeman (with Yoel Inbar)28 December 2012
    1:15:48
  125. 133.
    Episode 10: Religion, Meaning, and Morality11 December 2012
    58:52
  126. 134.
    Episode 9: Social Psychology, Situationism, and Moral Character3 December 2012
    1:08:48
  127. 135.
    Episode 8: Dishonesty, Character, and Dan Ariely12 November 2012
    1:11:03
  128. 136.
    Episode 7: Psychopaths and Utilitarians Pt. 2 (Now with more poo poo)4 November 2012
    1:07:00
  129. 137.
    Episode 6: Trolleys, Utilitarians, and Psychopaths (Part 1)20 October 2012
    1:01:39
  130. 138.
    Episode 5: Revenge, Pt. 2: The Revenge8 October 2012
    1:05:02
  131. 139.
    Episode 4: Revenge, Pt. 120 September 2012
    51:34
  132. 140.
    Episode 3: "We believe in nothing!" (Cultural diversity, relativism, and moral truth)8 September 2012
    1:01:34
  133. 141.
    Episode 2: The "Dangerous Truth" about Free Will (Free Will and Morality, Pt. 2)1 September 2012
    1:13:50
  134. 142.
    Episode 1: Brains, Robots, and Free Will (Free Will and Morality Pt. 1)30 August 2012
    1:10:51

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