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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 153: Progress in Psychology: A Reply to BootyBootyFartFart12/04/2018
    1:46:52
  2. 2.
    Episode 152: Ruthlessness, Public and Private11/20/2018
    1:21:30
  3. 3.
    Episode 151: Viddy Well, My Listeners (Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange")11/06/2018
    2:04:08
  4. 4.
    Episode 150: Paul Bloom Insisted That We Talk About Sex Robots10/23/2018
    1:26:23
  5. 5.
    Episode 149: Death, Immortality, and Porn (Intuition) Pumps10/02/2018
    1:41:41
  6. 6.
    Episode 148: Am I Wrong? 09/19/2018
    1:41:19
  7. 7.
    Episode 147: Effective Altruism and Moral Uncertainty (with The One True Scotsman, Will MacAskill)09/04/2018
    1:43:19
  8. 8.
    Episode 146: Sore Losers (Does Sports Make Us Unhappy?)08/21/2018
    1:12:41
  1. 9.
    Episode 145: Lost in Borges' Garden08/07/2018
    1:37:02
  2. 10.
    Episode 144: Borges' Babylon07/24/2018
    1:23:56
  3. 11.
    Episode 143: The Psychology of Personality 07/10/2018
    1:39:41
  4. 12.
    Episode 142: Suicide (with Matthew Nock)06/26/2018
    1:30:41
  5. 13.
    Episode 141: Implicit Bias06/05/2018
    1:21:42
  6. 14.
    Episode 140: Milgram's Mice05/22/2018
    1:33:22
  7. 15.
    Episode 139: Honor, Identity, and Headbutts05/12/2018
    1:31:25
  8. 16.
    Episode 138: Memory, Pain, and Relationships (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)04/24/2018
    1:45:37
  9. 17.
    Episode 137: Are Buddhists Afraid to Die? (with Shaun Nichols)04/10/2018
    1:19:16
  10. 18.
    Episode 136: The Good Life (with Laurie Santos)03/27/2018
    1:32:09
  11. 19.
    Episode 135: Utilitarianism and Moral Identity03/13/2018
    1:16:43
  12. 20.
    Episode 134: Digital Outrage (with Molly Crockett)02/27/2018
    1:51:30
  13. 21.
    Episode 133: Death and Dreams02/06/2018
    1:15:18
  14. 22.
    Episode 132: Emotional Willpower (with David DeSteno)01/23/2018
    1:35:41
  15. 23.
    Episode 131: I Have No Genitals and I Must Scream01/09/2018
    1:39:43
  16. 24.
    Episode 130: Dehumanization and Disintegration (with Paul Bloom)12/26/2017
    1:32:37
  17. 25.
    Episode 129: Dystopias12/12/2017
    1:45:37
  18. 26.
    Episode 128: Fragmented Values and Sex Panics (with Christina Hoff Sommers)11/28/2017
    1:50:03
  19. 27.
    Episode 127: Moral Luck11/14/2017
    1:24:41
  20. 28.
    Episode 126: The Absurd10/24/2017
    1:32:12
  21. 29.
    Episode 125: Can You Feel It? 10/10/2017
    1:32:28
  22. 30.
    Episode 124: Dr. Strawson or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Episodic Life09/26/2017
    1:21:53
  23. 31.
    Episode 123: What Chilling Effect? (Intelligence Pt. 2)09/12/2017
    1:27:53
  24. 32.
    Episode 122: Nothing but a "G" Thing (Intelligence Pt. 1)08/29/2017
    1:40:39
  25. 33.
    Episode 121: The Beauty of Illusion - David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive"08/15/2017
    1:29:30
  26. 34.
    Episode 120: Clap Your Hand for Robert Wright07/25/2017
    1:47:08
  27. 35.
    Episode 119: A Brief History of Values07/12/2017
    1:26:11
  28. 36.
    Episode 118: We Don't Love Them Hoax06/28/2017
    1:12:49
  29. 37.
    Episode 117: Extended Minds, Extended Foreskins06/13/2017
    1:11:11
  30. 38.
    Episode 116: Pain, Pleasure, and Peer-Reviewed Penises05/31/2017
    1:16:45
  31. 39.
    Episode 115: Which Field is More Fu@%ed: Philosophy or Psychology? 05/16/2017
    1:37:27
  32. 40.
    Episode 114: Great Vengeance and Furious Anger (Top 5 Movies About Revenge)05/04/2017
    1:21:13
  33. 41.
    Episode 113: Pascal, Probability, and Pitchforks04/18/2017
    1:18:16
  34. 42.
    Episode 112: Gettier Goggles04/04/2017
    1:31:55
  35. 43.
    Episode 111: Our Language Doesn't Have a Word For This Title (with Yoel Inbar) 03/22/2017
    1:03:20
  36. 44.
    Episode 110: Stepsisters and Neck Braces (with Yoel Inbar)03/14/2017
    41:50
  37. 45.
    Episode 109: Moral Pluralism: Behind the Lube02/28/2017
    1:11:43
  38. 46.
    Episode 108: The Gimp Exception02/07/2017
    1:14:41
  39. 47.
    Episode 107: Winking Under Oppression (with Manuel Vargas)01/24/2017
    1:21:10
  40. 48.
    Episode 106: American Grandstand01/10/2017
    1:17:58
  41. 49.
    Episode 105: Wizards With (Reactive) Attitudes12/28/2016
    1:23:04
  42. 50.
    Episode 104: Smelling Salts for Morality: Our Top 3 Movies About Empathy (with Paul Bloom)12/14/2016
    1:33:38
  43. 51.
    Episode 103: Very Bad Utopias11/29/2016
    1:07:28
  44. 52.
    Episode 102: Red, Black, and Blue11/15/2016
    1:37:29
  45. 53.
    Episode 101: Having Desert and Eating It Too11/01/2016
    1:28:06
  46. 54.
    Episode 100: It's a Celebration10/13/2016
    1:38:24
  47. 55.
    Episode 99: Mockingbirds, Destructo-Critics, and Mr. Robot09/27/2016
    2:03:28
  48. 56.
    Episode 98: Mind the Gap09/13/2016
    1:22:27
  49. 57.
    Episode 97: Dogmatic Slumber Party08/30/2016
    1:23:01
  50. 58.
    Episode 96: Memory and Meaning in "Memento" (with Paul Bloom)08/16/2016
    1:26:53
  51. 59.
    Bonus Episode: More Doobie-ous Theories About "Mr. Robot" (Season 2)08/09/2016
    29:55
  52. 60.
    Episode 95: The Repugnance of Repugnance08/02/2016
    1:28:34
  53. 61.
    Episode 94: Buttery Friendships07/19/2016
    1:36:32
  54. 62.
    Episode 93: Avalanches, Blame, and Cowardice (With Yoel Inbar)07/05/2016
    1:39:01
  55. 63.
    Episode 92: Jonathan Edwards' Basement06/21/2016
    1:08:29
  56. 64.
    Episode 91: Rage Against the Machines06/07/2016
    1:24:03
  57. 65.
    Episode 90: Of Mice and Morals05/25/2016
    1:20:49
  58. 66.
    Episode 89: Shame on You (with Jennifer Jacquet)05/10/2016
    1:37:53
  59. 67.
    Episode 88: A Doobie for Elijah04/26/2016
    1:20:55
  60. 68.
    Episode 87: Lucky You (with Robert Frank)04/12/2016
    1:19:52
  61. 69.
    Episode 86: Guns, Shame, and the Meaning of Punishment03/22/2016
    1:14:58
  62. 70.
    Episode 85: A Zoo with Only One Animal (with Paul Bloom)03/12/2016
    1:09:44
  63. 71.
    Episode 84: Lifting the Veil02/23/2016
    1:33:19
  64. 72.
    Episode 83: Ego Trip02/09/2016
    1:01:34
  65. 73.
    Episode 82: Totalitarian Slide-Rulers01/26/2016
    1:05:30
  66. 74.
    Episode 81: Domo Arigato, Mr. Robot (With Yoel Inbar)01/12/2016
    1:47:10
  67. 75.
    Episode 80: The Coddling of the Wizard Mind (with Vlad Chituc and Christina Hoff Sommers)12/21/2015
    1:40:51
  68. 76.
    Episode 79: Good Lives, Good Friends, and Gay Mormons (with Valerie Tiberius)12/04/2015
    1:47:31
  69. 77.
    Episode 78: Wizards Uprising11/24/2015
    1:08:33
  70. 78.
    Episode 77: On the Moral Nature of Nazis, Jerks, and Ethicists (with Eric Schwitzgebel)11/09/2015
    1:20:03
  71. 79.
    Episode 76: Cha-Cha-changes10/26/2015
    1:02:50
  72. 80.
    Episode 75: A Golden Shower of Guests10/06/2015
    2:29:51
  73. 81.
    Episode 74: Lies, Damned Lies, and Ashley Madison09/16/2015
    1:53:45
  74. 82.
    Episode 73: Authentic Apes and Infinite Torture08/12/2015
    1:08:42
  75. 83.
    Episode 72: Tweenie Turing Tests, AI, and Ex Machina (with Joshua Weisberg)07/28/2015
    1:32:33
  76. 84.
    Episode 71: The Murky Morals and Mysterious Metaphysics of "Mr. Robot"07/14/2015
    1:06:36
  77. 85.
    Episode 70: Some Favorite Things06/29/2015
    1:34:51
  78. 86.
    Episode 69: CHiPs on Our Shoulders (Lessons in Objectivity)06/17/2015
    1:33:40
  79. 87.
    Episode 68: Risky, Reckless, and Regretful06/01/2015
    1:14:15
  80. 88.
    Episode 67: Funny How? 05/18/2015
    1:17:07
  81. 89.
    Episode 66: Übermensch at Work04/20/2015
    1:24:51
  82. 90.
    Episode 65: Philocalypse Now04/06/2015
    1:19:21
  83. 91.
    Episode 64: Believing in a Just World03/19/2015
    1:13:23
  84. 92.
    Episode 63: Stalemates and Closets (with Sam Harris)02/28/2015
    2:46:41
  85. 93.
    Episode 62: Brain Jizz and "Black Mirror"02/09/2015
    1:01:01
  86. 94.
    Episode 61: Putting a Little Meaning in Your Life01/19/2015
    1:15:26
  87. 95.
    Episode 60: Drunk on Intuitions01/02/2015
    1:12:41
  88. 96.
    Episode 59: Tumors All the Way Down (With Sam Harris)12/16/2014
    2:32:15
  89. 97.
    Episode 58: Do the Right Thing (with Yoel Inbar)12/02/2014
    1:30:26
  90. 98.
    Episode 57: Free Willie11/18/2014
    45:38
  91. 99.
    Episode 56: Moral Heroes and Drunk Utilitarians11/03/2014
    1:10:42
  92. 100.
    Episode 55: Rooting for Evil (With Paul Bloom)10/21/2014
    1:18:17
  93. 101.
    Episode 54: Pooping on Ecstasy (Pain, Pleasure, and the Ethics of Breeding)09/24/2014
    1:17:50
  94. 102.
    Episode 53: The Psychology People Love to Hate (Evolutionary Psychology Pt.1)09/08/2014
    1:15:20
  95. 103.
    Episode 52: Thought Experiments (Huh!) What Are They Good For? (Part 2)08/25/2014
    1:16:35
  96. 104.
    Episode 51: Zombies, Trolleys, and Galileo's Balls08/12/2014
    1:18:33
  97. 105.
    Episode 50: Keeping it Unreal 07/15/2014
    1:27:03
  98. 106.
    Episode 49: Psychopaths and Contrastivizzzzzzzz (With Walter Sinnott-Armstrong)06/23/2014
    1:43:42
  99. 107.
    Episode 48: Restorative Circle Jerk06/09/2014
    1:08:00
  100. 108.
    Episode 47: Schooled By Our Listeners05/22/2014
    1:02:08
  101. 109.
    Episode 46: The Real Josh Knobe05/05/2014
    1:04:20
  102. 110.
    Episode 45: Rounded Brains and Balanced "Play Diets"04/21/2014
    1:08:26
  103. 111.
    Episode 44: Killer Robots04/05/2014
    1:08:39
  104. 112.
    Episode 43: The Nature of Nudges03/17/2014
    50:03
  105. 113.
    Episode 42: Reason, Responsibility, and Roombas (With Paul Bloom)03/03/2014
    1:07:58
  106. 114.
    Episode 41: Moral Dilemmas at the Movies02/19/2014
    1:37:39
  107. 115.
    Episode 40: How Many Moralities Are There? Pt. 2 (with Jesse Graham)02/03/2014
    1:19:58
  108. 116.
    Episode 39: How Many Moralities Are There? (Pt.1)01/20/2014
    59:48
  109. 117.
    Episode 38: The Greatest Movies Ever Made about Personal Identity12/31/2013
    1:21:23
  110. 118.
    Episode 37: Porn, Poop, and Personal Identity (with Nina Strohminger)12/17/2013
    45:47
  111. 119.
    Episode 36: An Irresponsible Meta-Book Review of Joshua Greene's "Moral Tribes"11/25/2013
    55:12
  112. 120.
    Episode 35: Douchebags and Desert11/11/2013
    1:01:03
  113. 121.
    Episode 34: Does Reading Harry Potter Make You Moral? (with Will Wilkinson)10/28/2013
    1:13:59
  114. 122.
    Episode 33: Monkeys, Smurfs, and Human Conformity (With Laurie Santos)10/14/2013
    57:09
  115. 123.
    Episode 32: Disagreeing About Disagreement09/30/2013
    1:18:39
  116. 124.
    Episode 31: An Anthropologist's Guide to Moral Psychology (Pt. 1)09/16/2013
    54:54
  117. 125.
    Episode 30: The Greatest Books Ever Written09/02/2013
    1:11:48
  118. 126.
    Episode 29: PEDs, Tenure Pills, and "Hyberbolic Chambers"08/19/2013
    47:54
  119. 127.
    Episode 28: Moral Persuasion08/05/2013
    1:09:04
  120. 128.
    Episode 27: You, Your Self, and Your Brain (With Eddy Nahmias)07/22/2013
    1:22:14
  121. 129.
    Episode 26: Evolution and Sexual Perversion (with Jesse Bering)07/08/2013
    1:21:29
  122. 130.
    Episode 25: Burning Armchairs (with Joshua Knobe)06/24/2013
    58:28
  123. 131.
    Episode 24: The Perils of Empathy (with Paul Bloom)06/10/2013
    1:23:01
  124. 132.
    Episode 23: Straw Dogs (with Yoel Inbar)05/27/2013
    1:16:24
  125. 133.
    Episode 22: An Enquiry Concerning Slurs and Offensiveness05/12/2013
    1:04:09
  126. 134.
    Episode 21: Grad School05/06/2013
    1:33:25
  127. 135.
    Episode 20: Boston, Brains, and Bad Pronunciation (with Molly Crockett)04/21/2013
    1:00:20
  128. 136.
    Episode 19: The Burning Bridges Episode (Pt. 2)04/06/2013
    1:03:09
  129. 137.
    Episode 18: "Boy If Life Were Only Like This" (With Joe Henrich)03/22/2013
    49:54
  130. 138.
    Episode 17: Learning about Bushmen by Studying Freshmen?03/16/2013
    50:12
  131. 139.
    Episode 16: Race, Reparations, and American (In)Justice (with Damani McDole)03/02/2013
    1:00:21
  132. 140.
    Episode 15: The Burning Bridges Episode (Pt. 1)02/16/2013
    53:50
  133. 141.
    Episode 14: Bonus Episode on Snitches, Tattletales, and Whistleblowers02/08/2013
    27:14
  134. 142.
    Episode 13: Beanballs, Blood Feuds, and Collective Moral Responsibility (With Fiery Cushman)01/22/2013
    1:00:09
  135. 143.
    Episode 12: Justice for #!$@ ?01/14/2013
    1:13:05
  136. 144.
    Episode 11: It is Morally Wrong to Kill Morgan Freeman (with Yoel Inbar)12/28/2012
    1:15:48
  137. 145.
    Episode 10: Religion, Meaning, and Morality12/11/2012
    58:52
  138. 146.
    Episode 9: Social Psychology, Situationism, and Moral Character12/03/2012
    1:08:48
  139. 147.
    Episode 8: Dishonesty, Character, and Dan Ariely11/12/2012
    1:11:03
  140. 148.
    Episode 7: Psychopaths and Utilitarians Pt. 2 (Now with more poo poo)11/04/2012
    1:07:00
  141. 149.
    Episode 6: Trolleys, Utilitarians, and Psychopaths (Part 1)10/20/2012
    1:01:39
  142. 150.
    Episode 5: Revenge, Pt. 2: The Revenge10/08/2012
    1:05:02
  143. 151.
    Episode 4: Revenge, Pt. 109/20/2012
    51:34
  144. 152.
    Episode 3: "We believe in nothing!" (Cultural diversity, relativism, and moral truth)09/08/2012
    1:01:34
  145. 153.
    Episode 2: The "Dangerous Truth" about Free Will (Free Will and Morality, Pt. 2)09/01/2012
    1:13:50
  146. 154.
    Episode 1: Brains, Robots, and Free Will (Free Will and Morality Pt. 1)08/30/2012
    1:10:51

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