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 214: You Shouldn't Feel Bad (Except You Should)
    1:20:41
  2. 2.
    Episode 213: What Is It Like To Be a Robot Fish Man? (with Ted Chiang)
    1:57:48
  3. 3.
    Episode 212: Follow Your Nose (with Yoel Inbar)
    1:45:10
  4. 4.
    Episode 211: To Live and Die in Kurosawa's "Ikiru"
    1:46:06
  5. 5.
    Episode 210: The Priming of the American Mind (with Jesse Singal)
    2:01:08
  6. 6.
    Episode 209: Basic Instincts (with Paul Bloom)
    1:36:56
  7. 7.
    Episode 208: Dream Theater
    1:40:23
  8. 8.
    Episode 207: Sometimes a Paper Tray is Just a Paper Tray
    1:28:35
  1. 9.
    Episode 206: Angel Chasing (Ted Chiang's "Hell is the Absence of God")
    1:37:52
  2. 10.
    Episode 205: Making Your Nervous System Your Ally (William James on "Habit")
    1:32:57
  3. 11.
    Episode 204: Happy Freedom Day! (with Lauren Anderson)
    1:36:41
  4. 12.
    Episode 203: Gorgias, Tell Me Something I Don't Know (with Agnes Callard)
    1:34:57
  5. 13.
    Episode 202: Not as It Ought to Be (H.P. Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space")
    1:31:35
  6. 14.
    Episode 201: Very Bad Lizard People
    1:56:51
  7. 15.
    Episode 200: Our 200th Episode Spectactular
    1:44:35
  8. 16.
    Episode 199: When Philosophy Goes Sideways
    1:39:43
  9. 17.
    Episode 198: Is Mental Illness a Myth? (Thomas Szasz's "The Myth of Mental Illness")
    1:32:15
  10. 18.
    Episode 197: The Long Slow Death That Is Life
    1:52:49
  11. 19.
    Episode 196: The Loneliest Paper in Philosophy
    1:49:58
  12. 20.
    Episode 195: Jesus on Trial (Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov")
    1:55:32
  13. 21.
    Episode 194: God Has No Mother (with Chris Matheson)
    1:53:33
  14. 22.
    Episode 193: Free Wanting (Frankfurt's "Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person")
    1:28:15
  15. 23.
    Episode 192: Postmodern Wet Dreams (Borges' "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote")
    1:36:53
  16. 24.
    Episode 191: All the Rage
    1:36:56
  17. 25.
    Episode 190: We Pod. We Pod-Cast. We Podcast. (Frankfurt’s “On Bullshit”)
    2:01:26
  18. 26.
    Episode 189: The Anality of Evil (Freud's "Civilization and its Discontents")
    1:37:41
  19. 27.
    Episode 188: Conceptual Mummies (Nietzsche's "Twilight of the Idols")
    1:42:24
  20. 28.
    Episode 187: More Zither
    1:40:37
  21. 29.
    Episode 186: The One with Peter Singer
    1:29:40
  22. 30.
    Episode 185: The Devil's Playground
    1:24:59
  23. 31.
    Bonus Episode: Top 5 Deadwood Characters
    1:26:36
  24. 32.
    Episode 184: Tainted Glove
    1:25:14
  25. 33.
    Episode 183: Accept the Mystery (with Paul Bloom)
    1:39:19
  26. 34.
    Episode 182: The Paper That Launched a Thousand Twitter Wars (With Yoel Inbar)
    1:58:10
  27. 35.
    Episode 181: The Fraudulence Paradox (David Foster Wallace's "Good Old Neon")
    2:09:01
  28. 36.
    Episode 180: Chekhov's Schrödinger's Dagger (Kurosawa's "Rashomon")
    1:56:13
  29. 37.
    Episode 179: Talking Shit
    2:03:24
  30. 38.
    Episode 178: Borges' Obsession-Obsession ("The Zahir")
    1:40:54
  31. 39.
    Episode 177: Pure Linguistic Chauvinism
    2:04:58
  32. 40.
    Episode 176: Split-Brains and the (Dis)Unity of Consciousness
    1:48:23
  33. 41.
    Episode 175: At Least We Didn’t Talk About Zombies (Nagel’s “What is it Like to be a Bat?”)
    1:42:34
  34. 42.
    Episode 174: More Chiang for Your Buck ("Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom" Pt. 2)
    1:46:29
  35. 43.
    Episode 173: Talking to Your (Alternate) Self [Ted Chiang's "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom"]
    1:40:08
  36. 44.
    Episode 172: Are You Free (to like the Chappelle special)?
    1:40:42
  37. 45.
    Episode 171: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Theodicy? (The Book of Job)
    1:31:41
  38. 46.
    Episode 170: Social Psychology Gets an Asch-Kicking
    1:49:34
  39. 47.
    Episode 169: A Bug's Life (Kafka's "The Metamorphosis")
    1:50:07
  40. 48.
    Episode 168: The Big Lebowski vs Pulp Fiction (Pt. 2)
    1:33:15
  41. 49.
    Episode 167: The Big Lebowski vs Pulp Fiction (Pt. 1)
    1:08:12
  42. 50.
    Episode 166: Total Recall (Ted Chiang's "The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling")
    1:49:14

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