Very Bad Wizards

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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.

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Title: Episode 180: Chekhov's Schrödinger's Dagger (Kurosawa's "Rashomon")

Episode 180: Chekhov's Schrödinger's Dagger (Kurosawa's "Rashomon")

January 14th, 2020

Eleventh Century Japan. A samurai and his wife are walking through the forest and come across a bandit. The bandit attacks the samurai and has sex with/rapes… Go to Episode

Episode 179: Talking Shit

December 24th, 2019

David and Tamler wrap up the decade with an episode on trash-talking that morphs into a debate over the value of experimental inquiry. Participants in… Go to Episode

Episode 178: Borges' Obsession-Obsession ("The Zahir")

December 10th, 2019

David and Tamler happen across Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Zahir” and now they can’t stop thinking about it. What is the ‘Zahir’ – this object… Go to Episode

Episode 177: Pure Linguistic Chauvinism

November 26th, 2019

Tamler learns something new about menstruation. David weighs in on the democratic debates and the impeachment hearings. Then we map the various social… Go to Episode