Very Bad Wizards


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 168: The Big Lebowski vs Pulp Fiction (Pt. 2)

Episode 168: The Big Lebowski vs Pulp Fiction (Pt. 2)

July 16th, 2019

It's Part 2 of the Lebowski vs. Pulp Fiction showdown. This time we focus on the Dude, Walter, Donny, and most importantly Jesus Quintana. (Nobody fucks… Go to Episode

Episode 1: Brains, Robots, and Free Will (Free Will and Morality Pt. 1)

August 30th, 2012

Dave and Tamler start out talking about the new wave of skepticism about free will and moral responsibility in the popular press from people like Sam… Go to Episode

Episode 2: The "Dangerous Truth" about Free Will (Free Will and Morality, Pt. 2)

August 31st, 2012

Tamler and David discuss whether giving up our belief in free will makes us more likely to abandon our moral standards. Links“You Can’t Handle… Go to Episode

Episode 3: "We believe in nothing!" (Cultural diversity, relativism, and moral truth)

September 8th, 2012

Tamler and Dave discuss recent work in philosophy and psychology about the differences in moral values and practices across cultures. We talk about the… Go to Episode