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 171: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Theodicy? (The Book of Job)

Episode 171: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Theodicy? (The Book of Job)

August 27th, 2019

David and Tamler dive back into the Bible, this time to the perplexing and poetic Book of Job. What does this book have to say about the theodicy, the… Go to Episode

Episode 170: Social Psychology Gets an Asch-Kicking

August 13th, 2019

Is social psychology just a kid dressing up in grown-up science clothes? Are the methods in social psychology--hypothesis-driven experiments and model-building--appropriate… Go to Episode

Episode 166: Total Recall (Ted Chiang's "The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling")

June 18th, 2019

Memory is highly selective and often inaccurate. But what if we had an easily searchable video record of all our experiences and interactions? How would… Go to Episode

Episode 169: A Bug's Life (Kafka's "The Metamorphosis")

July 30th, 2019

David and Tamler try to control their emotions (with varying success) as they go deep into Franz Kafka's masterful novella "The Metamorphosis." What kind… Go to Episode