Very Bad Wizards

Episode 30: The Greatest Books Ever Written

September 2nd, 2013

Dave and Tamler celebrate their one year anniversary and 30th episode with one of their least cynical episodes yet.  They talk about 5 philosophy/psychology(-ish) books that influenced and inspired them throughout the years.  They also respond to a listener email that accuses them (mostly Tamler) of being "reckless and irresponsible" in their discussion of responding to insults.  

Episode Links 

(Please note that the Top 5 links below are to purchase books through via the Very Bad Wizards amazon affiliate account) 

Tamler's Top 5

5. The Razor's Edge

4. Culture Of Honor: The Psychology Of Violence In The South (New Directions in Social Psychology)/Humiliation: And Other Essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence

3. The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene (Popular Science)

2. Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role of the Emotions

1. Jacques the Fatalist and His Master (Penguin Classics)

David's Top 5

5. Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman

4. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

3. The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology

2. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

1. Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role of the Emotions

Honorable Mentions

Revenge: A Story of Hope.  Laura Blumenfeld

Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel

The Fragility of Goodness by Martha Nussbaum

Not by Genes Alone: by Peter Richerson and Richard Boyd

The Principles of Psychology by William James

Descartes Error by Antonio Damasio

Beyond Good and Evil 

Thus Spoke Zarathustra 

The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper

The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin

Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong by J.L. Mackie


David shows Richard Dawkins "Lemon Party" 


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