126 episodes of Very Bad Wizards since the first episode, which aired on August 30, 2012.
Episode 115: Which Field is More Fu@%ed: Philosophy or Psychology?
May 16th, 2017 | 1 hr 37 mins
David and Tamler go ambulance chasing for scandals in their own fields. Inspired by a tweet from Jay Van Bavel, they argue about which of their disciplines--philosophy or psychology--is more completely and irredeemably fucked. Is the recent controversy at the feminist philosophy journal Hypatia diagnostic of larger problems in philosophy? Can the replication crisis ever be solved? Can philosophy return to studying the big questions? What can psychologists actually discover about the human mind?
Warning: this episode features a more respectful and mature dialogue than some VBW listeners may be comfortable with.
Episode 114: Great Vengeance and Furious Anger (Top 5 Movies About Revenge)
May 4th, 2017
1 hr 21 mins
movies, passover, revenge, vengeance
Somehow, after 113 episodes David and Tamler have never done a top 5 movie episode about revenge (so unbelievable that we had to double-check). That changes today. Among the things we learned: good revenge movies are harder to find than we thought, revenge (at least, movie revenge) is messy, and David knows at least one movie that Tamler has never heard of. Plus, should Jews be celebrating the killing of Egyptian first borns? Or atoning for it? (Or perhaps just pouring out a little more wine at Passover?)
Episode 113: Pascal, Probability, and Pitchforks
April 18th, 2017
1 hr 18 mins
expected utility, god, pascal's mugging, pascal's wager
David and Tamler break down what may be the best argument that it's rational to believe in God: Pascal's Wager. (No, we're not just trolling our Sam Harris listeners.) Does the expected value of believing in God outweigh the probability that you're wrong? How does belief work--can you just turn it on and off? What if you believe in the wrong God? This leads to a wide-ranging discussion on decision theory, instrumental rationality, artificial intelligence, transformative experiences, and whether David should drop acid. Your brain AND you future self will love this episode!
Episode 112: Gettier Goggles
April 4th, 2017
1 hr 31 mins
epistemology, gettier cases, monogamy, skepticism
For four years Tamler has been bitching about Gettier cases without even explaining what they are or why he hates them. That ends today. David and Tamler talk about the famous paper that challenged the (widespread? non-existent?) notion that knowledge is, and only is, justified true belief. We talk about the so-called skeptics about knowledge that Gettier inspired, then discuss the real skepticism that Descartes examined with his evil demon thought experiment. Plus, you know how you're in a monogamous relationship because of science? Well, turns out that science may be flawed....
Episode 111: Our Language Doesn't Have a Word For This Title (with Yoel Inbar)
March 22nd, 2017 | 1 hr 3 mins
In Part 2 of our episode with film scholar Yoel Inbar (AOS: Quebecois New Wave Cinema), we break down the philosophy and psychology of the movie Arrival.
Episode 110: Stepsisters and Neck Braces (with Yoel Inbar)
March 14th, 2017 | 41 mins 50 secs
Special guest Yoel Inbar joins Tamler and David to discuss the Charles Murray protest at Middlebury College (and the top porn searches by State).
Episode 109: Moral Pluralism: Behind the Lube
February 28th, 2017 | 1 hr 11 mins
Tamler and Dave discuss moral pluralism.
Episode 108: The Gimp Exception
February 7th, 2017 | 1 hr 14 mins
Tamler and David discuss moral hypocrisy.
Episode 107: Winking Under Oppression (with Manuel Vargas)
January 24th, 2017 | 1 hr 21 mins
Philosopher Manuel Vargas joins us to talk about moral responsibility under oppression.