132 episodes of Very Bad Wizards since the first episode, which aired on August 30, 2012.
Episode 72: Tweenie Turing Tests, AI, and Ex Machina (with Joshua Weisberg)
July 28th, 2015 | 1 hr 32 mins
It finally happened: David and Tamler welcome special guest Joshua Weisberg to the podcast to talk about Turing machines, Chinese Rooms, and AI. Plus, a spoiler-filled discussion of the recent movie "Ex Machina."
Episode 71: The Murky Morals and Mysterious Metaphysics of "Mr. Robot"
July 14th, 2015 | 1 hr 6 mins
David and Tamler go deep into the best TV show of the summer, "Mr. Robot."
Episode 70: Some Favorite Things
June 28th, 2015 | 1 hr 34 mins
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, papers by Williams and movies from Sweden. Long graphic novels that celebrate being. These are a few of our favorite things.
Episode 69: CHiPs on Our Shoulders (Lessons in Objectivity)
June 17th, 2015 | 1 hr 33 mins
Dave and Tamler try to figure out what we talk about when we talk about objectivity.
Episode 68: Risky, Reckless, and Regretful
June 1st, 2015 | 1 hr 14 mins
Dave drags Tamler into the nerd abyss by making him watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (“Tapestry,” from the 6th season). We talk about the themes of the episode: regret, risk aversion, the arrogance of hindsight, and the dream of living your past “knowing what you know now.”
Episode 67: Funny How?
May 18th, 2015 | 1 hr 17 mins
Dave and Tamler break the cardinal rule of comedy by trying to analyze it. What are the origins and functions of humor? Can a theory explain what makes us laugh? Is humor entirely subjective?
Episode 66: Übermensch at Work
April 20th, 2015 | 1 hr 24 mins
Special guest Yoel Inbar joins us to talk about Hitchcock’s masterpiece/gimmick "Rope."
Episode 65: Philocalypse Now
April 6th, 2015 | 1 hr 19 mins
Holy crap, it's the apocalypse!!!!...for philosophy. Maybe.
Episode 64: Believing in a Just World
March 19th, 2015 | 1 hr 13 mins
Dave and Tamler talk about the human tendency to believe in a just world. Why do we have the belief? Does it make us less motivated to fight injustice? How does it connect to our beliefs about free will and punishment?