I'm an associate professor in the department of psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. I'm mostly interested in how and why humans make moral judgments (such as what makes us think certain actions are wrong, or that some people deserve blame or praise for their actions). I'm also interested in how emotions--especially disgust--influence a wide variety of social, political, and moral judgments.
November 23rd, 2015 | 1 hr 8 mins
David and Tamler return to the minefield of campus politics and talk about recent events at Yale, Missouri, and Amherst. Are the protests are long overdue response to systematic oppression and prejudice? Or is this new generation of students coddled, hypersensitive, and hostile to free speech? Maybe a little bit of both?
November 9th, 2015 | 1 hr 20 mins
Special guest Eric Schwitzgebel joins David and Tamler to discuss the moral behavior (or lack thereof) of ethicists. Does moral reflection make us better people, or does it just give us better excuses to be immoral? Who's more right about human nature--Mencius or Xun Zi? What did Kant have against bastards and masturbating? Plus, we talk about jerks, robot cars, and killing baby Hitler.
October 26th, 2015 | 1 hr 2 mins
David and Tamler list three things they've changed their minds about in their careers.
October 6th, 2015 | 2 hrs 29 mins
Dave and Tamler celebrate their 75th episode by welcoming six BFFs of the podcast and asking them to share the biggest thing they've changed their minds about in their professional careers.
September 16th, 2015 | 1 hr 53 mins
David and Tamler return after an end of summer hiatus to finally talk about the ethics of deception….eventually. But first they break down recent article in the journal "Science" documenting an attempt to replicate 100 recent psychology experiments.
August 11th, 2015 | 1 hr 8 mins
In what is possibly our most repugnant first segment ever, David and Tamler break down the ethics of zoophilia and investigate the true nature of consent. In the second segment we answer some listener emails and address our first question in our new capacity as International Ethics Experts.
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."
July 14th, 2015 | 1 hr 6 mins
David and Tamler go deep into the best TV show of the summer, "Mr. Robot."
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.
June 17th, 2015 | 1 hr 33 mins
Dave and Tamler try to figure out what we talk about when we talk about objectivity.