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.
December 1st, 2014 | 1 hr 30 mins
Film critic, VBW regular, and social psychologist Yoel Inbar joins David and Tamler to talk about Spike Lee's controversial 1989 film "Do the Right Thing," a movie about a day in the life of a small Brooklyn community on the hottest day of summer, and how the day's events lead to a race riot.
November 17th, 2014 | 45 mins 38 secs
David and Tamler talk about a new study that links your belief in free will to the fullness of your bladder. How do our bodily states influence our metaphysical commitments? What's the best way to measure beliefs about free will? Can you get your prostate checked without having someone stick something in your private areas? Plus, an exclusive look at the shocking truth about social psychology experiments.
November 3rd, 2014 | 1 hr 10 mins
October 20th, 2014 | 1 hr 18 mins
Paul Bloom joins us to talk all things villainous -why we sometimes root for the bad guys, why we admire them even when we don't, why they are much more compelling than some of our heroes.
September 24th, 2014 | 1 hr 17 mins
Tamler and David get bullied into talking about "anti-natalism," (the view that it is unethical to bring a being into existence), and to defend our ethical position as "breeders." Well, one of us defends it, at least. The other one? Well, you'll have to judge for yourself...
September 8th, 2014 | 1 hr 15 mins
Dave and Tamler take a shot at answering the question: what is an evolutionary psychologist?
August 25th, 2014 | 1 hr 16 mins
Experience Machines, Chinese Rooms, Original Positions, and Ice Buckets ("I don't know what you have in mind for this evening Homer, but count me out!") Dave and Tamler continue their discussion on thought experiments--how they can be effective, the difference between their use in philosophy and psychology, and how they can spin out of control like deadly viruses and become the disease they were trying to cure.
August 11th, 2014 | 1 hr 18 mins
Dave and Tamler talk about the value and purposes of thought experiments in philosophy and science.
July 14th, 2014 | 1 hr 27 mins
We honestly can't believe we made it to 50 episodes, so we must be brains in a vat. But we play along and celebrate with...a movie episode! We list our five favorite films about the subjective or questionable nature of reality. Our only rule: we couldn't choose The Matrix.
June 23rd, 2014 | 1 hr 43 mins
Special guest Walter Sinnott-Armstrong joins the podcast to explain how his theory which desperately needs a new name ("contrastivism") can dissolve most of the fundamental problems and paradoxes in philosophy.