Very Bad Wizards
About the Show
Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.
Episode 104: Smelling Salts for Morality: Our Top 3 Movies About Empathy (with Paul Bloom)
December 13th, 2016
1 hr 33 mins
Paul Bloom, empathy, movies
Paul Bloom joins Tamler and David to discuss their picks for the top three movies about empathy.
Episode 103: Very Bad Utopias
November 29th, 2016 | 1 hr 7 mins
David and Tamler give thanks to their listeners and Patreon supporters with an episode chosen by our top Patreon subscribers--the drafting of a "constitution" for our very own Utopia.
Episode 102: Red, Black, and Blue
November 15th, 2016 | 1 hr 37 mins
Tamler and David talk about the 2016 US presidential election, and more serious things like Black Mirror's "San Junipero" episode.
Episode 101: Having Desert and Eating It Too
October 31st, 2016 | 1 hr 28 mins
David and Tamler argue over how much we can learn about moral responsibility from the way we attribute blame and praise in the domains of art and sports.
Episode 100: It's a Celebration
October 13th, 2016 | 1 hr 38 mins
David and Tamler celebrate their 100th episode with champagne, bourbon, an online test of our moral judgments, and an AMA.
Episode 99: Mockingbirds, Destructo-Critics, and Mr. Robot
September 27th, 2016 | 2 hrs 3 mins
David and Tamler tackle claims of decepto-criticism in psychology, discuss the dilemmas of 7th grade theater production, and have a lengthy discussion of Mr. Robot Season 2.
Episode 98: Mind the Gap
September 13th, 2016 | 1 hr 22 mins
David and Tamler tackle the naturalistic fallacy.
Episode 97: Dogmatic Slumber Party
August 30th, 2016 | 1 hr 23 mins
David and Tamler take on motivated reasoning and our biased processing of information to favor positions we are predisposed to believe.
Episode 96: Memory and Meaning in "Memento" (with Paul Bloom)
August 16th, 2016 | 1 hr 26 mins
Paul Bloom joins us to discuss Christopher Nolan's "Memento."
Bonus Episode: More Doobie-ous Theories About "Mr. Robot" (Season 2)
August 9th, 2016 | 29 mins 55 secs
In this bonus emergency episode Tamler and David talk about mid-season Mr. Robot (S2) theories.
Episode 95: The Repugnance of Repugnance
August 2nd, 2016 | 1 hr 28 mins
Tamler and David tackle the emotion of disgust and the role it should play in moral judgment
Episode 94: Buttery Friendships
July 19th, 2016 | 1 hr 36 mins
Tamler and David discuss Nancy Sherman's thoughts on Aristotle, Stoicism, and how to live a good, happy life.
Episode 93: Avalanches, Blame, and Cowardice (With Yoel Inbar)
July 5th, 2016 | 1 hr 39 mins
Tamler and David are joined by VBW regular Yoel Inbar to discuss the themes of cowardice and character in the recent Swedish film "Force Majeure."
Episode 92: Jonathan Edwards' Basement
June 21st, 2016 | 1 hr 8 mins
David and Tamler discuss Jonathan Bennett's classic paper "The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn."