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 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.
Episode 106: American Grandstand
January 10th, 2017
1 hr 17 mins
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David and Tamler take a break from moral grandstanding to talk about moral grandstanding, focusing on a recent paper by philosophers Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke.
Episode 105: Wizards With (Reactive) Attitudes
December 28th, 2016 | 1 hr 23 mins
Tamler and David discuss the increasingly trollish nature of Aeon Magazine articles, then discuss (and argue about) philosopher Victoria McGeer's 2012 article "Co-reactive attitudes and the making of moral community."
Episode 104: Smelling Salts for Morality: Our Top 3 Movies About Empathy (with Paul Bloom)
December 13th, 2016
1 hr 33 mins
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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.