Very Bad Wizards

Very Bad Wizards

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. 

July 23, 2024
01:12:1882.95 MB

Episode 289: Shadows on the Wall (Plato's Cave Pt. 1)

Over the years we’ve referred repeatedly to Plato’s cave, Platonic forms, and phrases like “copies of copies” without ever really explaining what we mean by these things. So as part of a new mini-series we’re going dive deeper into Plato’s famous images ...

July 09, 2024
01:30:05103.31 MB

Episode 288: The Despised Foot (The Denial of Death Pt. 2)

David and Tamler conclude their discussion of Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death . We talk about Becker’s philosophy of science (does he have one?), his sweeping explanations for strongman leaders, neuroses, mental illness, sexual fetishes, and the refr...

June 25, 2024
01:31:06104.47 MB

Episode 287: Gods With Anuses (The Denial of Death Pt. 1)

David faces his greatest fear as he and Tamler dive into Ernest Becker’s 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner The Denial of Death . Blending existentialist ideas within a psychoanalytic framework, Becker argues that the ultimate source of human motivation is not t...

June 11, 2024
02:12:47152.17 MB

Episode 286: Laugh and the World Laughs With You

David and Tamler dive into the mysteries at the heart of Park Chan-wook’s deeply disturbing masterpiece "Oldboy" (2003). An ordinary man, Oh Dae-su, is imprisoned for 15 years in an old, windowless hotel room. After being abruptly released Oh Dae-su emba...

May 28, 2024
01:25:4498.33 MB

Episode 285: On Culture and Agriculture

It’s an old-school episode as David and Tamler dive into some intriguing research on the origins of cultural differences. Two neighboring communities in communist China were assigned to be wheat farmers and rice farmers. Seventy years later, the people i...

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Smart and funny

Very Bad Wizards may not be for everyone, but I love it. Tammler and Dave are smart, open, and really funny. If you’re interested in psychology and philosophy and do you want to blend that with a good belly laugh, this is the podcast for you. I’ve been listening to it for years and still enjoyed tuning in whenever the ...

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Love these two and their banter and their terrific analysis of academic and literary texts. Moved to rate by the cringey superficial analysis of the political landscape. Docked zero stars for the distasteful discussion but please guys if you’re going to lampoon and criticize politicians for their flaws start with the w...

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Consistently fun and informative

Love the show - been listening for many years!