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. 

February 13, 2024
01:32:17105.83 MB

Episode 278: Schrödinger's Everything (Lee Chang-dong's "Burning" Pt. 1)

David and Tamler fall under the spell of Lee Chang-dong’s 2018 masterpiece Burning , a movie where nothing is what it seems, or maybe it is. An alienated young man meets what seems like his dream girl from his small town, but she’s about to leave for Afr...

January 30, 202401:35:32109.55 MB

Episode 277: The Merits of Buggery (Nagel's "Sexual Perversion")

David and Tamler play the old hits – Thomas Nagel and sex robots. In the main segment we talk about Nagel’s essay “Sexual Perversion”, a surprising essay on many fronts (Sartre, erotic fiction, conceptual analysis, much more). What’s the nature of sexual...

January 16, 2024
01:27:24100.24 MB

Episode 276: Attention Please

David and Tamler are back for the new year and one of our resolutions was to do more episodes on William James. Today we talk about his account of ‘Attention’ from his 1890 volume  The Principles of Psychology – another remarkably prescient chapter that ...

December 26, 2023
01:34:16108.1 MB

Episode 275: The Ineffable Center (Borges' "The Aleph")

An episode interesting from every point of view, we train our eyes on Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Aleph.” The first segment wins the kudos of the learned, the academician, the Hellenist, as we talk about the favorite things we saw this year. The second segme...

December 13, 2023
01:35:02109.41 MB

Episode 274: Can I Get a Kidney Voucher? (with Vlad Chituc)

RETURNING guest Vlad Chituc joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about donating his kidney to a stranger, the effective altruism movement, and his sexuality. Was EA’s turn to ‘long-termist’ goals like preventing evil AI inevitable? Have they strayed to...

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Apple Podcasts
Should be a weekly podcast

Editing out all those juicy bits takes a full week? Perhaps a monthly bloopers episode for your most devoted patrons could quench our thirst for behind-the-scenes hilarity? Just a roundabout way of saying: ‘big fan’—your authentic and fabulous, which is proving hard to come by.

Apple Podcasts
Love this podcast

Great show. It’s serious and absurd and informative and entertaining and also a bit degenerative—which is to say it’s perfect.

Apple Podcasts
A great show

I need a supercut of the debates w/ Christina Hoff Sommers and any instance of Paul Bloom