David Pizarro is an Associate Professor of Department of Psychology at Cornell University. He has been doing a biweekly podcast with the philosopher Tamler Sommers on the science and philosophy of human morality called Very Bad Wizards.
The psychologist Yoel Inbar has always tried to imbue his work with a sort of interiority, and now he joins us for a deep dive into Charlie Kaufman’s baffling and distressing new film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.” Why does Jessie Buckley’s name and career keep changing? What’s going on with the dog? Why are the parents unstuck in time? Don’t worry you’ll get home, we have tire chains in the trunk. Plus, aliens, open science, and the illuminati. It’s all connected.Special Guest: Yoel Inbar.Sponsored By:BetterHelp: You deserve to be happy. BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. Connect with your professional counselor in a safe and private online environment. Promo Code: VBWThe Great Courses Plus: Never stop learning. Pursue your passion. Quench your curiosity. Embark on an educational endeavor. Watch thousands of streaming videos on hundreds of subjects. Promo Code: wizardsSupport Very Bad WizardsLinks:Venus Might Host Life, New Discovery Suggests - Scientific AmericanPentagon forming a task force to investigate UFO sightings - CNNPoliticsI'm Thinking of Ending Things (film) - Wikipedia
She’s beautiful, smart, funny, and head over heels in love with you. There’s only one problem – she’s from a possible world, not the actual one. What we thought would be a funny opening segment idea turns into a semi-serious discussion of Neil Sinhababu’s 2008 article “Possible Girls.” Plus David and Tamler share some thoughts on teaching in normal times and today.   Sponsored By:The Great Courses Plus: Never stop learning. Pursue your passion. Quench your curiosity. Embark on an educational endeavor. Watch thousands of streaming videos on hundreds of subjects. Promo Code: wizardsBetterHelp: You deserve to be happy. BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. Connect with your professional counselor in a safe and private online environment. Promo Code: VBWSupport Very Bad WizardsLinks:Sinhababu, N. (2008), Possible girls. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 89, 254-260.Paul Bloom's "Informal Teaching Advice"
David and Tamler dive into the most celebrated and philosophically rich scenes in Dostoevsky’s masterpiece "The Brothers Karamazov." Alyosha gets in the middle of a rock-fight, Ivan Karamazov makes a devastating moral case against God, and the Grand Inquisitor convicts Jesus Christ of heresy against the church. (Note: this segment is the second of an upcoming five episode VBW miniseries on The Brothers Karamazov – more info on that to come very soon!) Plus one of us has a milestone birthday... [Special note from Peez: Stick around after the closing music to hear VBWs most frequent guests Paul Bloom and Yoel Inbar talk to David about Tamler behind his back.]Sponsored By:BetterHelp: You deserve to be happy. BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. Connect with your professional counselor in a safe and private online environment. Promo Code: VBWThe Great Courses Plus: Never stop learning. Pursue your passion. Quench your curiosity. Embark on an educational endeavor. Watch thousands of streaming videos on hundreds of subjects. Promo Code: wizardsSupport Very Bad WizardsLinks:The Brothers Karamazov - WikipediaThe Grand Inquisitor - WikipediaThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky) [amazon.com affiliate link] — This is the edition we used for this episode (and our upcoming 5-part series).
David and Tamler welcome special guest Chris Matheson - co-writer of the "Bill and Ted" movies and author of "The Story of God" and "The Buddha’s Story" - to talk about religion, immortality, comedy, Freud, and why the secret ingredient to good satire is love.  Plus David and Tamler do a conceptual analysis of stoner movies and discuss their favorites. Special Guest: Chris Matheson.Sponsored By:The Great Courses Plus: Never stop learning. Pursue your passion. Quench your curiosity. Embark on an educational endeavor. Watch thousands of streaming videos on hundreds of subjects. Promo Code: wizardsBetterHelp: You deserve to be happy. BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. Connect with your professional counselor in a safe and private online environment. Promo Code: VBWSupport Very Bad WizardsLinks:Chris Matheson (screenwriter) - WikipediaThe Story of God by Chris Matheson [amazon.com affiliate link]The Trouble with God by Chris Matheson [amazon.com affiliate link]Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - WikipediaBill & Ted Face the Music - WikipediaThe Roast of Richard Pryor (very NSFW) [youtube.com]Dark Side of the Rainbow - WikipediaFriday (1995 film) - WikipediaTom and Jerry (Gene Deitch Era) - Terrible TV Shows WikiFantastic Planet - WikipediaAqua Teen Hunger Force - WikipediaThe Return of the Pink Panther (1975) - IMDbHarold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) - IMDbStep Brothers (2008) - IMDbThis Is the End (2013) - IMDb2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - IMDbInherent Vice (2014) - IMDbPlaytime (1967) - IMDbSpirited Away (2001) - IMDbSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - IMDbDazed and Confused (1993) - IMDbJackie Brown (1997) - IMDbTin Men (1987) - IMDb
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Location
Ithaca, NY, USA
Episode Count
201
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
1 week, 4 days
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