You Are Not So Smart
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You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self delusion that explores topics related to cognitive biases, heuristics, and logical fallacies. David McRaney interviews scientists about their research into how the mind works, and then he eats a cookie.
||027 - Science Communication - Joe Hanson||I recently collaborated with Joe Hanson of the YouTube channel It’s Okay to be Smart and helped him write an episode about pattern recognition. I thought it would be great to bring him on the show and interview him in an episode all about the...||7/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||026 - Inbetweenisode 5 - Maslow's Hammer||“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” You’ve heard the expression before. You’ve may have, like myself, smugly used it a few times to feel like you...||6/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||025 - Enclothed Cognition - Hajo Adam||The clothes you wear have powers...over your mind. Your wardrobe doesn't just affect the way others see you, but it affects the way you see yourself. That results in changes in perception, attention, behavior, and more. Learn what researcher Hajo Adam...||6/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||024 - Sleep - Richard Wiseman||Why do we sleep and why do we dream? Despite the fact that every human being spends roughly 1/3 of his or her life asleep, science has yet to crack the mystery of the phenomenon. Why do we sleep and dream? The answer for now is...we don't know. To...||5/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||023 - Inbetweensode 4 - The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight||In the 1950s, a group of psychologists nearly turned a summer camp into Lord of The Flies. The story of how and why it was so easy to turn normal boys into bloodthirsty, warring tribes can teach you a lot about a common mental phenomenon known as the...||5/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||022 - Survivorship Bias - Megan Price||The problem with sorting out failures and successes is that failures are often muted, destroyed, or somehow removed from view while successes are left behind, weighting your decisions and perceptions, tilting your views of the world. That means to be...||4/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||021 - Inbetweenisode - Christina Draganich||In this inbetweenisode, Christina Draganich explains how she came up with the idea to research placebo sleep, and she tells us how anyone with the right guidance can use science to expand our understanding of the natural world. We also learn about the...||4/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||020 - The Future - James Burke and Matt Novak||In this episode we discuss how terrible people are at predicting the future, how history really works, and how we can understand where we are going by changing how we view where we've been. Our guests are science historian and communications legend...||3/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||019 - The Placebo Effect - Kristi Erdal||In this episode we learn about the placebo effect and how research continues to unravel the mysteries behind it and how it affects our behaviors. Our guest is Kristi Erdal whose latest research discovered a new psychological phenomeon now known as...||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||018 - Inbetweenisode - The Benjamin Franklin Effect||Benjamin Franklin knew how to deal with haters, and in this episode we learn how he turned his haters into fans with what is now called The Benjamin Franklin Effect. Listen as David McRaney reads and excerpt from his book, "You Are Now Less Dumb,"...||2/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||017 - Alternative Medicine - Tim Farley||Where is the line between medicine and alternative medicine? Are Eastern medicine and Western medicine truly at odds, and if so, who is right and who is wrong? What harm is there in using complementary or integrative treatments in an effort to improve...||2/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||016 - Conspiracy Theories - Steven Novella and Jesse Walker||Who is pulling the strings? Who is behind the coverup? Who holds the real power, and what do they want? How deep does the conspiracy to control your mind go? In this episode we discuss the history, social impact, neuroscience, and psychology behind...||1/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||015 - Inbetweenisode - Narrative Bias||In this inbetweenisode I read an excerpt from my book, You Are Now Less Dumb, about a strange experiment in Michigan that tested the bounds of the self by throwing three very unusual men into a situation that won't likely be repeated ever again by...||1/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||014 - Narratives - Melanie C. Green||In this episode we discuss the power of narratives to affect our beliefs and behaviors with Melanie C. Green, a psychologist who studies the persuasive power of fiction. According Nielsen, the TV ratings company, the average person in the United...||12/23/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||013 - Technology - Clive Thompson||The very fact that you are reading this sentence, contemplating whether you want to listen to this podcast, means that you are living out a fantasy from a previous generation's cyberpunk novel. However you made it here, however you got these words...||12/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jealousy | David Buss||Why do human beings experience jealousy, what is its function, and what are the warning signs that signal this powerful emotion may lead to violence? Once reserved for the contemplation of poets and playwrights, jealousy is now the subject of intense...||11/21/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Culture | Hazel Rose Markus||Is your state of mind from one situation to the next drastically altered by the state in which you live? According to cultural psychologists, yes it is. Studies show that your thoughts, perceptions, emotions, and behaviors in response to a particular...||11/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Perversion | Jesse Bering||If a world archery champion fell madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, who she considered to be a female, married the monument, and then went on to consummate her union with it, would you consider her a crazy person? How about perverted? Insane? What...||10/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Arguing | Hugo Mercier||Why do human beings get into arguments? What does science have to say about argumentation? Is there an evolutionary explanation? Is arguing adaptive? Is all our bickering in comments, forums, social media and elsewhere a good or a bad thing? Those are...||9/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Video Games | Jamie Madigan||In this episode we discuss the how video games can help us understand our delusions and speak with Jamie Madigan, the curator of psychologyofgames.com. Also, at the end, we eat a white chocolate oatmeal cookie and discuss a misconception about...||9/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Common Sense | Kevin Lyon||In this episode, we discuss eyebeams and superseded scientific theories with Kevin Lyon, and at the end, we discuss vitamins while eating a fudgy oatmeal cookie.||7/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Spending Money | Elizabeth Dunn||In this episode we speak with Elizabeth Dunn about better spending money to increase happiness. Later, we eat an apple toffee cookie and explore novelty in old churches.||7/7/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Selling Out | Andrew Potter||In this episode, we discuss selling out, countercultures, and authenticity with Andrew Potter, the author of "The Authenticity Hoax." Afterward, I eat a Chewie Chewbacca Chocolate Chip vegan cookie and read a study about the sugar high and hyperactivity.||10/7/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Self | Bruce Hood||In this episode we discuss the self and interview Bruce Hood, author of "The Self Illusion." Also, at the end, we eat a chewy chocolate chip cookie and discuss therapeutic touch.||7/3/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Confabulation | V.S. Ramachandran||In this episode, we discuss confabulation with neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran, and at the end of the episode we taste a cranberry chocolate chip cookie while contemplating positive affirmations.||5/29/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Illusion of Knowledge | Christopher Chabris||In this episode we discuss the illusion of knowledge with Christopher Chabris, co-author of "The Invisible Gorilla." After that, we eat a triple-ginger molasses cookie while discussing non-believed false memories.||5/9/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanYou Are Not So Smart | Attention | Daniel Simons||In this episode we discuss attention and interview co-author of "The Invisible Gorilla" Daniel Simons. Also, at the end, we eat an Oreo fudge cookie brownie and discuss the foreign language effect.||4/22/12||Free||View In iTunes|
Two Thumbs Up!
Great first podcast. I'll sign up if the rest are half as good. Though sound volume and quality could improve. Had some trouble hearing even with headphones. Still worth listening.
Fantastic first podcast. The kinks will get worked out.
It was ironic to me that Dr. Simons mentions the poor sound quality of phones (near the 10:30 mark) as his own voice is hard to make out in comparison with Mr. McRaney's.
Audio snags notwithstanding, this is a pretty fantastic introduction to the mind of both McRaney and Simons. I've found the McRaney's writing to be a perfect pitch for folks with an academic background, but with a few fingers on the pulse of the rest of life and culture.
I'll continue reading the blog, and now I have another podcast to throw into the rotation.
I would expect people who listen to Freakonomics and RadioLab to like this podcast, for what it's worth.
I enjoyed the podcast and look forward to future episodes. I did find the audio quality during the interview distracting, but I have confidence that this can be remedied.
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