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You Are Not So Smart

You Are Not So Smart is a show about psychology that celebrates science and self delusion. In each episode, we explore what we've learned so far about reasoning, biases, judgments, and decision-making.

You Are Not So Smart is a show about psychology that celebrates science and self delusion. In each episode, we explore what we've learned so far about reasoning, biases, judgments, and decision-making.

 

#230

233 - The Puzzler - A. J. Jacobs

Link to preorder How Minds Change: [www.davidmcraney.com/howmindschangehome] (http://www.davidmcraney.com/howmindschangehome) Our guest in this episode is A.J. Jacobs, the the four-time New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically, Thanks A Thousand, It’s All Relative, and The Know It All. His new book, The Puzzler is a fun, weird, refreshingly scientific book all about the human brain's fascination with puzzles. Seriously, there’s all sorts of explorations in the book about neural pathways, behavioral routines, how we learn, what gets us into loops, and - this is true - a few attempts to solve the puzzle of our very existence.Show Notes at: [www.youarenotsosmart.com] (https://www.youarenotsosmart.com) Patreon: [www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (https://www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) Twitter: [www.twitter.com/notsmartblog] (http://www.twitter.com/notsmartblog) [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

Yesterday

57 MINS

57:21

Yesterday


#229

232 - Think Again - Adam Grant

How to manage procrastination according to Margaret Atwood, how to work around your first-instinct fallacy, the upsides of imposter syndrome, the best way to avoid falling prey to the Dunning-Kruger effect, how to avoid thinking like a preacher, prosecutor, or politician so you can think like a scientist instead – and that’s just the beginning of the conversation in this episode with psychologist, podcast host, and author Adam Grant.In the show, we discuss both his new book – Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know – and his TED Original Podcast, WorkLife, in which he interviewed Margaret Atwood, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale, to learn how she deals with the constant allure of social media and streaming videos in a future where giving in to procrastination is easier than it has ever been. In the show, you’ll hear portions of that interview followed by a lengthy interview with Grant about his new book in this all-over-the-place, extensive exploration of how to rethink your own thinking.Link to get a free ticket to the online event we call The Conversation Lab: https://www.mishaglouberman.com/convolab-may3 [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

01 May 2022

56 MINS

56:18

01 May 2022


#228

231 - On Being Certain - Robert Burton (rebroadcast)

In this episode, we sit down with neurologist Robert Burton, author of On Being Certain, a book that fundamentally changed the way I think about what a belief actually is. That’s because the book posits conclusions are not conscious choices, and certainty is not even a thought process. Certainty and similar states of “knowing,” as he puts it, are "sensations that feel like thoughts, but arise out of involuntary brain mechanisms that function independently of reason." [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

17 Apr 2022

54 MINS

54:05

17 Apr 2022


#227

230 - The Science of Stuck - Britt Frank

Feeling stuck? Can't build momentum to escape all the loops keeping you from moving forward? Our guest in this episode is professor, author, therapist, and speaker Britt Frank, a trauma specialist who treats people with a unique and powerful set of techniques and approaches which, taken together, helps clients to get out of the feeling of being STUCK. In the show, we nerd out with Britt about how hard it is to be a person, and though this interview is supposed to be about her new book - "The Science of Stuck, Breaking Through Inertia to Find your Path Forward - at least of half of this interview turned out to be was wide-ranging conversation chasing down many nested tangents about everything from procrastination to somatic markers to trauma to the multitudes of the self and more. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

03 Apr 2022

50 MINS

50:41

03 Apr 2022


#226

229 - What's Your Problem? - Jacob Goldstein

In this episode, [Jacob Goldstein] (https://www.pushkin.fm/host/jacob-goldstein/) , the longtime host of NPR’s Planet Money, talks about his new podcast about technology and business called [What’s Your Problem? with Jacob Goldstein] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-your-problem/id1602541473) . Goldstein spent more than a decade as co-host ofPlanet Money reporting stories that make economic journalism approachable. In his new weekly show, [What’s Your Problem?] (https://www.pushkin.fm/show/whats-your-problem/) , Goldstein’s curiosity leads him into conversations with top global entrepreneurs and engineers about the cutting-edge problems they’re trying to solve. Each episode focuses on a new company and innovator and their challenges, from teaching computers to understand humans better to running a niche business where access to consumers hinges on tech company algorithms. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

27 Mar 2022

48 MINS

48:35

27 Mar 2022


#225

228 - The Power of Regret - Daniel H. Pink

NO REGRETS - Our guest in this episode of the You Are Not So Smart podcast is Daniel Pink, the five-time NYT Bestselling author of When and To Sell is Human and Drive and A Whole New Mind. His new book is The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, a rebuke of the concept of "no regrets" and exploration of the benefits of regret and how to harness them. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

19 Mar 2022

43 MINS

43:08

19 Mar 2022


#224

227 - Imaginable - Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal's new books details how she creates alternate reality games in which people take part in virtual worlds, and, in so doing, gain a sensitively to the cues (and a familiarity with the conditions) that could lead to certain outcomes, making it possible to both prevent those outcomes and create the futures they'd rather live in instead.LINK TO LINK TO THE FREE CONVERSATION LAB WORKSHOP: https://www.mishaglouberman.com/free-convolab-march14 [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

06 Mar 2022

59 MINS

59:59

06 Mar 2022


#223

226 - The World's Greatest Con - Brian Brushwood

In this episode, we sit down with famed stage magician, infamous instructor of the school of scams, Brian Brushwood, whose new podcast explores the world's greatest con artists and con jobs from World War II to modern game shows. We cover everything in this episode from why you can't con an honest person to the power of shame and fame to folk psychology to how the British conned Hitler using one of the oldest tricks in the book to how one man broke the code for Press Your Luck earning him the most money ever awarded in a single day on any program in the history of game shows.LINK TO THE SIGN UP FOR THE FREE CONVERSATION LAB ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://www.mishaglouberman.com/yansswelcome [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

20 Feb 2022

54 MINS

54:07

20 Feb 2022


#222

225 - Blindsight and Neuromarketing

In this episode, neuromarketing expertsPrince Ghuman and Matt Johnson discuss the many strange examples from their book,Blindsight, in an effort to make us all smarter consumers, empowered to make better decisions after touring a showcase of all the less-obvious ways marketing, advertising, venues, restaurants, shopping malls, casinos, social media companies, and more, knowingly use neuroscience and psychology to affect our behavior. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

06 Feb 2022

59 MINS

59:30

06 Feb 2022


#221

224 - The Conversation Lab - Misha Glouberman

In this episode of the [You Are Not So Smart Podcast] (https://youarenotsosmart.com/podcast/) , we sit down once again with [Misha Glouberman] (https://www.mishaglouberman.com/) , an expert on conflict and conversation, to discuss how best to improve your communication skills and turn what you suspect will be a difficult interaction into something marvelous and fruitful - the sort of talk that strengthens your relationship with the other person and leaves you both feeling like you gained and learned something – the kind you'd like to have again. Mentioned in the show, here is the link to a [free online class with Misha Glouberman on Feb 1st.] (https://www.mishaglouberman.com/free-convolab-feb1) [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

23 Jan 2022

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:30

23 Jan 2022


#220

223 - To Persuade is Human?

This episode, featuring Andy Luttrell of the Opinion Science Podcast, is all about a machine, built by IBM, that can debate human beings on any issue, which leads to the question: is persuasion, with language, using arguments, and the ability to alter another person’s attitudes, beliefs, values, opinions, and behavior a uniquely human phenomenon, or could you be persuaded to change your mind by an artificial intelligence designed to do just that? If so, what does that say about opinions, our arguments, and in the end, our minds? [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

09 Jan 2022

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:54

09 Jan 2022


#219

222 - The Power of Surprise - Michael Rousell

Not all surprises trigger change, but almost all change is triggered by surprise. In this episode, Micheal Rousell, author of The Power of Surprise,explains the science of surprise at the level of neurons and brain structures, and then talk about how surprises often lead tothe stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the different personal narratives that guide our behaviors and motivations and goals, and, perhaps most importantly, our willingness to be surprised again so that we can change and grow. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

27 Dec 2021

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:39

27 Dec 2021


#218

221 - Conversations and Conversions at the Portable Planetarium

In this episode we sit down with Joey Rodman (@ [okiespacequeen] (https://twitter.com/okiespacequeen?lang=en) ), a science educator in Oklahoma whose recent Twitter thread about using a portable planetarium to reach out to flat earthers went viral thanks to their counterintuitive advice about how to discuss science denial and conspiracy theories with people who may have never interacted with a scientist before. After years of on-the-ground, one-on-one conversations, Joey has developed a technique similar to those we've discussed on the show, including street epistemology, motivational interviewing, deep canvassing, and even the socratic method. It shares elements with all of these, but was developed in-person through conversations with people who met with Joey in their communities and home towns [.] (https://ads.chtbl.com/imp_track/ea8b51ae-f188-45dc-9c49-d36278694f5b;ord=%%CACHEBUSTER%%;request_ts=%%TIMESTAMP%%;user_agent=%%USERAGENT%%;ip_address=%%IP%%;idfa=%%IDFA%%;gaid=%%GAID%%;cookie=%%COOKIE%%;publisher=%%PUB_NAME%%;publisher_id=%%PUB_ID%%;station=%%STATION_NAME%%;station_id=%%STATION_ID%%;creative_id=%%CREATIVE_ID%%;buyer_id=%%BUYER_ID%%;episode_id=%%c.episode-id-raw%%;podcast_id=%%c.series-title%%) [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

12 Dec 2021

43 MINS

43:58

12 Dec 2021


#217

220 - A Very Short History of Life on Earth - Henry Gee

In this episode, we sit down with Henry Ernest Gee, the paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and senior editor of the scientific journal Nature. I was honored to get the opportunity chat with one of the absolute titans of science journalism and science communication about his new book: A Very Short History of Life on Earth, 4.6 billion years in 12 chapters. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

28 Nov 2021

58 MINS

58:06

28 Nov 2021


#216

219 - Irrational Labs - Evelyn Gosnell

In this episode we sit down with expert in behavioral economics Evelyn Gosnell, who is also the managing director of Irrational Labs, an organization that uses social science to help other organizations make big decisions, fight misinformation, and design better products and services.In a new information ecosystems where our primate brains, which evolved to spread gossip and argue and debate and deliberate and play status games and manage our reputations among trusted peers and signal our attitudes about what we perceive as "us" versus what we perceive as "them," several organizations are helping the places where we gather to do these things create better environments in which to do them. [Evelyn Gosnell] (https://twitter.com/evelyngosnell?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) is the managing director of one of those organizations, [Irrational Labs] (https://irrationallabs.com/) , and on this show – a podcast about the science of judgment, decision making, bias, and reasoning – she will give us a behind-the-scenes look at how they use the latest research, and conduct their own research, to improve the world. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

14 Nov 2021

44 MINS

44:18

14 Nov 2021


#215

218 - Unwinding Anxiety - Jud Brewer

In this episode, [Dr. Jud Brewer] (https://drjud.com/about/) , a neuroscientist and addiction psychiatrist, discusses the biological origins of anxiety and how to unwind our feedback loops using techniques derived from [his lab’s research] (https://www.mindsciences.com/) . Since his last appearance on the show, Dr. Jud has written and published a book which is now a NYT bestseller titled Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind which he describes as, “a clinically proven step-by-step plan to break the cycle of worry and fear that drives anxiety and addictive habits.” [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

31 Oct 2021

57 MINS

57:22

31 Oct 2021


#214

217 - Livewired - David Eagleman (rebroadcast)

In this episode we sit down with neuroscientist David Eagleman to learn how brains turn noise into signal, chaos into order, electrical spikes into meaning, and how new technology can expand subjective reality in ways never before possible. In his new book, Livewired, Eagleman explores how brains come into the world "half baked" so they can create reality itself out of the inputs and experiences available. And now, thanks to that plug-and-play plasticity, with the latest tools, not only can we return senses to people who've lost them, but we can add to any brain senses we can't imagine. Show notes at: [www.youarenotsosmart.com] (https://gate.sc/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youarenotsosmart.com&token=120ae6-1-1603036794081) ---Become a patron at: [www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (https://gate.sc/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.patreon.com%2Fyouarenotsosmart&token=1604cd-1-1603036794081) ---Omny: [https://omny.fm/shows/you-are-not-so-smart] (https://omny.fm/shows/you-are-not-so-smart) ---Facebook: [https://www.facebook.com/youarenotsosmart] (https://www.facebook.com/youarenotsosmart) ---Twitter: [https://twitter.com/notsmartblog] (https://twitter.com/notsmartblog) ---Soundcloud: [https://soundcloud.com/youarenotsosmart] (https://soundcloud.com/youarenotsosmart) [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

17 Oct 2021

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:42

17 Oct 2021


#213

216 - Shape - Jordan Ellenberg

In this episode, we sit down with Jordan Ellenberg, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His writing has appeared in Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe, and he is the New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong &ndash; but in this episode we will discuss his new book, <a>Shape: The hidden geometry of information, biology, strategy, democracy and everything else</a>. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

03 Oct 2021

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:16

03 Oct 2021


#212

215 - Jerks at Work - Tessa West

In this live taping of the podcast at Caveat in NYC, Dr. Tessa West, the author of Jerks at Work, conducts quizzes to see what kind of jerk you are and what kind of jerk most-easily persuades you in the workplace. You will also learn how to counteract the behaviors of people who make work suck more than it should. West is a leading expert on interpersonal interaction and communication and will explain how to make work suck less as we return to our offices and figure out how to balance working remotely with working in-person after a year of re-imagining what work even means. West&rsquo;s new book isan exploration of all the psychological research into how and why gaslighters, bulldozers, neglectors, micromanagers and more do their thing in our workplaces and how to use what we know from decades of psychological research to counteract their Machiavellian machinations. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

19 Sep 2021

1 HR 20 MINS

1:20:10

19 Sep 2021


#211

214 - Exploring Genius

Over the course of this audio documentary series, David McRaney explores the history and science of intelligence, IQ, and remarkable talent through interviews with dozens of intelligence experts and actual "geniuses" (a 5-year-old prodigy, the man with the highest IQ ever recorded, etc). McRaney wrestles with the complexity of GENIUS as a cultural construct and considers how we can unlock its positive potential within ourselves. [LINK TO GET THE HEAR FIRST EPISODE AND GET TWO-WEEKS OF HIMALAYA FOR FREE] (https://www.himalaya.com/courses/exploring-genius-3353595?partner-from=82447707&utm_source=partner&utm_medium=david_mcraney) What You'll Learn:- The history of the word and concept of genius- How genius gets measured and defined- What life is like for geniuses, in the past, now and in the future From the creator of YANSS, a new 6-part, 7-hour audio documentary exploring the science and history of the idea and word, &ldquo;genius,&rdquo; featuring dozens of interviews with experts and those with extraordinary talents and extreme intelligence. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

03 Sep 2021

35 MINS

35:03

03 Sep 2021


#210

213 - Vaccine Hesitancy

In this episode of the [You Are Not So Smart Podcast] (https://youarenotsosmart.com/podcast/) , we sit down with eight experts on communication, conversation, and persuasion to discuss the best methods for reaching out to the vaccine hesitant with the intention of nudging them away from hesitancy and toward vaccination. Mentioned in the show, here is the link to a free online class with [Misha Glouberman] (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/how-to-talk-about-vaccine-hesitancy-registration-167873376789?aff=Podcast) where you will learn how to have better conversations with the vaccine hesitant: [LINK] (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/how-to-talk-about-vaccine-hesitancy-registration-167873376789?aff=Podcast) [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

23 Aug 2021

2 HR 51 MINS

2:51:20

23 Aug 2021


#209

212 - The Power of Us - Jay Van Bavel

In this episode,we sit down with psychologist Jay Van Bavel to discuss his new book, [The Power of Us] (https://www.powerofus.online/) , an exploration of "the dynamics of shared, social identities. What causes people to develop social identities? What happens to people when they define themselves in terms of group memberships? Under what conditions does the human proclivity to divide the world into &ldquo;us&rdquo; and &ldquo;them&rdquo; produce toxic conflict and devastating discrimination? And how can shared identities instead be harnessed to improve performance, increase cooperation, and promote social harmony?" [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

08 Aug 2021

1 HR 35 MINS

1:35:40

08 Aug 2021


#208

211 - QAnon and Conspiratorial Narratives

When we talk about conspiracy theories we tend to focus on what people believe instead of why, and, more importantly, why they believe those things and not other things. In this episode, we sit down with two psychologists working to change that, and in addition, change the term itself from conspiracy theory to conspiracy narrative, which more accurately describes what makes any one conspiracy appealing enough to form a community around it and in rare cases result in collective action.- Show notes at youarenotsosmart.com [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

25 Jul 2021

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:38

25 Jul 2021


#207

210 - Julia Shaw - The Memory Illusion (rebroadcast)

Our guest on this episode is Dr. Julia Shaw, the author of [The Memory Illusion] (https://www.drjuliashaw.com/thememoryillusion) . Julia is famous among psychologists because she was able to implant false memories into a group of subjects and convince 70 percent of them that they were guilty of a crime they did not commit, and she did so by using the sort of sloppy interrogation techniques that some police departments have been truly been guilty of using in the past. From her book&rsquo;s website: &ldquo;In [The Memory Illusion] (https://www.drjuliashaw.com/thememoryillusion) , Dr Julia Shaw uses the latest research to show the astonishing variety of ways in which our memory can indeed be led astray.Fascinating and unnerving in equal measure, the international bestseller The Memory Illusion has been translated into 20 languages and offers a unique insight into the human brain, challenging you to question how much you can ever truly know about yourself.&rdquo; [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

11 Jul 2021

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:39

11 Jul 2021


#206

209 - Masks (rebroadcast)

In this episode of the [You Are Not So Smart Podcast] (https://youarenotsosmart.com/podcast/) , we sit down with four experts on human behavior to try and understand how wearing masks, during the COVID-19 pandemic, became politicized. In the show, we take a take a deep dive into tribal psychology, which, in essence, says that humans are motivated reasoners who alter their thinking, feeling, and behaving when thinking, feeling, and behaving in certain ways might upset their peers. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

28 Jun 2021

1 HR 35 MINS

1:35:49

28 Jun 2021


#205

208 - The Extended Mind - Annie Murphy Paul

In this episode we sit down with Annie Murphy Paul, the acclaimed science writer, whose new book, The Extended Mind isall about how the brain is part of systems, and it is those systems that constitute the mind. In other words, our minds are not, as she puts it, brainbound, but they extend to our computers, our notebooks, our friends and neighbors and colleagues and partners. The environments in which we move, natural and otherwise, deeply influence how we think, what we think, and what we CAN think, and in addition, everything the brain does becomes a reference for extended thinking, and these feedback loops extend what the mind can do. [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

13 Jun 2021

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:45

13 Jun 2021


#204

207 - A Slight Change of Plans - Maya Shankar

A few weeks ago, Maya Shankar and her team reached out to me noting their new show, A Slight Change of Plans, which explores how various fascinating people have changed their minds, often after something unexpected happened in the story of their lives, overlapped in its interests and goals with You Are Not So Smart. One of her guests, Megan Phelps-Roper, was recently a guest on this show, and Daryl Davis is one of her guests who I&rsquo;ve long wanted to feature on this podcast. So, as podcasters do from time to time, Maya wondered if she could come on this podcast to promote her podcast, and seeing as our interests and obsessions and work and overall mission aligned so strongly, I said, "Absolutely, I would love that," and this is that episodeShow Notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

30 May 2021

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:49

30 May 2021


#203

206 - Narcissism

In this episode we explore what narcissism is and what is most-definitely is not. You will learn is that narcissists are not psychopaths, and vice-versa, but there is a form of narcissism which had been, up until now, confused with psychopathy, and vice-versa. According to the research of the two psychologists in this episode, narcissism may even need to be renamed, because it isn't excessive self-love, it's excessive self-loathing. Narcissists like Don Draper in Mad Men cope with their insecurity by donning a mask, and then spend most of their lives protecting that mask out of a fear of what will happen if people ever see what it hides. - Show notes at [www.youarenotsosmart.com] (http://www.youarenotsosmart.com) [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

16 May 2021

58 MINS

58:07

16 May 2021


#202

205 - Unfollow - Megan Phelps-Roper

In this episode we sit down with Megan Phelps-Roper, the author of Unfollow, a memoir of her time in Westboro Baptist Church, and an exploration what it took to convince her to leave. I interviewed Megan for my upcoming book, How Minds Change, and in this interview you will learn all about assimilation and accommodation, cult deprogrammers, and the steps Megan says one must take if they want to change someone's mind.- Vote for You Are Not So Smart at The Webby Awards! Link here: [https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/science-education] (https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/science-education) - Show notes at [www.youarenotsosmart.com] (http://www.youarenotsosmart.com) [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

03 May 2021

1 HR 50 MINS

1:50:08

03 May 2021


#201

204 - On Being Certain - Robert Burton

In this episode, we sit down with neurologist Robert Burton, author of On Being Certain, a book that fundamentally changed the way I think about what a belief actually is. That&rsquo;s because the book posits thatconclusions are not conscious choices and certainty is not even a thought process.Certainty and similar states of &ldquo;knowing&rdquo; as he puts it, are "sensations that feel like thoughts, but arise out of involuntary brain mechanisms that function independently of reason." [Patreon: http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart] (http://patreon.com/youarenotsosmart) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

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