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You Are Not So Smart

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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.
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124 - Belief Change Blindness

2018-03-2600:40:1614

123 - Active Information Avoidance (rebroadcast)
Little did the champions of the Enlightenment know that once we had access to all the facts…well, reason and rationality wouldn’t just immediately wash across the land in a giant wave of enlightenment thinking. While that may be happening in some ways, the new media ecosystem has also unshackled some of our deepest psychological tendencies, things that enlightenment thinkers didn’t know about, weren’t worried about, or couldn’t have predicted. Many of which we’ve discussed in previous episodes like confirmation bias, selective skepticism, filter bubbles and so on. These things have always been with us, but modern technology has provided them with the perfect environment to flourish.In this episode, we explore another such invasive psychological species called active information avoidance, the act of keeping our senses away from information that might be useful, that we know is out there, that would cost us nothing to obtain, but that we’d still rather not learn. From choosing not to open open bills, visit the doctor, check your bank account, or read the nutrition information on the back of that box of Girl Scout Cookies, we each choose to remain ignorant when we’d rather not feel the anguish of illumination, but that same tendency can also cause great harm both to individuals and whole cultures when it spreads through politics, science, markets, and medicine. In this show, you’ll learn how.
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Daniel Gonçalves

great episode

May 9th
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Chinaski

Do the lobster pose!

Apr 20th
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Intrograted

Those are not 'rationalisations' for the gender pay gap. They are genuine contributing factors. It sounds to me like someone is trying to rationalise THEIR ridiculous beliefs.

Apr 19th
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Antonio Christopher Andrini

Great mix of experts, great show and great topics.

Mar 13th
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Tarun Bhatia

ya

Mar 2nd
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Viola R

Love this podcast!

Feb 14th
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S Shramasuraj

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Feb 1st
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Linda Hays

jumpy talking which is irritating

Jan 29th
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Anthony Roach

The ads are way too long in this show.

Jan 26th
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Cory Schwartz

starts with 13 minutes of ads

Dec 28th
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Gary Herman

yuk in 4 min

Dec 15th
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Gary Herman

lets see, you got 15 minutes till my pissed off review.

Dec 15th
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Paige Lieberman

First episode begins with Caravan Palace. This is my kind of podcast! Original content that turns my gears. Also, Cocktail Party hearing is something I can conceptualize but have not experienced, as I'm an INTP with Bipolar disorder. :p Thanks for the thoughtful and amusing content. Boy, do I have a lot to learn. :)

Oct 28th
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Penny Stofleth

love your show

Oct 20th
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Cesar Chavez

1min, 20 sec to start talking ohhh god

Oct 15th
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David Swift

wow what it talks about im japanese i just know alittle aften hearing this

Oct 15th
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Lori Davenport

cool

Oct 11th
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Charles LeRoy

I see a lot of parallels in this pod with behavioral economics, social psychology, and even intersecting lines into cognitive psychology...I'm feeling behavioral economics embraces "You Are Not So Smart," and more partial to that but then, of course, that may be a bit of cognitive bias on my part. Bravo!

Oct 10th
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Alessandro Ferrari

Charles LeRoy can you recommend any other podcasts on this topic?

Feb 2nd
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Wyatt Isaiah Caccia

WOW. Our brain sure makes us think were a lot smarter than we are. makes me wonder what the modern age and all this technology is doing to us. one thing for sure, gonna try to get my 8 hours of sleep tonight...

Sep 21st
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Byron Navarro

thank coming from you

Aug 23rd
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