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189 - The Vaccine

189 - The Vaccine

2020-09-2101:48:472

In this giant episode, experts on vaccines, epidemiology, psychology, and science communication explain how we created so much confusion about COVID-19, and how we can avoid doing it again when a vaccine is ready for widespread, public distribution. We also learn exactly what it will take to make that vaccine and when it will likely arrive. - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we welcome Yale psychologist Laurie Santos who discusses her new podcast, The Happiness Lab which explores how wrong and misguided we can be when we pursue the things we think will make us happy or avoid the things that we think will make us sad. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale - the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history - The Happiness Lab is a tour of the latest scientific research into what does and does not make us happy. - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, Dr. Jud Brewer, a neuroscientist and addiction psychiatrist, discusses bad habits and how to change them. He is the author of The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love -- Why We Get Hooked and how We Can Break Bad Habits -- and his TED Talk on how to change a bad habit has more than 12 million views. But...we talk about so many other things in this episode. It's a free association smorgasbord of brain stuff that will rattle your head. ::: Show Notes at YouAreNotSoSmart.com ::: SPONSORS: • The Great Courses Plus: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/SMART  • Brooklinen: www.brooklinen.com CODE: YANSS See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In Lori Gottlieb's new book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, she opens with a quote from James Baldwin that reads, "Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch." In this episode, we talk about therapy, how it works, the misconceptions around it, and how people go from resisting change to embracing the behaviors required to alter their own thoughts and feelings when stuck in destructive, unhealthy loops. You'll also learn the difference between idiot compassion and wise compassion. -- Show Notes at: youarenotsosmart.com -- -- Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart -- See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
185 - Masks

185 - Masks

2020-07-2801:37:17

In this episode we explore the psychology behind why some people don't want to wear masks, why they get angry at the idea, and why they sometimes take to the streets and city council meetings to voice that anger. Four guests help us to understand how masks, during a the COVID-19 pandemic, became politicized and what we can learn from this going forward to help prevent a similar reaction when it comes time to convince to public they should get vaccinated. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Our guest in this episode is Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, a disaster-avoidance expert who has spent more than 20 years training businesses how to de-bias themselves.  He is the author for Never Trust Your Gut and he is here to talk about his new book The Blind Spots Between Us. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
183 - Black Lives Matter

183 - Black Lives Matter

2020-06-2901:19:221

In this episode, members of the Association of Black Psychologists gather in a roundtable discussion to explore Black Lives Matter and the social movement taking place right now in The United States. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
So, you might think that, in general, as an idea, as a practice, the A/B test would be beloved, supported, and encouraged as a way to test out policies and practices and drugs and treatments, but new research shows that a significant portion of the public does not feel this way, enough to cause doctors and lawmakers and educators to avoid A/B testing altogether. -- Show Notes at: youarenotsosmart.com -- -- Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart -- SPONSORS • The Great Courses Plus: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/smart • BetterHelp: www.betterhelp.com/YANSS See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
There are several ways to define pluralistic ignorance, and that’s because it’s kind of a brain twister when you try to put it into words. On certain issues, the majority of the people believe that the majority of the people in a group believe what, in truth, the minority of the members believe. Or put another way, it is the erroneous belief that the majority is acting in a way that matches its internal philosophies, and that you are one of a small number of people who feel differently, when in reality the majority agrees with you on the inside but is afraid to admit it outright or imply such through its behavior. Everyone in a group, at the same time, gets stuck following a norm that no one wants to follow, because everyone is carrying a shared, false belief about everyone else’s unshared true beliefs. -- Show Notes at: youarenotsosmart.com -- -- Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart -- SPONSORS • BetterHelp: BetterHelp.com - offer code YANSS See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
180 - Meltdown

180 - Meltdown

2020-05-1801:53:333

In this episode we sit down with Chris Clearfield, author of Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
179 - The Memory Illusion

179 - The Memory Illusion

2020-05-0301:19:373

Our guest on this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast is Dr. Julia Shaw, the author of The Memory Illusion, 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. - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart • The Great Courses: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/smart • BetterHelp -- Offer code: YANSS -- www.betterhelp.com/YANSS See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we sit down with the director and producers of the documentary film, Behind the Curve, an exploration of motivated reasoning and conspiratorial thinking told through the lives of people who have formed a community around the belief that the Earth is flat. - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart SPONSORS • The Great Courses: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/smart • BetterHelp -- Offer code: YANSS -- www.betterhelp.com/YANSS • Brooklinen: www.brooklinen.com -- Offer code: YANSS See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
177 - COVID - 19

177 - COVID - 19

2020-04-0502:02:571

Flatten the curve. That idea has spread through the population faster than COVID-19 ever could. That’s the power of culture, of human psychology, of brains interacting with brains. Of course, culture and human psychology and brains interacting with brains are also how the virus spread to begin to with, and that is what this show is about — the psychology behind the spread, and the prevention of the spread, of COVID-19. When I asked followers on Twitter what kind of show they would want if I did a show about the psychology of this moment, the answer I received the most was, “Why aren’t people staying at home?” so, that’s the first thing we talk about (even though we may soon be asking, "Why DIDN'T people stay at home?") The second most-asked question was “how do we persuade people, in times like this, to take precautions and follow guidelines?" so that is segment two. And the other topic most requested was how do to deal with anxiety and loneliness and relationships right now. So, that is segment three. This is a show with six experts, answering all of this, across three segments: Why we respond to situations like this in the way that we do, how to encourage people to respond differently both now and in the future, and how to take care of yourself during a long period of isolation? - SEGMENT ONE: 5:00 - SEGMENT TWO: 50:00 - SEGMENT THREE: 1:18:00 Oh, and #GoVictorian - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart SPONSORS • The Great Courses Plus -- www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/SMART • BetterHelp -- Offer code: YANSS -- www.betterhelp.com/YANSS See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Priors are what neuroscientists and philosophers call the years of experience and regularity leading up to the present. All the ways a ball has bounced, all the ways a pancake has tasted, the way the dogs in your life have barks, or bitten, or hugged you when you were sad -- these all shape the brain, literally. They form and prune our neural networks, so in situations that are uncertain, unfamiliar or ambiguous, we depend on those priors to help us disambiguate the new information coming into the brain via our senses. But what happens when we don't share those priors? This episode is about the science behind The Dress, why some people see it as black and blue, and others see it as white and gold. But it’s also about how the scientific investigation of The Dress lead to the scientific investigation of socks and Crocs, and how the scientific investigation of socks and Crocs may be, as one researcher told me, the nuclear bomb of cognitive neuroscience. - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart SPONSORS • Brooklinen: www.brooklinen.com -- Offer code: YANSS See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Back in 2015, before Brexit, before Clinton vs. Trump, before weaponized Macedonian internet trolls, one NPR affiliate called The Dress, “The debate that broke the internet,” and The Washington Post referred to it as “The drama that divided the planet.” This episode isn’t just about the science behind The Dress. it’s about how the scientific investigation of The Dress lead to the scientific investigation of socks and crocs, and how the scientific investigation of socks and crocs may be, as one researcher told me, the nuclear bomb of cognitive neuroscience. - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we sit down with vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit to discuss his new book, Bad Advice or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information. Offit has been fighting for years to promote vaccines, educate the public, and oppose the efforts of anti-vaxxers, and in his new book he offers advice for science consumers and communicators on how to deal with what he calls the opaque window of modern media which gives equal time to non-experts when it comes to discussing vaccination and other medical issues. - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart SPONSORS • The Great Courses: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/smart • Brooklinen: www.brooklinen.com -- Offer code: YANSS See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In this episode, we sit down with psychologist Michele Gelfand and discuss her new book: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World. In the book, Gelfand presents her research into norms, and a fascinating new idea. It isn’t norms themselves that predict how cultures will react, evolve, innovate, and clash -- but how different cultures value those and sanction people who violate them. She categorizes all human cultures into two -- kinds, tight and loose -- and argues that all human behavior depends on whether a person lives in tight culture or a loose one. - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart SPONSORS • The Great Courses: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/smart See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast we sit down with one of the original cyberpunks, the famed journalist, documentarian, media theorist, all-around technology superstar and weirdo, Douglas Rushkoff. MIT considers Rushkoff one of the "world's ten most influential thinkers," and in the episode we talk about his latest (and 20th) book, Team Human. The book is a bit of a manifesto in which he imagines a new counterculture that would revolt against the algorithms that are slowly altering our collective behavior for the benefit of shareholders. Instead, he implores us, we should curate a digital, psychedelic substrate that embraces the messiness of human beings: our unpredictability, our pursuit of novelty and innovation, and our primate/animal/social connectedness. The book is presented in a series of aphorisms that add up to a rallying cry for building communities outside of what the machines that tend our walled gardens might suggest we build. As the title suggests, he would prefer that we turned our technological attention to encouraging and facilitating teamwork. In the book, he says that any technology whose initial purpose is to connect people will eventually become colonized and repurposed to repress and isolate them. But, the good news is that we’ve seen this pattern so often that we can now stop it in its tracks and choose to build something else. In the interview, you’ll hear what his thoughts are on all this -- and much more. - Show notes at: www.youarenotsosmart.com - Become a patron at: www.patreon.com/youarenotsosmart SPONSORS • The Great Courses: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/smart See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
171 - Partisan Brains

171 - Partisan Brains

2020-01-1301:28:26

Jay Van Bavel studies “from neurons to social networks...how collective concerns -- group identities, moral values, and political beliefs -- shape the mind and brain,” and in this episode we travel to his office at NYU to sit down and ask him a zillion questions about how the brain uses motivated reasoning to create the separate realities we argue over on a daily basis. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
170 - Mark Sargent

170 - Mark Sargent

2019-12-3001:03:01

In October of 2019 I sat down with prominent Flat Earther Mark Sargent in Stockholm, Sweden at the Gather Festival to try and understand the reasoning behind his beliefs, and non-beliefs, that run counter to the scientific consensus that the Earth is a globe. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
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E J

Thanks for the information

Sep 21st
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Mitch Fohrman

I like this podcast and important topic. But this is shoddy work. I know y'all are remote, we all are, but sounded like someone was doing dishes or something in the background. Unlistenable.

Jul 7th
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John Canttellme

ok

Jul 5th
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N Me

propaganda has been around for, well recorded history, and what Facebook does is provide a platform for propaganda..the entire thing is a gigantic social experiment, and by design the experimental participants have no clue, possibly making decisions in the real world based on what they see and read on Facebook..sooo..in the least, these experiments must carry a moderate effect on "participants " great show

Jun 16th
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Luke Rieman

Absolutely love this podcast but all the rebroadcast clutter is infuriating. It's a podcast, it's always there for when you want to listen. It doesn't need to be rebroadcast.

May 22nd
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Bram van der Grinten

david, why did you let yourself be bullied into believing we see in 2d? We have two eyes to see 3d, everyone knows that. And everyone with two good eyes has had the experience of depth perception.

Apr 12th
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rawr

great episode

Mar 23rd
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E J

"Collective action", Mr McRaney? Watch out. Your bias is showing......

Feb 10th
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E J

I think this guy just enjoys it spotlight.

Jan 5th
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Ed O'Meara

I understand the approach but he should have been challenged. The idea that he's just waiting to be proven wrong is so insincere.

Jan 5th
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Leandro Carvalho

Amazing episode

Dec 31st
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Victor Minjares

Excellent episode. This phenomenon appears related to the concepts of the Overton Window and of "anchoring" in negotiations.

Dec 6th
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E J

It's really nice when these guys self-identify themselves. The fact that these so-called "experts" have such a massive platform is truly scary.

Dec 2nd
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Ayanat Berik

wow, your voice so beautyy😍

Oct 5th
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Vladislav Dobrovan

First time I saw the dress it was yellow and white, but after I have read on wiki that actual dress color is blue and black I went back to the picture, and a miracle happend - I saw it blue and black. I was shocked.

Aug 22nd
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Leandro Carvalho

GREAT episode. Once again... Cheers from Brazil

Jul 8th
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Tumwine

This is a captivating episode

Jul 7th
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Andrew La Fontaine

too many rebroadcasts and no new content

Jun 17th
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just ane

this was a great episode , tks for that :)

May 6th
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Tess Alexa

I live in Australia. We recently had a scandal revealed that a Chinese billionaire was able to get citizenship for his family expedited by meeting with politicians in secret. I believe some policy decisions are made without us knowing. This doesn't make me conspiracy theorist.

Apr 9th
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