You Are Not So Smart

Interview with KCUR: Changing Your Mind (Sa, 03 Feb 2018)
I recently sat down with the fine people at KCUR's Central Standard to discuss my upcoming book (later this year) about how people do (and do not) change their minds.
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(Di, 30 Jan 2018)
You Are Not So Smart is a one-person operation. With no staff, the support of patrons allows me, […]
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YANSS 120 – The Backfire Effect – Part Four (Di, 30 Jan 2018)
Last year on this show, we did three episodes about the backfire effect, and by far, those episodes […]
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YANSS 119 – The Unpersuadables (rebroadcast) (Mo, 29 Jan 2018)
Our guest for this episode, Will Storr, wrote a book called The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of […]
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YANSS 118 – Connections (rebroadcast) (Mo, 29 Jan 2018)
For much of his career, science historian James Burke has been creating documentaries and writing books aimed at […]
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YANSS 117 – Idiot Brain (rebroadcast) (Mo, 29 Jan 2018)
In this episode we interview Dean Burnett, author of Idiot Brain: What Your Brain is Really Up To. […]
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YANSS 116 – Reality (rebroadcast) (Mo, 29 Jan 2018)
Back in the early 1900s, the German biologist Jakob Johann Baron von Uexküll couldn’t shake the implication that […]
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YANSS 115 – How we transferred our biases into our machines and what we can do about it (Mo, 20 Nov 2017)
Now that algorithms are everywhere, helping us to both run and make sense of the world, a strange […]
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YANSS 113 – The power of fiction to change people’s minds (Di, 24 Okt 2017)
One of the most effective ways to change people’s minds is to put your argument into a narrative […]
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YANSS 111 – Some groups are smarter than others, and psychologists want to understand why (So, 01 Okt 2017)
When it comes to group activities — projects that require teams of people to work on a series […]
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YANSS 110 – How sleep deprivation dulls our minds and unleashes our biases (Mo, 11 Sep 2017)
You can’t get less sleep than you need during the week and make it up on the weekends. […]
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YANSS 109 – How search engines inflate your intellectual confidence (Mo, 11 Sep 2017)
Fearing that new technology will lead to lazy thinking is an old concern, one that goes back at least as far […]
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YANSS 108 – Pandora’s Lab (Di, 15 Aug 2017)
The facts don’t speak for themselves. Someone always speaks for them. From the opioid crisis to vaccines, vitamin […]
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YANSS 107 – How debate leads to progress and social change, no matter who wins (Sa, 05 Aug 2017)
Parker Wiseman ran for student office in high school with photocopied flyers. He debated the public school system […]
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YANSS 106 – The psychology behind climate change denial (rebroadcast) (Mo, 31 Jul 2017)
In this episode, psychologist Per Espen Stoknes discusses his book: What We Think About When We Try Not to […]
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YANSS 105 – Optimism Bias (Di, 25 Jul 2017)
When you think about your future health, career, finances, and even longevity — you imagine a rosy, hopeful […]
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YANSS 104 – Labels (rebroadcast) (So, 23 Jul 2017)
In moments of ambiguity, we think in terms of frames, narratives, and categories. These constructs are charged with […]
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YANSS 103 – Desirability Bias (Do, 20 Jul 2017)
Confirmation bias is our tendency to seek evidence that supports our beliefs and that confirms our assumptions — […]
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102 – WEIRD Science (rebroadcast) (Do, 20 Jul 2017)
Is psychology too WEIRD? That’s what this episode’s guest, psychologist Steven J. Heine suggested when he and his […]
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YANSS 101 – Naive Realism (rebroadcast) (Do, 20 Jul 2017)
In psychology, they call it naive realism, the tendency to believe that the other side is wrong because […]
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