You Are Not So Smart

YANSS 096 – Is progress inevitable? (Fr, 03 Mär 2017)
In his book on the history of human progress, Our Kind, anthropologist Marvin Harris asked in the final […]
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YANSS 095 – How to fight back against the backfire effect (Sa, 11 Feb 2017)
If you ask a social scientist familiar with motivated reasoning and the backfire effect if there is any hope […]
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YANSS 094 – How motivated skepticism strengthens incorrect beliefs (Mo, 30 Jan 2017)
By now you’ve likely heard of confirmation bias. As a citizen of the internet the influence of this […]
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YANSS 093 – The neuroscience of changing your mind (Sa, 14 Jan 2017)
We don’t treat all of our beliefs the same. If you learn that the Great Wall of China isn’t […]
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YANSS 092 – Avoiding the many varieties of bullshit (Sa, 14 Jan 2017)
How strong is your bullshit detector? And what exactly IS the scientific definition of bullshit? In this rebroadcast, we […]
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YANSS 091 – Revisiting how we can escape the psychological trap of learned helplessness (Fr, 23 Dez 2016)
Stuck in a bad situation, even when the prison doors are left wide open, we sometimes refuse to […]
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YANSS 090 – Questioning the nature of reality with cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman (Sa, 03 Dez 2016)
Back in the early 1900s, the German biologist Jakob Johann Baron von Uexküll couldn’t shake the implication that […]
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YANSS 089 – James Burke’s new project aims to help us deal with change, think connectively, and benefit from surprise (Do, 17 Nov 2016)
In this episode of the YANSS Podcast, we sit down with legendary science historian James Burke, who returns […]
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YANSS 088 – How to bridge the political divide with better moral arguments (Fr, 04 Nov 2016)
In this divisive and polarized era how do you bridge the political divide between left and right? How do […]
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YANSS 087 – The Paranoid States of America (Fr, 04 Nov 2016)
In this episode, we explore why Americans love conspiracy theories, how they flourish, how they harm, and what they […]
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YANSS 086 – Change My View (So, 09 Okt 2016)
For computer scientist Chenhao Tan and his team, the internet community called Change My View offered something amazing, […]
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YANSS 085 – Memory Illusions (So, 09 Okt 2016)
Julia Shaw’s research demonstrates the fact that there is no reason to believe a memory is more accurate […]
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YANSS 084 – Getting Gamers (So, 09 Okt 2016)
Why do people cheat? Why are our online worlds often so toxic? What motivates us to “catch ’em […]
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083 – Idiot Brain – Dean Burnett (Do, 25 Aug 2016)
In this episode we interview Dean Burnett, author of Idiot Brain: What Your Brain is Really Up To. […]
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YANSS 082 – Crowds (rebroadcast) (Do, 25 Aug 2016)
This episode’s guest, Michael Bond, is the author of The Power of Others, and reading his book I […]
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YANSS 081 – The Climate Paradox (Do, 25 Aug 2016)
In this episode, psychologist Per Espen Stoknes discusses his book: What We Think About When We Try Not […]
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YANSS 080 – Deep Canvassing (Mo, 18 Jul 2016)
Oddly enough, we don’t know very much about how to change people’s minds on social issues, not scientifically. […]
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YANSS 079 – Separate Spheres (Do, 30 Jun 2016)
Common sense used to dictate that men and women should only come together for breakfast and dinner. According […]
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YANSS 078 – The Existential Fallacy (Do, 16 Jun 2016)
Hypothetical situations involving dragons, robots, spaceships, and vampires have all been used to prove and disprove arguments. Statements […]
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YANSS 077 – The Conjunction Fallacy (Do, 16 Jun 2016)
Here is a logic puzzle created by psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. “Linda is single, outspoken, and […]
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