You Are Not So Smart

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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YANSS 100 – The Replication Crisis (Mi, 19 Jul 2017)
Psychology is working on the hardest problems in all of science. Physics, astronomy, geology — those are easy, […]
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YANSS 099 – The Half Life of Facts (Di, 18 Jul 2017)
In medical school, they tell you half of what you are about to learn won’t be true when […]
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YANSS 098 – Why we often choose to keep useful information out of our heads (Mo, 03 Apr 2017)
The cyberpunks, the Founding Fathers, the 19th Century philosophers, and the Enlightenment thinkers — they each envisioned a […]
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YANSS 097 – What scam artists can teach us about the human brain (Mo, 03 Apr 2017)
For centuries, scam artists, con artists, and magicians were the world’s leading experts on biases, fallacies, heuristics and all […]
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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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