You Are Not So Smart

YANSS 145 – Douglas Rushkoff explains why we should revolt against the algorithms so we can get back to our essential human messiness (Sa, 19 Jan 2019)
In this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast we sit down with one of the […]
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YANSS 144 – The Backfire Effect – Part Four (rebroadcast) (Sat, 19 Jan 2019)
In 2017, You Are Not So Smart produced three episodes about the backfire effect, and by far, those episodes […]
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YANSS 143 – How to Talk to People About Things (Tue, 18 Dec 2018)
In this episode, we sit down with negotiation expert Misha Glouberman who explains how to talk to people […]
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YANSS 142 – The impact of public debate on social change (Tue, 18 Dec 2018)
Parker Wiseman ran for student office in high school with photocopied flyers. He debated the public school system […]
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YANSS 141 – How politicians misrepresent science (Wed, 21 Nov 2018)
In this episode, science journalist Dave Levitan talks about his new book: Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, […]
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YANSS 140 – How we uploaded our biases into our machines and what we can do about it (Wed, 21 Nov 2018)
Now that algorithms are everywhere, helping us to both run and make sense of the world, a strange […]
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YANSS 139 – The life-threatening impact of loneliness and how to combat it in our modern, insular world (Wed, 21 Nov 2018)
On this episode, journalist Kate Leaver talks about her new book, The Friendship Cure: Reconnecting in the Modern […]
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YANSS 138 – Rethinking evil with psychologist Julia Shaw (Mon, 08 Oct 2018)
In this episode, we sit down with psychologist Julia Shaw, an expert in memory and criminal psychology, to […]
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YANSS 137 – Narrative Persuasion (Mon, 08 Oct 2018)
One of the most effective ways to change people’s minds is to put your argument into a narrative […]
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YANSS 136 – Why solving problems can make those problems seem impossible to solve (Tue, 11 Sep 2018)
In this episode we explore prevalence induced concept change with psychologist David Levari. In a nutshell, when we […]
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YANSS 135 – Why we are more realistic when evaluating others (Tue, 11 Sep 2018)
When you think about your future health, career, finances, and even longevity — you imagine a rosy, hopeful […]
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YANSS 134 – The Elaboration Likelihood Model (Tue, 11 Sep 2018)
In this episode we sit down with psychology legend Richard Petty to discuss the Elaboration Likelihood Model, a […]
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YANSS 133 – How politics became our identity (Sun, 05 Aug 2018)
Dinner parties used to be where you avoided politics. Now talking about politics at dinner parties is the […]
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YANSS 132 – Practice (rebroadcast) (Sat, 04 Aug 2018)
You live in the past. You don’t know this because your brain lies to you and then covers […]
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Transcript: Uncivil Agreement (Sat, 04 Aug 2018)
This is the transcript for episode 133 of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast. In this episode, we spend […]
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YANSS 131 – The psychological forces that make waiting for marshmallows easier also make life itself easier (Mon, 02 Jul 2018)
In 1990, psychologist Walter Michel’s and his team released a landmark study into delayed gratification. They offered kids […]
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A conversation about how minds change with Misha Glouberman (Mon, 21 May 2018)
On April 22, Misha Glouberman of How to Talk to People About Things sat down with David McRaney […]
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VIDEO: How to Talk to People About Things with Misha Glouberman (Mon, 21 May 2018)

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YANSS 128 – The neuroscience of joy, comfort, happiness, and bliss (Mon, 21 May 2018)
What makes you happy? As in, what generates happiness inside the squishy bits that reside inside your skull? […]
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YANSS 127 – How we became self obsessed (Mon, 21 May 2018)
In this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast we sit down with my friend and […]
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