You Are Not So Smart

YANSS 180 – How too much efficiency coupled with too little slack can cause complex systems to fail and why we ran out of toilet paper because of it (Di, 19 Mai 2020)
In this episode we sit down with Chris Clearfield, author of Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What […]
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YANSS 179 – How a psychologist convinced 70 percent of subjects they were guilty of a crime they didn’t commit, and other stories about the fallibility of memory (Tue, 19 May 2020)
Our guest on this episode is Dr. Julia Shaw, the author of The Memory Illusion. Julia is famous […]
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YANSS 178 – Why conspiratorial thinking has gone mainstream, why facts don’t always persuade people, and other lessons we can learn from those of us who are pretty sure the Earth is flat (Mon, 20 Apr 2020)
In this episode we sit down with the director and producers of the documentary film, Behind the Curve, […]
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YANSS 177 – Why people waited so long to take precautions against COVID-19, how to better persuade those who still refuse, and how to take bettercare of your mental health during isolation (Sun, 05 Apr 2020)
Flatten the curve. That idea has spread through the population faster than COVID-19 ever could. That’s the power […]
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YANSS 176 – How a divisive photograph of a perceptually ambiguous dress led two researchers to build the nuclear bomb of cognitive science out of socks and Crocs – Part Two (Thu, 26 Mar 2020)
When facing a novel and uncertain situation, the brain secretly disambiguates the ambiguous without letting you know it […]
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YANSS 175 – How a divisive photograph of a perceptually ambiguous dress led two researchers to build the nuclear bomb of cognitive science out of socks and Crocs – Part One (Mon, 09 Mar 2020)
View this post on Instagram Pascal Wallisch holds a tiny origami #blackswan in his office at #NYU, a […]
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YANSS 174 – Who speaks for science when evidence can be twisted, ignored, and selectively presented to support just about any conclusion? (Wed, 26 Feb 2020)
In this episode, we sit down with vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit to discuss his new book, Bad […]
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YANSS 173 – How our differing relationship with norms predicts cultural evolution, innovation, and conflict (Wed, 26 Feb 2020)
In this episode, we sit down with psychologist Michele Gelfand and discuss her new book: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: […]
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YANSS 172 – Douglas Rushkoff implores us to curate a digital, psychedelic substrate that embraces the messiness of human beings (Thu, 30 Jan 2020)
In this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast we sit down with one of the […]
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YANSS 171 – How partisan identities affect our ability to reason, rationalize, and recall (Thu, 30 Jan 2020)
Jay Van Bavel studies “from neurons to social networks…how collective concerns — group identities, moral values, and political […]
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YANSS 170 – Exploring the reasoning of Flat Earthers, a conversation with Mark Sargent (Wed, 29 Jan 2020)
In September of 2019, I sat down with Mark Sargent at the Gather Festival in Stockholm, Sweden to […]
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YANSS 169 – How scientists use children’s drawings, round rooms, and cave paintings to better understand how minds struggle to share their inner worlds (Wed, 18 Dec 2019)
Moira Dillon studies how “the physical world in which we live shapes the abstract world in which we […]
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YANSS 168 – The 12 patterns politicians fall into when they mistake, misrepresent, and mangle science (Wed, 18 Dec 2019)
In this episode, science journalist Dave Levitan talks about his new book: Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and […]
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YANSS 167 – How to talk to people about things (Wed, 20 Nov 2019)
In this episode, we sit down with negotiation expert Misha Glouberman who explains how to talk to people about […]
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YANSS 166 – The psychological phenomena that mask our progress when we attempt to change the world for the better (Wed, 20 Nov 2019)
In this episode we explore prevalence induced concept change with psychologist David Levari. In a nutshell, when we […]
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YANSS 165 – How to avoid the health costs of living a life disconnected (Wed, 20 Nov 2019)
On this episode, journalist Kate Leaver talks about her new book, The Friendship Cure: Reconnecting in the Modern World, in […]
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YANSS 164 – Why science says meetings are inevitable and essential but their awfulness is neither (Tue, 08 Oct 2019)
You probably hate meetings — most people do — and much of their awfulness feels inevitable which makes […]
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YANSS 163 – Why pursuing the things we think will make us happy can make us sad and avoiding the things we think will make us sad can make us miserable (Tue, 08 Oct 2019)
In this episode we welcome Yale psychologist Laurie Santos who discusses her new podcast — The Happiness Lab […]
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YANSS 162 – Why compelling arguments work well in some contexts but fail in others (Tue, 08 Oct 2019)
In this episode we sit down with psychology legend Richard Petty to discuss the Elaboration Likelihood Model, a […]
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YANSS 161 – How to use brain science to break bad habits by escaping the ‘event horizon of the black hole of anxiety’ (Thu, 29 Aug 2019)
In this sprawling, strange, and mind-bending episode, Dr. Jud Brewer, a neuroscientist and addiction psychiatrist, discusses the biological […]
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