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Best David Pizarro podcasts we could find (updated April 2020)
Best David Pizarro podcasts we could find
Updated April 2020
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Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.
 
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Why has a children's toy become a brand attached to virtually every media type, partnering with the most ubiquitous franchises, and serving as a pastime for many adult hobbyists who will gut you if you call LEGO a "children's toy." AFOL Brian Hirt talks with co-hosts Erica Spyres and Mark Linsenmayer about creative play vs. following the printed di…
 
Continuing on The Spirit of the Laws (1748) by Charles Louis de Secondat, aka Baron de Montesquieu. Mark, Wes, Dylan, and Seth talk more about the "motive force" behind each type of government and the separation of powers. Begin with part 1 or get the full, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "King of the Hill" by MINUTEMEN. List…
 
Alexi and Mosse chat changes for U.S. Soccer, both off and on the field with a new CEO at the helm and the rescheduling of the Olympics (5:40). Then, Cuauhtemoc Blanco vs. Carlos Vela, the 2002 USMNT vs. 2020 USMNT and new soccer rules are looked at as #AskAlexi makes its return (24:04). Finally, the guys list the players that have had the biggest …
 
Do we need professional critics regulating our entertainment intake? Noah writes for The Washington Post, NBC News, The Guardian, Slate, Vox, The Atlantic, etc., and he now joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to talk about the function of criticism, criticism as art, and the joy of negativity. We talk 1917, Midsommar, Marvel vs. Scorsese, Yesterday, Bob D…
 
David and Tamler begin by talking about the question on everyone’s mind right now – are we obligated to be pansexual? Then, since many of us have more free time on our hands these days, we thought it might be a good idea to revisit Bertrand Russell’s essay (published in Harper’s Magazine) “In Praise of Idleness.” How did workaholism become the norm…
 
On The Spirit of the Laws (1748) by Charles Louis de Secondat, aka Baron de Montesquieu. What keeps a society functioning? Montesquieu, though of course not the first political philosopher, was perhaps the first to systematically explore correlations between characteristics of a government, its people, its climate, dominant industries, religion, an…
 
Alexi and Mosse take stock of the major changes to the soccer calendar as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (2:53). Also, the guys draw a parallel between Tom Brady and Lionel Messi (18:48) following the QB’s decision to leave New England. Finally, soccer films and documentaries like “The Beckham Effect” and “The Two Escobars” are discussed (34:…
 
Here's something that might help with the Coronavirus blues: we're releasing our latest Patreon bonus episode for everyone. In this (unedited) episode, Tamler and David talk about their Top 5 Deadwood characters. If you've seen the show, let us know if you agree or disagree, or if we should go fuck ourselves. And if you haven’t watched it yet, you …
 
Mark, Wes, Dylan, and Seth summarize thoughts about our recent series on social construction, gender and sex, and Judith Butler's notion of "grievable lives." Should we stop covering so much contemporary work and/or political topics? End song: "The Size of Luv" by Mark Lint from Mark Lint's Dry Folk (2018). Sponsor: Get your first month of hair los…
 
David and Tamler start off talking about the infamous Richard Dawkins eugenics tweet. What does it mean for eugenics to “work”? And given the sensitive nature and horrific history of eugenics, is it wrong to raise the topic even if you’re just focused on the science? Hey we’re just asking questions, man… Then, huge baseball fan that he is, David in…
 
Alexi and Mosse give their early assessment on David Beckham's Inter Miami in the State of the Union (3:24). Also, a soap opera-esque love triangle in Argentina is explored in Mosse Makes the Case (17:45). Then, the best soccer cities in the U.S., Liverpool's dip and Alexi's diet are looked at in Ask Alexi (30:42). Finally, the impact of the corona…
 
Continuing on Benjamin's "Critique of Violence" (1921). Mark, Wes, and Seth keep trying to figure out this difficult essay. Is Benjamin really advocating a workers' revolution to end the state, or just reflecting on a hypothetical to explore the limits of the concept of violence? According to Judith Butler's interpretation of the essay, the takeawa…
 
Alexi and Mosse set expectations for MLS teams in the State of the Union (4:34). Also, the allure of Champions League bragging rights is explored in Mosse Makes the Case (19:49). Then, LAFC's epic CCL rally, Darlington Nagbe's USMNT future and an iconic Alexi celebration are looked at in Ask Alexi (36:58). Finally, Liverpool's EPL loss, a wild endi…
 
On "Critique of Violence" (1921). What is violence? Benjamin gives us a taxonomy: law-creating, law-preserving, mythological, and divine. Then he deconstructs his own distinctions to demonstrate that all state power is rotten through its being founded on and continually re-established by violence or the threat of it. Don't wait for part two. Get th…
 
How has Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey" as famously leveraged for Star Wars evolved with more female action heroes in film? Vi Burlew joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to talk not only about Rey, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, and Mulan, but also bring in Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Little Women, Jane Eyre, Working …
 
VBW favorite Paul Bloom takes a short break from his Sam Harris duties to help us break down the Coen Brothers' ode to uncertainty, A Serious Man. Does inaction have consequences? Can you understand the cat but not the math? Why are there Hebrew letters carved into the back of a goy's teeth? Dybbuk or no Dybbuk? Why does God make us feel the questi…
 
Alexi and Mosse celebrate 25 years of Major League Soccer in the State of the Union (5:07). Also, PSG and Liverpool's dominance of their respective leagues is explored in Mosse Makes the Case (22:27). Then, Jermaine Jones, MLS in CCL and the importance of team chemistry are looked at in Ask Alexi (37:28). Finally, the latest VAR debacle in England,…
 
On The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind (2020). What is it to be nonviolent in political activity? Most ethics allow for self-defense, but Judith has a problem with defining "self" as well as "violence," and offers a full critique of the individualism that underlies typical Western approaches to both ethics and politics. Mark, Seth, a…
 
Mark, Erica, and Brian discuss Michael Schur's NBC TV show. Is it good? Does it actually teach moral philosophy? We talk sit-com tropes, TV finales, the show's convoluted structure, the puzzle of heaven, and more. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. This podcast is part of the Partial…
 
Alexi and Mosse dive in on the USMNT and USWNT's negotiating power in the State of the Union (5:57). Also, Manchester City's European ban is explored in Mosse Makes the Case (21:49). Then, Rodolfo Pizarro to Inter Miami, Jurgen Klinsmann drama and Alexi's alternate careers are looked at in Ask Alexi (34:20). Finally, this week's UCL knockout matche…
 
Concluding "Gender Trouble" (1990), with just Mark, Wes, and Seth going carefully through pt I, sec v: "Identity, Set, and the Metaphysics of Substance," and pt III, sec iv: "Subversive Bodily Acts: Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions." Start with part one or get the unbroken, ad-free Citizen Edition. Please support PEL! End song: "I'm a …
 
Dave the New York Times culture reporter joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to consider issues raised by his 2018 biography Robin: What is with our f'ed up relation to celebrity, and what are strategies that celebrities use to deal with that asymmetric relationship to the world? Plus, Joaquin Phoenix, interview technique, the value of interviews, and mor…
 
Podcasting legend Yoel Inbar (from Two Psychologists Four Beers) joins us to break down Tal Yarkoni's "The Generalizability Crisis,” the paper that launched a thousand Twitter wars. Psychologists make verbal claims about the world, then conduct studies to test these claims - but are the studies actually providing evidence for those claims? Do psych…
 
Alexi and Mosse take stock of Timmy Chandler's recent form and how it relates to the USMNT in the State of the Union (4:27). Also, picturing Lionel Messi in the Premier League is explored in Mosse Makes the Case (16:24). Then, an Oscars-themed special takes center stage in lieu of Ask Alexi (25:29). Finally, Jay Berhalter leaving U.S. Soccer, Bunde…
 
More Gender Trouble (1990) with Jennifer Hansen. We get into the metaphysics of substance (is gender an attribute that a person has, or is there a better way to describe the situation?), performatives, Beauvoir vs. Irigaray on femininity, and the available mechanisms for changing gender norms. Start with Part One or get the full, ad-free Citizen Ed…
 
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