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What can magicians, con-artists, and scammers teach us about how to be better critical thinkers? According to Brian Brushwood, a whole lot. Learn more in the latest episode...

YANSS 056 - Magicians and Scams: http://bit.ly/1MxCXXp
Before we had names for them or a science to study their impact, the people who could claim the most expertise on biases, fallacies, heuristics and all the other recently popularized quirks of huma...
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Americans like to imagine that their views are independent from their surroundings, but the way you vote in the next election will be heavily influenced by where you brush your teeth and shower the day that election occurs. “Mississippi consistently votes more Republican than San Francisco, and it’s not because people with Republican temperaments...
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We've just learned that our dear friend, Michael French, has passed away. The cancer was swift.

Like everyone who laughed at his endless, perfect commentary, we loved him, so it is difficult not to feel like this is an outright theft. Mikey was a tremendous force, one of those people who reveals to you how narrow your scope was before meeting them. In the early years of our marriage he introduced us to so many challenging ideas, beautiful songs, complicated movies, strange works of art - all of which entirely alien to two country-fried 20-somethings from Sumrall, Mississippi. We talked for hours about life itself, and though that sort of talk diminishes as you get older, every time we reconnected with Mikey over the years we picked up where we had left off. He was fascinated by people, by how we live, and he made you wonder why you weren't equally fascinated or critical or moved. Spending time with Mikey was like getting a booster shot that strengthened your immunity against the crass and superficial aspects of personhood. We were lesser before knowing him, and lesser now without him.
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Can someone really conflate something as vivid and detailed as what Brian Williams claims he misremembered? Listen as psychologists Julia Shaw and Daniel Simons explain the science of misremembering in the latest episode of the YANSS Podcast.

Misremembering - Julia Shaw/Daniel Simons: http://bit.ly/1KJi1sJ
The Topic: Misremembering The Guests: Julia Shaw and Daniel Simons The Episode: Download – iTunes – Stitcher – RSS – Soundcloud   This episode is brought to you by The Great Courses. Order Beh...
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The video of my TEDx talk had audio problems. Old link is dead. This is the new link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtUCxKsK4xg …
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Thank you for having us focus on an important aspect of our lives. This is something I would like to Hangout about.
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Is psychology too WEIRD? Listen as psychologist Steven J. Heine explains how culturally narrow the study of the human mind has become over the years, and what scientists are doing about it.
YANSS 055 - WEIRD People - http://bit.ly/1DnEKLR
Is psychology too WEIRD? That's what this episode's guest, psychologist Steven J. Heine, suggested when he and his colleagues published a paper revealing that psychology wasn't the study of the hum...
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According to psychologist Bruce Hood, the person at the center of your life isn’t really there; it’s all neurological smoke and mirrors. Learn more in the latest podcast...

YANSS 054 - The Self - Bruce Hood: http://youarenotsosmart.com/2015/07/20/054-the-self-who-wasnt-there/
Is the person you believe to be the protagonist of your life's story real, or do you daily witness the unfolding tale of a completely fictional character? In other words, is your very self somethin...
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In the latest episode, you'll hear the second half of a lecture I gave at DragonCon2014, and you'll hear neurologist Steven Novella explain conspiracy theories - how they flourish, how they harm, and what they say about our culture.

YANSS 046 - Laser Eyes and Reptilian False Flags: http://bit.ly/1xF9hld
  The Topics: Just-So Stories and Conspiracy Theories The Guest: Steven Novella The Episode: Download – iTunes – Stitcher – RSS – Soundcloud This episode is sponsored by Wealthfront, the autom...
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WOW!!! PERFECT!!! a PIZZA cookie! (what a GREAT idea!)
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The NYT's coverage of recent vaccination fears begins by explaining the post hoc fallacy - http://nyti.ms/1EJqNXm  - here's the YANSS video on that fallacy: http://bit.ly/1EJrqQz
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I recommend most of the podcasts "You Are Not So Smart". They make you Less Dumb.
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David McRaney is a journalist who created the blog You Are Not So Smart where he began writing regularly about the psychology behind common biases, delusions, heuristics, and fallacies in 2009. That blog became an internationally bestselling book published by Penguin/Gotham in 2011, now available in 14 languages. His second book, You Are Now Less Dumb, was released in July of 2013, also published by Penguin/Gotham.

David currently hosts a podcast that is part of the Boing Boing podcasting family soon to be available on Sirius/XM radio and on Virgin Airlines, and he travels around the planet giving lectures on the topics he covers in his books, blog, and podcast.

David graduated with a degree in journalism from The University of Southern Mississippi where he served as editor of the college newspaper and was named one of the top 10 college journalists in the United States by the Scripps Howard Foundation in addition to winning two William Randolph Hearst awards, one for feature writing and one for opinion writing. Before that, he tried waiting tables, working construction, selling leather coats, building and installing electrical control panels, and owning pet stores.

David cut his teeth covering Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and in the Pine Belt region of the Deep South. Since then, he has been a beat reporter, an editor, a photographer, voiceover artist, television host, and everything in between. His writing work has been featured at The Atlantic, The New York Post, Lifehacker, Gawker, Boing Boing, among many other places. He is now employed as a digital media director with Raycom Media for WDAM-TV where he also produced The Green Couch Sessions, a television show focusing on the music of the Deep South.

He is married to Amanda McRaney, and they live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
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