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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 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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Can changing your body, even just for a few minutes, change your mind? Can a psychological body transfer melt away your long-held opinions and unconscious prejudices? Maybe so.
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The many faces of Bowie?
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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 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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I helped make a portion of the Reebok thing you may have just seen at the Super Bowl. LINK: http://fitness.reebok.com/be-more-human/#/page/human-score
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Nice test! I score 75% human. It would be cool to have an average score to compare one's to.
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Sorry about this, but TED took it down because of audio problems in the original upload. They tell me it will be re-uploaded soon, and I'll re-share it too. Thanks!
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If you taught monkeys how to use money, would they make the same mistakes humans do? That's what psychologist Laurie Santos wanted to know when she created the monkey marketplace...

YANSS 040 - Monkey Marketplace: http://bit.ly/14zst6B
The Topic: The Monkey Marketplace The Guest: Laurie Santos The Episode: Download – iTunes – Stitcher – RSS – Soundcloud Lions love catnip. They will roll around and lick and do all the things a hou...
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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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