5 Podcasts For Critical Thinking

Long commutes suck. 2017 is the first year in my working life I’ve had to regularly travel 15+ hours each and every week. Once I became aware of how much time that actually was it became imperative to at least attempt to be productive (One can only surf twitter and reddit so much, who knew?). In addition to my reading list, I decided I would give some podcasts a try after plenty of recommendations. Well after just 7 months it’s official. I’m a podcast junkie! There’s so many good ones out there, but these ones currently have my attention:

WAKING UP  – Sam Harris

Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. The Waking Up podcast was selected by Apple as one of iTunes Best of 2015 and won a 2017 Webby Award for best podcast in the Science & Education category.

Recommended Episodes:

#1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life

#11 — Shouldering the Burden of History

#18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You…)

#19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)

#71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?


Rationally Speaking is the official podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, science and pseudoscience. Rationally Speaking was co-created with Massimo Pigliucci, is produced by Benny Pollak and recorded in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Recommended Episodes:

#1 – Why Be Rational?

#134 – Science Drives Moral Progress

#165 – Success and Luck

#181 – Moral Uncertainty

UNPOPULAR CULTURE – Michael Drane / Corey Stewart

Unpopular Culture is a podcast where a psychotherapist and a team of dedicated professionals, dive into the broken underbelly of today’s society— discovering the weird and the weirdly common. New shows full of case studies, psychological breakdowns and conspiracy theories are released every Tuesday morning wherever you get your podcasts!

Recommended Episodes:

#1-4 – All the Black Mirror Episodes

#20 – Generation Gaps

VERY BAD WIZARDS  Tamler Sommers  / David Pizarro

Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Sommers) and a psychologist (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.

Recommended Episodes:

#1 – Brains, Robots and Free Will

#30 – The Greatest Books Ever Written

#39 – How Many Moralities Are There?

#59 – Tumors All the Way Down

INVISIBILIA – Lulu Miller / Hanna Rosin / Alix Spiegel

Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

Recommended Episodes:

#1 (Season 1) – The Secret History Of Thoughts

#2 (Season 2) – The Personality Myth

#1 (Season 3) – Emotions Part 1 and 2


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