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What is the Best Episode of Very Bad Wizards?

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Unbenownst to me it was a Very Special Day when, as a member of Sam Harris’ email list, I received an email announcing the first of two marathon Free Will Debates on the show. At the time I was a New Atheist Stan and was expecting Sam Harris to roll just like he does in his debates. However this one was a bit different. In total I think I listened to that episode half a dozen times (God knows how long I listened to the second one) before promptly listening to the full catalog. While it’s been hit and miss over the years (including the travesty of the Comedy episode) I can safely say it’s been more hit then miss.

Alright enough reminiscing. Let’s get to the vote for the Best Very Bad Wizards Episode of All Time. Links to episodes at the bottom. If we’re missing an episode comment at the bottom, and vote up the comment.

What Is The Best Episode of Very Bad Wizards?

Episode 163: “Should I Stay or Should I Go? (Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’)”

This episode delves into Ursula K. Le Guin’s thought-provoking short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” exploring the ethical dilemmas and moral quandaries it presents.

Episode 59: “Tumors All the Way Down (With Sam Harris)”

Joined by Sam Harris, this discussion ventures into the complex interplay between philosophy, morality, and neuroscience, presenting a unique blend of humor and deep thought.

Episode 63: “Stalemates and Closets (with Sam Harris)”

Sam Harris returns to engage in a lively debate covering various philosophical and ethical stalemates, providing insights into complex topics with a mix of seriousness and wit.

Episode 247: “Open the Pod, Dave (with Sam Harris) – 2001: A Space Odyssey Review”

Featuring Sam Harris, this episode offers a philosophical review of the classic film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” exploring its themes and enduring impact.

Episode 226: “Unraveling Time Traveling (with Barry Lam and Christina Hoff Sommers) – Barry Lam and Primer”

A captivating conversation with Barry Lam and Christina Hoff Sommers, dissecting the concept of time travel as presented in the film “Primer” and beyond.

Episode 175: “At Least We Didn’t Talk About Zombies (Nagel’s ‘What is it Like to be a Bat?’)”

This episode focuses on Thomas Nagel’s famous essay, delving into the philosophical question of what it is like to be a bat, and broader issues of consciousness and perspective.

Episode 126: “The Absurd”

An exploration of the concept of absurdity in life and philosophy, discussing how it influences human thought and behavior.

Episode 21: “Grad School”

A candid and humorous look at the realities, challenges, and idiosyncrasies of life in graduate school, offering both insights and entertainment.

Episode 15: “The Burning Bridges Episode (Pt. 1)”

Known for its candidness, this episode takes a no-holds-barred approach to discussing controversial topics in philosophy and academia.

Episode 55: “Rooting for Evil (With Paul Bloom)”

Featuring guest Paul Bloom, this episode delves into the intriguing concept of why people sometimes find themselves rooting for evil in various contexts.

Episode 46: “The Real Josh Knobe”

A deep dive into the philosophies and ideas of Josh Knobe, exploring his contributions to philosophy and psychology.

Episode 62: “Brain Jizz and ‘Black Mirror'”

A unique episode that combines philosophical reflections on the hit series “Black Mirror” with discussions about neuroscience and psychology.