Very Bad Wizards

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For any level of support above a one cent per episode, you'll get a monthly newsletter tentatively called "VBW Recommends." We'll link to a few things that we read, saw, or listened to over the past month and tell you why we liked them. Just the fact that you would sign up to support us is meaningful!

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At this level, our patrons will receive both the periodic newsletter, as well as a link to a digital download for a series that collects a set of David's instrumental beats (“Beats without Rhymes”).

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At this level, our patrons will receive the VBW newsletter, Dave's beats, and periodic bonus content: Unedited discussions about a topic that isn't quite enough for the main show.  (The first one of these is on "Hang the DJ" from Black Mirror season 4. 

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About

Very Bad Wizards is a collaboration between Tamler Sommers, a philosopher at the University of Houston, and David Pizarro, a psychologist at Cornell University. We first met at a conference on ethics about 10 years ago, and have been arguing (and occasionally agreeing) about morality ever since, often over drinks. At some point we realized that our conversations were entertaining and repugnant enough that other people might enjoy eavesdropping. We were both big fans of podcasts and decided to start our own.

The title of our podcast is sampled from the title of one of Tamler's books A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain (a title he stole from an obscure movie about a wizard). David creates most of the music--you can see our original soundtrack here.

For the last four years we’ve had a blast arguing about Kant, gender, emotions, religion, free will, revenge, blame, honor, restorative justice, artificial intelligence, porn, death, moral objectivity, Straw Dogs, comedy, Mr. Robot, and much more. Every so often we’ll even have a special guest to lend some respectability to the show. We have a fantastic intelligent group of listeners from all over the world who aren’t shy about telling us when we’re wrong. We love interacting with them on Facebook, twitter, and email.

It’s been a labor of love but it has been a lot of labor. For every episode we put in hours upon hours of work recording, editing, preparing, and producing the podcast. We also have plenty of expenses, from equipment to hosting fees, which keep growing along with our audience. Thanks to Patreon, if you’re a fan of the podcast you can help support some of this work by pledging a certain amount per episode. We appreciate all levels of support! We hope to keep doing this podcast for a long time.

Repugnantly yours,

David and Tamler
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