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A podcast about what we think as well as how and why we think it.

A podcast about what we think as well as how and why we think it.

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United States

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A podcast about what we think as well as how and why we think it.

Twitter:

@byrd_nick

Language:

English

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Episodes

Ep. 10 - Great Minds Do Not Think Alike

5/4/2022
This time I read my 2022 paper in Review of Philosophy and Psychology titled, "Great Minds Do Not Think Alike: Philosophers' Views Predicted by Reflection, Education, Personality, and Other Demographic Differences". As the title suggests, various psychological factors predicted variance in philosophers' answers to classic philosophical questions. This raises questions about how psychological and demographic differences can explain philosophical differences. There are also implications for...

Duration:00:47:13

Ep. 9 - Bounded Reflectivism & Epistemic Identity

4/6/2022
In this episode, I read one of my 2022 articles in Metaphilosophy titled, "Bounded Reflectivism & Epistemic Identity". Does reflective reasoning help or hinder our judgment? In this paper, I take a middle view between reflectivism and anti-reflectivism that I call bounded reflectivism. The idea is that reflection is a tool that can be used to improve our judgment or for other purposes (such as to defend the beliefs that we consider essential to our identity—a.k.a., our "epistemic identity")....

Duration:00:40:55

Ep. 8 - Reflective Reasoning & Philosophy

3/23/2022
On this episode, I read one of my articles from 2021 titled, "Reflective Reasoning and Philosophy" in Philosophy Compass. Both philosophers and cognitive scientists seem to think that philosophical thinking could depend on whether we reason intuitively or reflectively. In this paper, I review the claims, scientific methods, evidence, and what we may need to do to improve our understanding of reflection's role in philosophical thinking. As with all of my writing, a free preprint can be found...

Duration:00:24:03

Ep. 7 - Do Unreflective Intentions Undermine Free Will?

8/10/2021
On this episode of Upon Reflection, I read my 2021 paper in Logoi titled, "On Second Thought, Libet-style Unreflective Intentions May Be Compatible With Free Will". Imagine if I could predict your behavior before you even became of your conscious of your intention to behave that way. Would this mean that you don't have free will? I used to think so. In this paper, I explain why I was wrong: my view of free will involved magical thinking. Some figures from the paper. As with all of my...

Duration:00:16:43

Ep. 6 - Your Health vs. My Liberty (Pandemic Psychology Research)

7/18/2021
Welcome to the latest episode of Upon Reflection. This time, I read my paper with Michał Białek, "Your health vs. my liberty: Philosophical beliefs dominated reflection and identifiable victim effects when predicting public health recommendation compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic" (Total N = 998). As the title suggests we found that complying with public health recommendations didn't depend on whether people received messaging about identifiable COVID-19 victims or statistical victims...

Duration:00:46:51

Ep. 5 - Reflective Reasoning For Real People (Dissertation Defense Overview)

8/10/2020
Welcome to Upon Reflection. In this episode, I review the major take-aways and findings from my dissertation titled, "Reflective Reasoning For Real People". I explain what cognitive scientists mean by terms like "reflective reasoning", how reflection is measured empirically, how reflection can either help or hinder our reasoning, how more reflective philosophers tend toward certain philosophical beliefs, and how reflection may help us retrain our implicit biases. The recording is from my...

Duration:00:15:52

Ep. 4 - Online Conferences: Some History, Methods, and Benefits

5/4/2020
In this episode of Upon Reflection, I explain how academics should conference better. More accurately, I read my chapter, "Online Conferences: Some History, Methods, and Benefits" from Right Research: Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene. This chapter reviews some history of online academic conferencing going back to the 1970s, explain the potential advantages of online conferences, report quantitative and qualitative results from three online conferences, and urge...

Duration:00:34:47

Ep. 3 - Causal Network Accounts of Ill-being

1/12/2020
In this podcast, I read my chapter, "Causal Network Accounts of Ill-being: Depression & Digital Well-being". The paper reviews how well-being and ill-being can be understood in terms of the causal networks studied by economists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and other scientists.

Duration:00:40:20

Ep. 2 - Not All Who Ponder Count Costs

9/2/2019
In this podcast episode , I'll be reading Paul Conway's and my recent paper about moral dilemmas entitled, "Not all who ponder count costs: Arithmetic reflection predicts utilitarian tendencies, but logical reflection predicts both deontological and utilitarian tendencies". In this paper we find that—contrary to some dual process theories' claims—consequentialist responses to moral dilemmas may not be more reflective per se, but rather more influenced by mathematical information. As with all...

Duration:01:19:34

Ep. 1 - What We Can Infer About Implicit Bias

8/19/2019
Welcome to the first episode of Upon Reflection, a podcast about what we think as well as how and why we think it. In this podcast, I'll be reading my paper entitled, "What We Can (And Can't) Infer About Implicit Bias From Debiasing Experiments". I argue that implicit bias is not entirely unconscious or involuntary, but it probably is associative. As with all of my papers, the free preprint of the paper can be found on my CV at byrdnick.com/cv under "Publications". If this sounds like the...

Duration:00:53:22

Episode 0 - Welcome to Upon Reflection with Nick Byrd

7/29/2019
Welcome to the first, introductory episode of Upon Reflection, a podcast about the philosophy of cognitive science and the cognitive science of philosophy. In this podcast I'll be sharing my own and others' research with you. For instance, I'll talk about the differences between intuition and reflection and how intuitive reasoning predicts different philosophical beliefs than reflective reasoning. I'll also discuss topics like implicit bias and how—contrary to what you may have...

Duration:00:01:24