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Episode 38: David Pizarro: Correcting Bias-- Heuristics and Decision-Making

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Release Date: 05/28/2019

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David Pizarro is a Psychology Professor at Cornell University. He is also co host (with Tamler Sommers) of "Very Bad Wizards"-- one of our favorite podcasts! 

In this episode, David and Zach discussed moral judgement and decision-making (from personal decisions to widespread policies). They also explored mental shortcuts called "heuristics"--  how they can be tremendously helpful or quite harmful, depending on how they're used. Most importantly, They talked about strategies for correcting our inherent biases and making more sound decisions. 



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