Aggregated reviews for You Are Not So Smart

You Are Not So Smart is a show about psychology t…

As with all things   (1/5)

I’ve read the books by the host and enjoyed them. I enjoyed the podcast. But of late the content and preachy delivery has made it one I skip or, more often, I abandon after I hear the NPR style of weeping SJW propaganda.

Philosophers’ Fave   (5/5)

This podcast is one of my philosophy club’s faves. We’ve used it in discussions of cognitive biases, street epistemology, ethics (of debate, medicine, law, etc.), and....podcast-making: YANSS is so well produced, we’ve used it as an artistic model. We are now less dumb AND more beautiful. :)

Serious and respectful   (5/5)

Taking the magnifying glass to the intricacies of how and why we believe what we do and act the way we act. Love the self-awareness it brings to my own life. This is a podcast I reference in everyday conversations on a regular basis. Thank you!

My Favorite Podcast   (5/5)

I can’t stop listening. The knowledge that this man has to share in this day in age is invaluable. I feel like I found my self after this hard year 2019-2020 listening to this podcast very very very enlightening...

Kindly Offered Redirection   (5/5)

I appreciate the kind tone as David explores my unconscious bad habits and exposes my mental traps. Always interesting. I miss the cookies. A vicarious treat has no calories!

One of my absolute favorite podcasts   (5/5)

I’ve been listening forever. As an armchair psychologist, I love the insight provided by various experts on this podcast. One of my most highly recommended podcasts.

Bad audio   (2/5)

Was eager to listen. But the audio was wacked. Bothersome pronunciation maybe even. Either way, had to turn off pretty quickly to save my ears

Hah   (4/5)

All the subjects I used to argue online in philosophical debates in the late 90s and early 00s re: epistemology and ontology now backed up by studies and data. 4 stars just for the belated confirmation bias. 😆

Even the intro is dope   (5/5)

Okay, does anyone else love how hard that into slaps? In all seriousness though, this podcast is so interesting. So many thought provoking ideas and thoughts. I can listen to this while I sit outside and it really gets me thinking about my life in this universe. Quickly became one of my go-to’s.

Great in-depth interviews and discussions   (5/5)

David does a great job (IMHO) finding interesting people to talk to about decision-making, opinions and beliefs, cognitive biases and more. The episodes really get into the topics and give me lots to think about. This is in my top-5 podcasts to listen to.

Blown away   (5/5)

Perhaps the title set my expectations low, but so far the first 10 or so episodes I've listened to have been fantastic. The episode on A/B testing is my favorite so far--some incredible revelations for me in that one. I love science, so I feel right at home with this show.

Exploration of why we behave the way we do   (4/5)

But things got weird with the crickets LOL

Just opportunity to bash trump   (1/5)

Political podcast and desperate attempt to be clever. Not a big fan of either side of politics but I do appreciate when people have integrity and come out and say that they are politically bias.

Is it over?   (5/5)

No need to rebroadcast old shows. That’s a waste and false hope this podcast is ever going to put out new material. Man up and call it. If it’s over, it’s over. No Shame. Decent back episodes.


This is one of my very few Must Have podcasts.

Great podcast   (5/5)

Very interesting episodes. I struggle with the host's accent ( Tin when he means ten, frin when he means friend etc.), and the phone interviews more often than not are of poor sound quality.

Mind blown - every week   (5/5)

If you want to understand both how amazing your brain is - and how it’s messing with you - this science-based and absolutely entertaining podcast is a great place to be. Especially appreciate the introduction to so much great research and so many smart people.

This One   (5/5)

Maybe not everyone’s cup o’ tea—but it should be. Oolong or green, I promise you’ll find a taste you’ll enjoy herein. It’s good to the last drop. And, that is not apt to my allegory.

Invigorating!   (5/5)

New subscriber! The conversations are so illuminating. I’ve always been fascinated by my own weird mind, and my funny (wildly inaccurate) way of explaining dysfunctional behaviors or relationships. It’s nice to have a place to laugh about it all. :) Thank you, David!

Amazingly informative and well recorded!   (5/5)

I just listened to the episode ‘Evil’ and although I’ve studied the topics discussed in this episode for a long time I still learned a lot of new and interesting details. The interviewer was very collected and led the discussion to all the right places; I was incredibly impressed by the pace and volume of topics covered (although I’m a junkie and I would have been even happier with a three hr episode on the subject- so I guess I should just buy the book). If I were to make a slight criticism, it would be only that the interviewer was a bit too passive, and perhaps it would make for more entertaining listening if he’d engaged personally a bit more. I’m really happy with this find however and I’m excited to hear more!

Great podcast   (5/5)

Awesome podcast for building your critical thinking toolbox

Psychology for Dummies   (5/5)

This podcast is very very informative and will make you a better person by challenging how you think about things.

Always Mentally Stimulating   (5/5)

Usually I listen to podcasts in my car, or while walking or running. This one I listen to at my desk, so I can jot down notes. I’ve learned so much, and some of the episodes have even caused me to change my behavior or attitudes.

Literally EVERYONE should listen   (5/5)

Start with #121! None of us truly understand... ourselves! Let alone why others believe/behave a certain way. This information needs to be taught far and wide if humans are to ever survive and work together effectively. After #121, listen to them all. Every episode isn’t a golden nugget of insight, but they are all worth your time. I’ve become a ‘paid subscriber’, I only wish he could produce episodes more often! Also, he models his production after proven formats which make them easy to listen to.

Excellent   (5/5)

This podcast is most excellent.

Smart   (5/5)

Informative & interesting. I skip the cookie reviews at the end though.

Smart   (4/5)

A great podcast for understanding people, and yourself, better. Some of the production isn't great (it's a one-man effort), but the content is always worthwhile. Definitely check it out.

?   (3/5)

Why can’t I subscribe to this?

Eating on podcast is weird.   (4/5)

I would give this 5 stars, but eating the cookies is weird imho.

Great, great interviewer!   (5/5)

David’s talent is bar none! He is super prepared, follows conversation incredibly, asks excellent questions, and finds awesomely interesting topics!!!

Don’t push your politics on me   (1/5)

This podcast has potential, but the host instead uses it as a personal podium to force his political opinions on the listeners. If I wanted to hear that crap I would seek out a political podcast. This was supposed to be, and still claims to be, a podcast about the human mind and its frailties. A place to learn, not a place to be condescended to from someone’s imaginary moral high ground.

Learning!   (5/5)

I’ve learned a ton from this podcast, and now am more aware of my own thoughts and actions and more understanding and sympathetic of why people do the things they do

I love this   (5/5)

Brilliant. Thank you.

Hooked from the beginning   (5/5)

I was a fan early on and finally leaving a long overdue review. I’ve easily taken more notes from this podcast than any other. There is always something interesting to learn that will make you question everything! There are some truly thoughtful and deep discussions with many of the guests, and the show is just as much a celebration of science as it is of self-delusion (i mean this as a complement).

Awesome podcast!   (5/5)

Great information with interesting interviews and discussion.

MOOOOOOAR!!   (4/5)

I’ve learned so much from this podcast! I’m always left hanging for the next episode AND the new book.

Consistently Excellent   (5/5)

Love every episode! Great work!

Life altering   (5/5)

I’ve just found this podcast and I’m very sorry that I didn’t know about it much earlier, like say, round about Jan 9, 2016. It could have saved me much handwringing and feeling like my world had been irrevocably turned upside down. It is NOT a political podcast. It is about science, sociology, philosophy, and presents interesting, prescient, and most of all fun topics that continue to turn my thinking around. I can honestly say that this podcast has helped put a smile back on my face and a maybe even a bit of hope for our survival as a species. Tall praise for sure, but for me it was just what I needed to turn things around. Thank you, David, from a most sincere place in my heart.

Great to listen to and learn   (5/5)

I love to hear all about the mind and how it works, and occasionally doesn’t work. This is a great podcast showing how we think the way we do.

Check what you thought you knew   (5/5)

A great look at all things regarding intelligence and perspective. Great way to expand your mind

Fills the cognitive psych void I didn't know I had   (5/5)

Like many, I came to YANSS from the Oatmeal and I'm so grateful for that as the show has been a really great addition to my life (and commute). Something about being 4 years deep in a graduate degree in marine science has made me extremely interested in cognitive psychology and this show does an amazing job of highlighting interesting topics and narratives in the field. Thanks so much to those that make the show! Highly recommended!

Too much ads   (4/5)

Great content --unfortunately, not much of new contents and been lots of rebroadcast recently. Also, ads are too repetitive (1 minute long every now ant then) and not so subtle as many other podcast, which makes it quite annoying.

Why aren't more People Listening to this?!   (5/5)

This is an excellent podcast that teaches you and is thought provoking. I love the subjects of the episodes, particularly "Change My View."

Fantastic!   (5/5)

Thought-out & informative topics, covered thoroughly. Well-worded & well-researched host & guests, satisfactorily cohesive episodes & all-around great way to dork out and learn cool things, in an entertaining and convenient manner!

Fascinating content   (5/5)

Very interesting and lots of points of self-reflection.

Social Psychology Nerds Rejoice   (5/5)

This show is great for anyone with a pet interest in social psychology phenomenon. These interviews with scholars and experts are interesting while maintaining nuance.

Wow mind blown   (4/5)

The intro song Fire YEARNMEAN

I am really not so smart   (5/5)

This podcast is great listening. Straight up information about how the brain works and how it fails us. I highly recommend it for everyone!

My Favorite Podcast   (5/5)

I love this podcast. It’s informative,compassionate, and fun. I repeat episodes and gain new insight with each listening. Thank you

Really fascinating   (5/5)

The amount of self-delusion in the world can get a little depressing to contemplate. But the way this podcast highlights the work of researchers who are trying to discover the truth is inspiring. I really enjoy listening to this show.

One of my favorites   (5/5)

I listen to dozens of podcasts. This is now one of my favorites. They are entertaining and educational. The cookie recipes are excellent too.

Love this podcast!!   (5/5)

Insightful and filled with fascinating people and opens my mind to questions I never thought to ask! Keep it up!!

Defines fallacies and outer useful topics   (5/5)

Insight into biases, beliefs and cookies.

Fabulous   (5/5)

So happy I found this podcast. Exactly what the world needs!!! Very good really good

Great stuff!   (5/5)

I just found this podcast and I'm so excited. This is a high quality show with fantastic content that should be "required listening" for every living person.

Everything "Stuff you should know" wishes it could be   (5/5)

So glad I found this podcast... I have been searching for something to fill the gaping void left by the anti-informative Stuff you should know podcast. This is a well-researched, thoughtful, and intellectually satisfying dive into complex topics. Thanks!

A favorite!   (5/5)

I always look forward to new episodes of You Are Not So Smart! It has transformed my thinking about my own thinking and perspectives and it's one that I constantly recommend to friends. Keep up the great episodes!

Awesome podcast! They improve from episode 1   (5/5)

I just discovered this podcast and am in full binge listen mode. It's fantastically entertaining, informative and ever so quirky. Word of warning: if you start at episode one like I did be sure to stick with it, the production quality and weird cookie segment definitely improve.

Updating to gush even more!   (5/5)

One of my favorites. Entertaining and educational. I listen to many podcasts, ranging from comedy, to college football, to video games, to news/politics and various science based podcasts. If I could only choose one from across the board?... This one would be penciled in at the #1 spot.

Cool topics but misleading descriptions   (4/5)

Based on the topics and descriptions of many of the podcasts, I got excited about the show. However, my actual experience was disappointing because I felt the key points were glossed over. In the "scams" episode, almost the entire episode is about magic tricks; only like ten minutes is about serious scams and even then the magician is the one being asked the questions rather than a social scientist. I then watched the episode on learned helplessness. It seemed much more promising, but about halfway through I realized that it went as deep as it was going to go by discussing experiments in dogs. Nothing about the applicability of learned helplessness in specific real world scenarios like people who stay in abusive relationships, people who continue holding jobs that they hate, etc. Again, there was so much potential! Great topics, engaging descriptions and intros, great host, but poor execution. I'm not sure if it has to do with the "experts" that are chosen to come onto the show, or if it is a conscious decision to scrape the surface to draw traffic to the websites of the "experts," but it is disappointing. TL;DR: This show is much better than "Stuff you should know" but the descriptions do not accurately reflect the major topics addressed in each podcast. They seem to reflect the application of whatever is discussed to real life rather than the actual focus.

Can we please stop the cookie eating voice over....   (5/5)

I love this show and the host except... when he is eating cookie...

Excellent!   (5/5)

The host is witty and does a great job of probing his guests and inserting witty humor My thirst for new psychological findings is definitely quenched when I listen to this podcast

It Pulls You Right In!!   (5/5)

Awesome podcast with a great host!! Listen and learn something!! Oh....and there are cookies!

Unsubscirbing; This podcast is actually not so smart.   (1/5)

I used to thoroughly enjoy his podcast. When they discussed vaccines, I have several problems: 1.) Most/many people no longer use the "autism vaccine" argument; its no longer relevant like you're saying it is. Those who have done their own extensive, legitimate research know there are so many problems with vaccines and vaccine un-safety that we don't resort to the autism argument...we know better. To pigeonhole everyone who wants to be able to choose not to vaccinate into the "they think vaccines cause autism" camp is disparaging to the intelligence of your listeners. And the autism argument against vaccines is the main focus as far as what you said about anyone that proves facts (which you've omitted–hundreds of peer-reviewed studies prove various, even fatal, effects from vaccines, point blank and the period.) not endorsed by the CDC. 2.) Only showing one side of the argument (your CDC-endorsed side, with their lovely plug/shameless PR at the beginning of all of this nonsense). It's also insulting to our intelligence by telling us one side and not ALL legitimate sides to any issue–vaccines happen to be the topic here, and you failed to deliver on that. The best review I can give: this podcast is not so smart. Please change the name to "whatever we decide is truth, if you listen to it, now you know it and just assume it's true, because we told you, even though we aren't sharing all sides of all articles." Doesn't roll off the tongue as well, but more appropriate.

One of my favorite podcasts.   (5/5)

One of my favorite podcasts.

Psych!   (5/5)

This is everything you didn't learn in psychology class and more. It's more fun than boring, but you really gotta be awake to get the most out of this show. Oh and listen to the end of the episodes for a cookie recipe review, just because.

Great concept. Amateur implementation.   (2/5)

I love the message and many of the inerviews but this is not a taughtly run ship. The audio is usually atrocious and there's often too much inconsequential rambling. Would love to see this picked up by Gimlet or another company that could help McRaney bring this to another level.

Great at first, average after a while...   (3/5)

When I first started listening to the show, I probably would have given it a five star review. As time has passed, the episode seem to have become shorter, not as interesting, and filled with breaks for commercials. The episodes are barely 30 minutes long and a lot (if not half) of that is sponsorship messages. Look, I understand that you need that to keep the podcast going, but perhaps lighten up on the sponsors and ask for donations from listeners. The more content (quality content) there is, the more people will like it and the more likely it will be that they'll donate. That or just make longer episodes. The last episode was more understandable because it was just an interview. That series made about different fallacies was so disappointing to me. I wanted more, needed it. So, I would say keep up the good work, but there is still lots of room for improvement. P.S. Keep eating those cookies, and make the recipes more easily available. P.P.S. Maybe I'm dumb, but I can't find them on the website.

My go-to podcast   (5/5)

A critical look into a huge array of topics, usually with experts. Lots of useful advice about how to improve one's thinking skills.

Very educational   (5/5)

I started listening to this podcast during the series on logical fallacies and I love it. It's the first podcast I've wanted to actively seek out more of and listen to. This podcast has gotten me into many other podcasts and science communicators. I really appreciate the work David Mcraney is doing.

Laying out the psychology for regular people   (5/5)

David sharing what he knows about fallacies, human psychology, and how to understand other people in general. And then right he ends each episode on a high note - delicious cookie recipes! What more could you want?

Time to get smarter   (5/5)

I love the way the topics force me to grow!

Awesome dive into psychology and philosophy   (5/5)

Very intelligent podcast about why real intelligence can be so difficult to achieve!

Blows My Mind!   (5/5)

I am constantly re-evaluating my own thoughts during/after every podcast. Super thought-provoking. Format is upbeat and friendly, as is the host.

Pretty good   (3/5)

I like the concept here but it can get a bit dry at times. Some episodes are really awesome and interesting, others are kind of academic and detached. The sound quality of certain interviews isn't too great. And also I HATE the cookie part and skip it every time.

Truly Brilliant and Educational   (5/5)

A brilliant podcast focused on how the human mind can delude itself, and ways in which we can learn to see things as they truly are. Science-focused but not disrespectful or condescending, it covers topics that may have seemed unscientific in the past for which there are now studies to delve into those topics with scientific rigor giving them a place for the scientifically inclined. It also provides updated science insights into how we think, but does not preach or bully. It's recent series on logical fallacies provide great insights to those of us who were never exposed to such issues and refreshes those who were. My top rated podcast.

Bingo   (5/5)

Instant new favorite.

reviewku   (5/5)

smart enough to read? his books and podcast are great. cookies are good too.

Über   (5/5)

Chaucer said, “Feeld hath eyen, and the wode hath eres.” That isn’t applicable here, but this podcast is über (not the car service, millennials) entertaining and ridiculously informative. Mr. McRaney’s books are equally enjoyable and should be considered required reading for all who plan to be human.

Enjoyable content with punishing ad lengths   (4/5)

The meat of the show is thought-provoking, and I've learned some interesting and applicable things. Really enjoying the current series on logic fallacies. The length of the ads though is unreasonable and infuriating. Is a 4-5 minute ad on the Great Books Club really more effective than a 30-second ad? I hate the ads so much that I can't help but try to fast-forward through them while driving - these ads could literally kill me. It's understandable to have ads, but please consider cutting them back out of respect for your loyal listeners. At least the cookie segment was moved to the end, so I don't have to risk death to avoid that.

These are great topics but he rambles on so bad.   (2/5)

Makes you want fast forward a lot.

Will the episode ever begin?   (2/5)

13 minutes into an episode and it hasn't actually started yet! They start off with a vague overview, then they go into commercials. If you're still around you make it to the actual episode. Mediocre at best.

Excellent   (5/5)

Great podcast. Very educational.

Everything I've been looking for   (5/5)

Took me too long to find it, but this podcast is the perfect mixture of neuro psychology, behavioral economics, philosophy, and scientifically valid life advice. With guests like Steven Novella and Daniel Pink, need I say any more?

My Favorite podcast!   (5/5)

My favorite podcast among more than 40 on my subscription list. Always engaging topics - I look forward to each episode!

Life Changing and then….   (5/5)

This podcast has enriched my thinking and opened my eyes in so many way, so I have to give it a five star rating. However, the last two episodes have been heart-breaking misfires. Both of them are near repudiations of everything we supposedly learned from all the previous episodes. I guess no one is immune from bad thinking. It’s just sad that, even with an inoculation of knowledge, we can slip into dualistic mysticism. So please listen to the podcast, but as you do, think about whether or not PTSD and mindfulness (despite the experts and studies) actually hold up to scrutiny.

Love the show!   (5/5)

Thanks for providing this great show, great guests, great questions!

Very happy I discovered this podcast!   (5/5)

I enjoy podcasts that deal with humans living their lives. How we work, why we think the things we think, relating to other people, self awareness, psychology, other people's journeys, etc - you will like this podcast. The flow and interaction with guests is great. Some days, a pocast host annoys me for a variety of reasons: too much fluff and talking for the sake of talking, "vocal fry", giggling, swearing, etc. So far this host has NOT annoyed me! The show is concise and informative and flows nicely. I hope this helps explain the feel of the show.

Perfect for skeptics   (5/5)

Skeptic podcast with a slant towards psychology

Love the cookie   (2/5)

But I have to ask - even if it's too late: have they considered that the title(s) you are not so smart/you are now less dumb somehow imply that they are a Grand Wizard of Knowledge? I generally like hearing about this content but if there were a place I could get it without the condescension and self-assurance I would go there. And the cookie: I like it, and I like that it irks so many people, and I like that they implicitly support people comforting themselves every now and then. But underneath the lip smacking is what I like least about this podcast: the host comforting themselves having pontificated as if they knew something about the behavior of humans. Considering that the scope and danger of cognitive bias is the very focus of the show, this kind of behavior is ironic at best and hypocritical at worst.

Smart and insightful   (5/5)

Every episode I learn something new about the way humans think and how our brains sometimes work against themselves. I look forward to every new episode.

Great stuff   (5/5)

The eps with James Burke and Colin Woodard are my faves.

Literally, a joy to listen to   (5/5)

Literally, a joy to listen to. Yeah, I said it twice.

Tasty and nutritious food for thought   (5/5)

This podcast focuses on the surprising ways our brains function, or rather, MALfunction. Material like this has the potential to be mind-numbingly dry, but McRaney has a plain-spoken, affable approach that rivals the “Stuff You Should Know” guys, except with a shade more expertise. He is one of the best examples of science communicators I have ever encountered. As a result, the listener will have an insight to the cognitive pitfalls that are typical of all of us humans. Plus: cookie recipes!

Long over due review   (5/5)

Great show! And because there's another podcast playing while I write this I can not remember the host name now. I know it usually. Lol but there are reasons the brain does these things and he is the guy to listen to for that! Ps- you sound like Kevin Klein so I may never look your face up because i already have the image stuck in my memory. :) great job!

I am now Less Dumb   (5/5)

This podcast is humbling, in that it reminds me of all the ways that I can lie to, trick and mislead myself. I enjoy the learning experience and value the times when David makes me question my instincts & beliefs. Well worth a listen!

Rebroadcasts   (1/5)

Like a lot of people, my podcast app either keeps or readily provides access to old episodes. As a result, rebroadcasts are really annoying! Not only does it generate work for me (admittedly, a small amount), it disappoints me when I was excited for a new episode. I’ll be happy to raise my rating of this otherwise pretty good podcast if the rebroadcasts ever stop.

Your brain, your mind and you   (5/5)

A fascinating and fun podcast, all about your brain and mind and how they, or maybe just it, makes up you and your thoughts, beliefs, and behavior. Good interviews, along with some brain/psychology/logical-thinking news each episode. And then there’s also the regular feature on new cookie recipes, with the recipes posted for your own taste trials.

Stick a fork in it   (1/5)

The extreme leftists and pseudoscience have taken the show over. What once was good has become a huge mess of garbage.

Halo'd be Thy Name   (5/5)

This is one of my go to podcasts. Of course, I'm biased (a major element of the show). The only thing I wish is that there were more episodes.

Intriguing and Addictive   (5/5)

Way to go David! Keep doing what you do!

Awesome   (5/5)

Fascinating discussions! Excellent interviews! Absolutely fantastic podcast. One of my favorites. Thanks.

Fantastic podcast   (5/5)

It's like a highlight reel from psychology class with no homework and an extremely interesting and well-spoken professor! I can't get enough.

great podcast   (5/5)

good stuff. cookies.

Fantastic   (5/5)

Articulate, entertaining, surprisingly humble, and intelligent discourse.

The best cookie review podcast   (5/5)

This is the best podcast on the Internet for cookie reviews. There also seems to be other stuff surrounding the cookie reviews, which are also occasionally interesting.

All Thumbs Up   (5/5)

So smart, so good. I look forward to every release of this podcast. I love the interviews and the way the host explains things. Great stuff. And I am now less dumb!

Thoroughly Entertaining!   (5/5)

I'm hooked!! Just the right amount of time to learn about something useful. Then get taken on a delicious journey to cookieland! Also love the mini-sodes in between shows! Check this pod out NOW!!

Interesting books and a great podcats   (5/5)

I love David's books, and his podcast is just as good. He has a great audio voice. To bad he didn't do his own Audio book recording. I could live without the cookie part, but I love the news that comes with it.

Great topics well handled   (5/5)

Blends data and anecdotes well into a complete picture of an issue. And does it in a way that I can repeat it to others. One of my 4 favorite podcasts. The cookie thing is a little annoying, but the show is so good, he gets a pass there. Plus, I usually just stop listening there and go to another show.

Thanks   (4/5)

Great podcast really leaves a memorable impact from each shows topic. Greatly entertaining!

Could be excellent with better audio quality   (4/5)

I really enjoy this podcast and the topics. It's fascinating to learn more about how the mind can trick itself so easily. But the poor sound quality of most of the interviews is such a distraction. I tried listening through speakers instead of headphones, which can make some poor audio more tolerable, but it was still unpleasant. With some episodes (e.g., 14, 17, 19) I just couldn't continue to listen, even though I was interested in the content. I hope McRaney will ask other podcasters for advice on recording and/or post-production of interviews, in order to get better audio quality. The excellent content keeps me a subscriber despite the problems.

Solid podcast about self-delusion   (4/5)

The podcast is a bit of a first draft of what McRaney writes about, but it also builds on it. Self-delusion is a rich vein of psychological ore waiting to be mined, and the host does a great job with getting guests that exceed my expectations for discussion. The interview segments are the best bits that he does. I’m giving this four stars for the production values, which are generally okay but sometimes absolutely terrible.

Still needs some work   (3/5)

A podcast with excellent content, but poorly presented. Stop with the cookie. Completely. Stop. But keep up the interesting content.

Excellent podcast.   (5/5)

So many interesting guests and great psychology in this podcast with a host that knows how to make a podcast great. Thank you.

Get rid of the cookies   (3/5)

Great podcast, potential to be one of my favorites but he devotes about a quarter of each episode to eating cookies. I've never been able to listen to a whole episode because of this. Get rid of the cookie section and you got yourself a great podcast

A must listen, if you like to think   (5/5)

I very much enjoyed it.

4 thumbs up   (5/5)

I wish I had more hands to give the You Are Not So Smart Podcast 4 thumbs up. I really enjoy the stories being told along with the unbiased stance David along with his guests take when sharing ideas. I've learned that it's ok to think again. Cause as long as I can think. I really think, I need to think...

Very Smart.   (5/5)

Fun to listen to.

Almost There   (4/5)

I listened to one episode and one inbetween-isode and it's almost fantastic. Very well put together, great information, knowledgable host and guests. This show has a ton of promise and I'm sure the host will come to his senses on the cookie thing eventually. The episode I listened to (#17 with Dr. Steven Novella) would have been great with one final edit on the interview to take away the "ums". If there are 5 "ums" in a minute, you're not doing your due diligence as a podcast editor; or, frankly, as an interviewer. Other than that (and the cookie thing) this is a phenomenal podcast.

Fun, Smart, and Well-produced   (5/5)

Fun, smart, and well-produced.

Now I am less dumb   (5/5)

Can't be recommended highly enough.

Cookies   (5/5)

I'm not sure why he does it at the end of the show but he eats cookies... and I actualy like it. It's weird but I love cookies and I love the science he talks about while eating the cookies. It's a great podcast well layed out, informative and gettting better everytime. Give it a shot, dont judge the cookies... accept them.

Needs work   (3/5)

Great blog. Great books. Good podcast topics. However, when you think that your audience will be entertained by listening to you spend 5min per show eating a cookie, it may be time to rethink your position as host of a podcast.

One of the best, IMO...   (5/5)

David McRaney hosts an intelligent, challenging podcast, touching on one of the most powerful forces in our lives -- the things we don't even know we think and/or do. His guests are always first-rate, top-of-their-field scholars and researchers, and the discussions are always lively. Wading into the waters of academia can get boring, quick, and McRaney manages to keep things moving while never dumbing them down. My current fave of the podcasts I subscribe to. Try it... you'll LOVE it!

Great info buuuuuut...   (2/5)

The space between episodes is intolerable. I wanted this podcast to be so much more than it has turned in to. And the interview with the air conditioner running is inexcusable. I couldn't even finish listening to it.

Excellent Show!   (5/5)

Certainly on high alert for podcasts I'm afraid have disappeared, but exceptionally good show when released.

Are we done here?   (5/5)

Shame if we are, i loved this show. Thanks for doing what you did.

More more more!   (5/5)

11:11pm? Aren't we way way overdue? Greedy much? Heh

Love it! But...   (4/5)

Phenomenal show, great thought-provoking topics, but too few episodes. I've been waiting months for a new one to come out! Keep up the great work!

love it   (5/5)

Great show!! I actually found this podcast on accident and decided to download. It is a nice diversion from talk radio. I especially enjoyed the interview with Bruce Hood. Keep up the great work!!

!!!   (5/5)

Love the show and the premise. We NEED more episodes!

Such a fantastic show   (5/5)

Great premise, great guests and I love the sense of humor. I've got to say that I'm not a cookie person myself but I am grateful that you've added that piece. (Count me as one vote for keeping it!) It really gives us a lot of your personality and I like the welcome break after the cerebral main content. Great interviews with fascinating thinkers. Thanks for the great work, David.

Keep them comming!   (5/5)

Keep it up! These are great!

Very enjoyable listen.   (5/5)

The only complaint I have is the infrequency of episodes. Of course I'd rather David keep working on quality rather than rushing a new episode out every week. Happy subscriber!

Top notch podcast about the psychology of self-delusion   (5/5)


Thumbs up   (5/5)

Awesome! Need more!!!!

Great show   (5/5)

Love to learn how we deceive ourselves

Big and Easy   (5/5)

David McRaney has a knack for talking about big subjects and complicated themes in a laid back easy going manner accessible and entertaining to all. A super show.

Good information   (5/5)

Filled with good info you can take something from. Not big on the cookie part, but it's good to be different.

More episodes   (3/5)

Over a month between episodes is ridiculous. The whole cookie thing is ridiculous. The information, when you can get it, is quality.

Far from a philistine   (5/5)

This podcast shines bright amongst the others in the fact that there is many depth and explanation to every phenomena that is introduced. I also find the cookie portion very entertaining!

Awesome   (5/5)

I want more episodes !

So far, so great!   (5/5)

This podcast is great, very informative and I can't wait for more.

Wanted so bad to like it   (3/5)

Loved the first two episodes except for the cookies... Creepy and gross. Talking with your mouth full is rude and makes you sound stupid. I can't listen to another episode unless it begins with "ok I won't eat any more cookies".

Get some sponsors and make more Podcasts   (5/5)

Hopefully you can keep it up.

I think anyone who like Radiolab should add this to their podcast playlist.   (4/5)

And if you don't know what Radiolab is yet, download it. You're in for a treat.

Love it!   (5/5)

I love the idea of the show, and the intro theme is catchy as all hell. My only advice? Pleaaaase, make more, faster! Haha. And I don't care what the others say, I'll defend the cookie thing to the death. Just so long as you say interesting things while you eat it.

Very smart   (5/5)

Very interesting Very smart I love this podcast Keep up the good work ...and keep on eating cookies!

Smart, savvy, and even a little delicious   (5/5)

Really enjoyed the "information diet" episode. Had a great guest, very smart, well spoken. Host is just funny enough where it's not boring, but not so funny (or at least trying to be) that the show turns into some cheesy comedy laced with technology talk (cough cough WNYC Radiolab). Best part, he makes a cookie at the end of the episodes based on a viewers recipe. You can choose to turn off, or just enjoy an interesting tech conversation while hearing about how great the cookie is.

Fantastic. Love the first two episodes. Excited to hear more.   (5/5)


Please stop eating while on mic   (3/5)

This is a great podcast. It's very educational with a lot of good work and research put into it. It would have got five stars but the cookie bit is very disturbing to listen to. The first two episodes made me cringe hearing you eat and moan after every bite...gross

Get on board   (5/5)


Smart!   (4/5)

Great topics and well-articulated points. The only thing keeping this from 5 stars is the cookie bit at the end of each one. I understand it's just a way for the listeners to participate but I listen to a lot of podcasts at my job overnight, and listening to someone eat while trying to record a podcast makes me want to jump in front of a car.

Enjoyed!!   (5/5)

Waiting for ep3 but so far I've really enjoyed the show, even the cookie eating. Keep up the good work!

content very good   (5/5)

good all around, keep eating cookies on mic.

Revamp the cookie idea maybe...   (4/5)

Add a character that eats the cookie and u do the VoiceOver for...if u have the ability to do so. It would add humor and u wouldn't actually have to eat the cookie just act like ur character has, however, great show!

Everything is great except the end.   (4/5)

Stop eating on the mic dude. It's gross. Everything else is great and entertaining. I'll just be fast forwarding the last ten minutes of every episode until the disgusting is put to bed.

Interesting   (4/5)

Enjoyed the first two episodes and I will probably continue to listen. Still not sure how I feel about the cookie at the end though.

We need more podcasts like this   (5/5)

I am a long-time skeptic. The more I learn about the human experience, the more I realize we make up our stories about who we are based on really flimsy evidence. We are rationalizing beings, not rational beings. I look forward to more episodes on how we delude and deceive ourselves. If we are to lead the most reasonable lives possible, we need to know about the pitfalls our cognition and perception of the world place before us.

All but the cookie   (4/5)

Loved the podcast except when he is eating while talking, that sounded terrible.

Quit with the cookies   (4/5)

Love the podcast. Interesting information so far. I've been talking a lot about what I've learned to my friends and referring them back to listen in. But the cookies at the end?! Enough. I was so annoyed. Sorry! But listening to someone eat a cookie is so gross.

Good stuff   (5/5)

Looking forward to more

Worth Your Time Unless You Are Really So Smart   (5/5)

Excellent podcast. Enlightening, engaging, well produced. I agree with the May 2 review below regarding the content and tone of the podcast; I too noted the "calmness" of the program. I disagree with the Cookie Complaint. I found that segment charming and inventive - good marketing. Keep chewing (and yumming)! I wish Mr McRaney continued success. I look forward to future shows.

Intelligent!   (5/5)

Enjoyed the first outing. Looking forward to more.

Entertaining and makes you think   (5/5)

It was very interesting and makes me think about things you wouldn't regularly think of. I wanna try that cookie also, you described it to be pretty good

Love it   (5/5)

I've always thought that more people should be aware of themselves, and that human psychology is not a study solely for scientists and psychiatrists. Each person can benefit and be humbled by a deeper look into oneself and the psyche. It's podcasts like this and books written by this gentleman that makes this stuff more mainstream and easier to digest. Speaking of digesting, the "cookies" bit works fine, seeing how the show is meant to be a light-hearted and fun affair. Keep doing what you're doing, sir. Great job.

Great show...a few suggestions   (4/5)

I found the show very interesting. I like the subject matter and the premise of the podcast. I agree with "You have angered me" on the whole cookie thing. I had a hard time listening to that one time, let alone in each future episode. I found myself getting a bit bored with the unbroken length of the interview. I could have used some kind of break, despite my interest in the subject. With those exceptions, I really enjoyed the material and look forward to future episodes. I hope the candid feedback is helpful to broaden the appeal of a great show.

I like it   (5/5)

It's a good show I look forward to hearing more.

Very interesting   (5/5)

Looking forward to hearing more.

Great content   (5/5)

The content was great and the show is very easy to listen to. I appreciate the calmness of the broadcast. You don't need "exciting" intros and to talk upbeat and loud to be a good show. It's part of the reason that Radio Lab is so great. If you change one thing, please get rid of the cookie thing. Do you know what it's like to listen to someone (not yourself) eat a fudge cookie with headphones on? My stomached is unsettled and I can't wrap my head around the idea that you would do this at the end of every podcast. I hate to be brutally honest but no one cares about you commenting on cookies. (describe, chew, comment "mmm, this is soo good", etc.) Other than that, you hit the nail on the head. Great show with a bright future.

I'll be back for seconds...   (4/5)

I was entertained throughout the entire show. The subject matter kept my attention, and even distracted me from my work, as I was doing both at the same time. Coincidentally, that is what the episode was about. Great interview, and, regarding the folks who are complaining about the audio quality of the call... it's not that bad. Just sounds like a phone call.

Fun time killer   (5/5)

A good first podcast phone interview could have been a bit cleaner but overall quality and clarity was good

Awesome   (5/5)

Fun to listen to, and you can learn something!

Interesting Podcast   (5/5)

I enjoyed the podcast and look forward to future episodes. I did find the audio quality during the interview distracting, but I have confidence that this can be remedied.

Fantastic first podcast. The kinks will get worked out.   (4/5)

It was ironic to me that Dr. Simons mentions the poor sound quality of phones (near the 10:30 mark) as his own voice is hard to make out in comparison with Mr. McRaney's. Audio snags notwithstanding, this is a pretty fantastic introduction to the mind of both McRaney and Simons. I've found the McRaney's writing to be a perfect pitch for folks with an academic background, but with a few fingers on the pulse of the rest of life and culture. I'll continue reading the blog, and now I have another podcast to throw into the rotation. I would expect people who listen to Freakonomics and RadioLab to like this podcast, for what it's worth.

Great insight into why people just aren't smart   (5/5)

I haven't listened to the podcast just yet, but if it's anything like the website, the information will astound and surprise you.

Two Thumbs Up!   (4/5)

Great first podcast. I'll sign up if the rest are half as good. Though sound volume and quality could improve. Had some trouble hearing even with headphones. Still worth listening.