June 5th, 2019 | 57 mins 2 secs
concussions, imposter syndrome, marathons, progress bar, replication crisis, science journalism, wind-chill factor
Journalist Daniel Engber joins Mickey and Yoel to talk about the evolving state of science journalism, including what he hopes are lasting improvements. He also talks about his own reporting on the replication crisis in psychology and concussions in sport.
May 22nd, 2019 | 1 hr 29 mins
5httlpr, coddling of the american mind, conscientiousness, personality, replication crisis, screen-time, self-control, senior scholars
Yoel and Mickey welcome personality psychologist Brent Roberts from the University of Illinois to the podcast. In a far-ranging conversation, Brent holds no punches sharing his thoughts about the state of psychology.
April 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
bank of mom and dad, bidets, call-out culture, dunning-kruger effect, free will, guilt and shame, oppression olympics, privilege
Yoel and Mickey discuss the pros and cons of the concept of privilege: the unearned, sometimes invisible conditions of a person’s life that give them advantages that others might not have.
March 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
anti-muslim prejudice, apostasy, atheism, dissent, ex-muslims, islamophobia, twitter
Yoel and Mickey talk with Sarah Haider, the co-founder and Executive Director of Ex-Muslims of North America, an organization that advocates for the acceptance of religious dissent and supports those who leave Islam.
February 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
4chan, kill all normies, political polarization, quilette, tumblr, viral outrage
Yoel and Mickey discuss Kill All Normies, a book about the online culture wars and the rise of political polarization. Plus, what was it like attending the Quillette Social in Toronto?
February 6th, 2019 | 3 mins 46 secs
#fullprofessor, housekeeping, schedule, update
We are going to be on a one-episode-a-month schedule till May.
January 30th, 2019 | 1 hr 18 mins
effort, evidence, humanities, intoxication, language, post-modernism, science, spontaneity, wu-wei
Yoel and Mickey welcome Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies, Edward (Ted) Slingerland from the University of British Columbia to the podcast. Ted discusses what the sciences can offer the humanities, but also how the humanities can enrich science.
January 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
election, patreon, politics, trump
Yoel and Mickey discuss Identity Crisis, a new book about the 2016 US presidential election. Plus: Patreon bans provocative internet personality; should free-speech advocates worry?
December 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 9 mins
free speech, metoo, polarization, tattoos
Yoel and Mickey sit down with Anne Wilson of Wilfrid Laurier University to discuss free speech, the Lindsay Shepherd case, political polarization, #MeToo, and more.
December 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
conservatism, diversity statements, free speech, liberal bias, psychology
Yoel and Mickey discuss two mini-controversies recently in the news: 1) Should equity, diversity, and inclusion statements be required from academic job candidates? 2) Are psychologists disproportionately likely to argue that free speech is in crisis on campus? If so, why?
November 21st, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
alcohol, cannabis, health, pornography, relationships, spontaneity, vices
Yoel and Mickey have their first repeat guest as Liz Page-Gould joins them to talk vices. Weed, booze and porn are all on the table (well, not literally) as we take on some popular vices.
November 7th, 2018 | 1 hr 44 secs
implicit association test, moral outrage, science journalism, social media
Journalist Jesse Singal joins Mickey and Yoel to talk about the state of science journalism, what he thinks is wrong with how people interpret the Implicit Association Test (IAT), and the pros and cons of moral outrage.
October 24th, 2018 | 1 hr 3 mins
facebook, open science, outrage, social media, twitter
Mickey and Yoel take on social media. What are the upsides and downsides of being on social media, particularly Twitter? Why does Mickey ban himself from social media for most of the day? Would the open science movement have happened without social media? Bonus: when is it a good idea to give voice to the voiceless?
October 10th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
beaver fever, media, op-ed, perverse incentives, press releases, sex doll brothel, sharing science
Yoel and Mickey discuss whether and how scientists should publicize their work. Should scientists issue press releases about their findings? Should they write op-ed columns to communicate directly with the public? Do scientists have an obligation to share their work with the public, or does self-promotion involve too many perverse incentives?
September 26th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
academia, intellectual diversity, meaning, politics, psychology, religion
Yoel and Mickey welcome psychologist Clay Routledge to the show. Clay discusses what it's like to be a non-liberal in social psychology, his experiences growing up in Côte d’Ivoire and Missouri, and his book "Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World."
September 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 50 secs
activism, galilean personality, intellectual dark web, newspapers, research ethics, social justice, truth
Yoel and Mickey welcome author, journalist, historian, and bioethicist Alice Dreger to the show. Alice discusses how her upbringing, her academic background, and her own Galilean personality led her to piss so many people off in the service of serving both truth and justice.