August 29th, 2018 | 1 hr 2 mins
data thug, empathy, goosebumps, meta-science, science criticism, science reform, zealotry
Yoel and Mickey welcome Northeastern University research scientist and science critic James Heathers to their show. Yoel, Mickey, and James discuss science reform and the need for robust science criticism.
August 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
activism, german beer, identity politics, microaggressions, negativity bias, politics, social justice, subjectivity, the left
Yoel and Mickey ask how to know when the political Left has gone too far. Assuming the Left can indeed go too far--turning off even other progressives who feel abandoned by their natural political home--Yoel and Mickey riff on ways this might manifest.
August 1st, 2018 | 1 hr 18 mins
admiration, concept creep, crying, embarrassment, friendship, gratitude, loyalty, mental health
Yoel and Mickey welcome their University of Toronto colleague and close friend, psychologist Elizabeth Page-Gould. Liz, who is an expert in close friendship, tries to help Yoel and Mickey fall in love with each other--and with her!
July 18th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
beers, big 5, disagreeableness, empathy, fiction, monkey masturbation, pain, sex, very bad wizards
Yoel and Mickey welcome Yale psychologist Paul Bloom to the show, their very first guest. In a far ranging conversation, the trio discuss the potential benefits of pain. Why do we sometimes choose to suffer?
July 4th, 2018 | 1 hr 8 mins
beers, diedrik stapel, ego depletion, questionable research practices, replication crisis, stereotype threat
In their most emotional episode yet, Yoel and Mickey discuss the replication crisis in psychology. What is meant by the replication crisis and how did it get started? How have academics dealt with the possibility that their own work might not be robust and replicable?
June 20th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
beers, christina hoff sommers, dave rubin, intellectual dark web, joe rogan, jordan peterson, political ideology, quillette, regressive left, sam harris, social justice
Yoel and Mickey take a deep dive into the so-called Intellectual Dark Web (IDW). What is the IDW and who are the prominent members of this group? Why do members of the IDW seem so cranky?
June 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
beers, bullying, criticism, methodological terrorism, replication crisis, tone debate
In this episode, Yoel and Mickey tackle problems of tone and incivility in online discussions of the scientific literature. What constitutes bullying and is the term abused to derail legitimate criticism? What is an ad hominem attack and when is it a fallacy?
May 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 8 mins
beers, campus politics, free-speech, heterodox academy
In their first episode, Yoel and Mickey tackle the alleged free speech crisis on campus. Is there reason to worry or are reports of left-wing intolerance overblown? We take a closer look and talk about what we do and don't feel comfortable saying on campus.