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.
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?