Two Psychologists Four Beers

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Two psychologists drink at least four beers while discussing news and controversies in science, academia, and beyond.

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  • Episode 11: No Such Thing as Bad Publicity?

    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?

  • Episode 10: Conservative Social Psychologist Wanted (with Clay Routledge)

    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."

  • Episode 9: Giving the Finger (with Alice Dreger)

    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.

  • Episode 8: Confessions of a Science Critic (with James Heathers)

    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.

  • Episode 7: When Does the Left Go Too Far?

    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.

  • Episode 6: Yoel and Mickey Fall in Love (with Elizabeth Page-Gould)

    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!

  • Episode 5: I Love How You Hurt Me (with Paul Bloom)

    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?

  • Episode 4: The Replication Crisis Gets Personal

    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?

  • Episode 3: WTF is the IDW?

    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?

  • Episode 2: You're Not Wrong Walter, You're Just an A$$hole

    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?

  • Episode 1: In Search of the Campus Free Speech Crisis

    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.