Two Psychologists Four Beers

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.
15: Just When You Think You’re Out
Dec 5 • 65 min
Yoel and Mickey discuss two mini-controversies recently in the news: 1) Should equity, diversity, and inclusion statements be required from academic job candidates? Do they signal the liberal values of academia, and if so, is that a bad thing? 2) Are…
14: Vices (with Elizabeth Page-Gould)
Nov 21 • 74 min
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. Why do you get paranoid when you smoke? Was alcohol really the…
13: What’s Wrong with the IAT? (with Jesse Singal)
Nov 7 • 60 min
Journalist Jesse Singal joins Yoel and Mickey 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. Why do so many science journalists…
12: Everybody Hates Social Media
Oct 24 • 63 min
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? What led Yoel to abandon Twitter entirely for two weeks, and what…
11: No Such Thing as Bad Publicity?
Oct 10 • 61 min
Yoel and Mickey discuss 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? If Yoel writes an op-ed about Mickey's paper, is that…
10: Conservative Social Psychologist Wanted (with Clay Routledge)
Sep 26 • 73 min
Yoel and Mickey welcome Clay Routledge to the show. Clay is a professor of psychology at North Dakota State University who studies the cognitive and motivational consequences of the search for meaning, including religion and other supernatural beliefs.…
9: Giving the Finger (with Alice Dreger)
Sep 12 • 60 min
Yoel and Mickey welcome author, journalist, historian, and bioethicist Alice Dreger to the show. Alice, who wrote Galileo’s Middle Finger, discusses how her upbringing, her academic background, and her own Galilean personality led her to piss so many…
8: Confessions of a Science Critic (with James Heathers)
Aug 29 • 62 min
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. Why is it so hard for some (older) scientists to…
7: When Does the Left Go Too Far?
Aug 15 • 74 min
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. The…
6: Yoel and Mickey Fall in Love (with Elizabeth Page-Gould)
Aug 1 • 78 min
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…by administering the…
5: I Love How You Hurt Me (with Paul Bloom)
Jul 18 • 66 min
Yoel and Mickey welcome Yale psychologist Paul Bloom to the show, their very first guest. In a far ranging conversation, Yoel, Mickey, and Paul discuss the potential benefits of pain. Why do we sometimes choose to suffer? Are there any benefits (to self…
4: The Replication Crisis Gets Personal
Jul 4 • 68 min
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? Why does it appear like the field is split into two, with some young academics actively…
3: WTF is the IDW?
Jun 20 • 66 min
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? Are members of the IDW actually being silenced, and given their…
2: You’re Not Wrong Walter, You’re Just an A$$hole
Jun 5 • 61 min
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…
1: In Search of the Campus Free Speech Crisis
May 19 • 68 min
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…