Two Psychologists Four Beers

About the show

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

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  • Episode 57: Against Academia?

    November 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 19 mins
    academia, graduate school, hiring, research

    Mickey and Yoel tackle the pros and cons of academia. As an academic, is it taboo to say you love your job? How hard do we work anyway? If we ran the world, how would we change academic hiring?

  • Episode 56: The Kindness of Strangers (with Michael McCullough)

    October 21st, 2020  |  1 hr 39 mins
    altruism, forgiveness, restorative justice, revenge

    Psychologist Michael McCullough joins the show to talk forgiveness, punishment, and altruism towards strangers.

  • Episode 55: All In (with Maria Konnikova)

    October 7th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    bourbon, chance, decision-making, poker

    Psychologist and author Maria Konnikova joins the show to talk poker, life, and what one teaches you about the other.

  • Episode 54: Being WEIRD (with Joe Henrich)

    September 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 28 mins
    anthropology, culture, economics, evolution, religion, theory crisis, weird people problem

    Yoel and Mickey host Harvard University polymath Joe Henrich on the podcast to talk about his new book on why the west has become so prosperous, the secret of human's success, and the cognitive science of religion.

  • Episode 53: The COVID debate (with Robb Willer and Simine Vazire)

    September 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 36 mins
    covid, debate, intervention, policy

    Robb Willer and Simine Vazire join the podcast to debate whether social science, in its current state, can usefully contribute to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Episode 52: Cold Takes (with Neil Lewis, Jr.)

    August 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins
    field research, interventions, open science, opportunity costs, stereotype threat, twitter

    Yoel and Mickey welcome Neil Lewis, Jr. to the podcast to talk about interventions, field research, stereotype threat, and open science.

  • Episode 51: Against Orthodoxy

    August 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 14 mins
    cancel culture, dissent, free speech, orthodoxy, power, self-censoring, twitter

    Yoel and Mickey discuss the problems with orthodoxy and punishment of dissenting views in a fraught political climate.

  • Episode 50: The Upside of Feeling Bad (with Claudia Haase)

    July 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 23 mins
    east germany, emotion regulation, errors, failure, open science, relationships, twitter

    Yoel and Mickey celebrate their 50th episode by welcoming Claudia Haase to the podcast to discuss relationships, life in East Germany before the fall of the Wall, admitting to mistakes, and the upside of failure.

  • Episode 49: Why Buddhism is Wrong (with Evan Thompson)

    July 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 19 mins
    buddhism, embodied cognition, mindfulness, phenomenology, religion, the self

    Yoel and Mickey welcome philosopher Evan Thompson to the show to talk about Buddhism, the self. embodied cognition, phenomenology, evolutionary psychology, and growing up on a commune.

  • Episode 48: Clocks and Garbage Cans (with Rachel Ruttan)

    July 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 20 mins
    figure skating, organizational behavior, radicalization, sacred values, theory

    Yoel and Mickey welcome B-school professor Rachel Ruttan to the show to discuss life in a business school, differences between psychology and organizational behavior, and her research on sacred valued and radicalization.

  • Episode 47: Talking about Racism (with Keith Maddox)

    June 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 29 mins
    confronting racism, implicit bias, racism, shadeism, structural inequalities

    Yoel and Mickey welcome back returning guest Keith Maddox to talk about racism, shadeism, confronting prejudice, the perils of implicit bias training, and check-ins from White friends.

  • Episode 46: Very Good Men (with Very Bad Wizards)

    June 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 37 mins
    art, intellectual dark web, measurement, philosophy, psychology

    Yoel and Mickey grudgingly host their rivals from Very Bad Wizards, Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro, to talk shit about psychology, philosophy, and the Intellectual Dark Web.