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 26: Terrible Advice (with Paul Bloom)

    July 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 8 mins
    advice, happiness, meaning, parenting, perversity, values

    Yoel and Mickey welcome returning guest Paul Bloom to the podcast to dispense terrible advice. We first talk about parenting—its impact on happiness and meaning, its transformation of the person; and then discuss perversity, including the enjoyment of doing transgressive things for no good reason.

  • Episode 25: Truth and Political Bias in Psychology (with John Jost)

    July 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 26 mins
    activism, conservatism, liberal bias, politics, trump

    Yoel and Mickey welcome social and political psychologist John Jost from New York University to the podcast. In a conversation centered on politics, John talks about the psychological underpinning of conservativism and why he’s not worried about the lack of conservatives in academia.

  • Episode 24: Heuristics and Biases in the Democratic Primary

    June 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Yoel and Mickey take a deep dive into the Democratic primary field, asking what the field of judgment and decision making can teach us about the large and diverse field of Democratic candidates.

  • Episode 23: Slow-Form Journalism (with Daniel Engber)

    June 5th, 2019  |  57 mins 2 secs
    concussions, imposter syndrome, marathons, progress bar, replication crisis, science journalism, wind-chill factor

    Journalist Daniel Engber joins Mickey and Yoel to talk about the evolving state of science journalism, including what he hopes are lasting improvements. He also talks about his own reporting on the replication crisis in psychology and concussions in sport.

  • Episode 22: Blend of Darkness (with Brent Roberts)

    May 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 29 mins
    5httlpr, coddling of the american mind, conscientiousness, personality, replication crisis, screen-time, self-control, senior scholars

    Yoel and Mickey welcome personality psychologist Brent Roberts from the University of Illinois to the podcast. In a far-ranging conversation, Brent holds no punches sharing his thoughts about the state of psychology.

  • Episode 21: Perils of Privilege

    April 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    bank of mom and dad, bidets, call-out culture, dunning-kruger effect, free will, guilt and shame, oppression olympics, privilege

    Yoel and Mickey discuss the pros and cons of the concept of privilege: the unearned, sometimes invisible conditions of a person’s life that give them advantages that others might not have.

  • Episode 20: Apostasy and Dissent (with Sarah Haider)

    March 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    anti-muslim prejudice, apostasy, atheism, dissent, ex-muslims, islamophobia, twitter

    Yoel and Mickey talk with Sarah Haider, the co-founder and Executive Director of Ex-Muslims of North America, an organization that advocates for the acceptance of religious dissent and supports those who leave Islam.

  • Episode 19: Two Normies Four Beers

    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?

  • A Schedule Update (Shomer F*cking Sabbatical)

    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.

  • Episode 18: What Science and the Humanities Offer Each Other (with Edward Slingerland)

    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.

  • Episode 17: Why Trump Won

    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?

  • Episode 16: How Polarized Are We? (with Anne Wilson)

    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.