57 episodes

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

Two Psychologists Four Beers Yoel Inbar and Michael Inzlicht

    • Social Sciences
    • 4.8 • 57 Ratings

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

    The Kindness of Strangers (with Michael McCullough)

    The Kindness of Strangers (with Michael McCullough)

    Psychologist Michael McCullough joins the show to talk forgiveness, punishment, and how we came to care about the welfare of people we don't know. Also: a listener calls out our dubious math.
    Special Guest: Michael McCullough.
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    All In (with Maria Konnikova)

    All In (with Maria Konnikova)

    Psychologist and author Maria Konnikova joins the show to talk poker, life, and what one teaches you about the other. She talks with us about working with Walter Mischel as a graduate student, her decision to leave the academic track to become an author, and her latest book, The Biggest Bluff, in which she describes how she became a tournament-winning professional poker player.


    Bonus: who will win our round of Lodden Thinks?
    Special Guest: Maria Konnikova.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Being WEIRD (with Joe Henrich)

    Being WEIRD (with Joe Henrich)

    Yoel and Mickey interview one of the most influential social scientists of our generation, Harvard University's Joe Henrich. Why are people from the West so peculiar, so different from other people the world over? What led the West to be particularly prosperous? If not intelligence, what marks humans as so special? What are the various approaches to the evolutionary study of human behaviour? Does psychology suffer from a theory crisis? Has religion been a net plus to the survival of human groups?


    Bonus: Who is lazier, psychologists or economists?
    Special Guest: Joe Henrich.
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    Whale's Tale IPA | Cisco BrewersJelly King (Mango/Passionfruit) – Bellwoods BreweryPerpetual IPA - Tröegs Independent BrewingWhy Are We in the West So Weird? A Theory - The New York TimesWEIRDest People in the World | Joe HenrichThe weirdest people in the world?The cultural evolution of prosocial religionsA problem in theory | Nature Human BehaviourComplex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history | NatureThe Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter | Joe HenrichKid Cudi - Just What I Am ft. King Chip - YouTube

    • 1 hr 28 min
    The COVID debate (with Robb Willer and Simine Vazire)

    The COVID debate (with Robb Willer and Simine Vazire)

    Robb Willer and Simine Vazire join the podcast to debate whether social science, in its current form, can usefully contribute to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Is psychology ready to give trustworthy advice to policy-makers?


    Plus: Yoel shirks his beer-drinking, yet again.
    Special Guests: Robb Willer and Simine Vazire.
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    The Great Courses Plus: The Great Courses Plus is a Video-On-Demand service brought to you by The Great Courses – the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. With thousands of in-depth videos taught by the world’s greatest professors, you’ll always have something fascinating to learn about. Promo Code: BEERSLinks:
    GRIFTER PALE --The Grifter Brewing CoRoyal Canadian MeadUsing social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response | Nature Human BehaviourIs Social and Behavioural Science Evidence Ready for Application and Dissemination?PsyArXiv Preprints | Where Are The Self-Correcting Mechanisms In Science?

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Cold Takes (with Neil Lewis, Jr.)

    Cold Takes (with Neil Lewis, Jr.)

    Yoel and Mickey welcome Neil Lewis, Jr. of Cornell University to the podcast. Is psychology ready to be applied to help the response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the opportunity costs of applying a psychological intervention? How does Neil navigate Twitter so effectively? What will Neil be doing over at FiveThirtyEight? What can meta-analyses and registered reports tell us about stereotype threat?


    Bonus: How is Mickey like Jesus?
    Special Guest: Neil Lewis, Jr..
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Against Orthodoxy

    Against Orthodoxy

    After over a year of (mostly) avoiding controversial topics, Yoel and Mickey dive in to talk about orthodoxy, dissent, and "cancel culture." Does the narrowing of acceptable views make us dumber or does it represent a drawing of new moral boundaries that make us more kind? How does the silencing of dissent lead to self-censoring? Why does it appear like some people are given more permission to dissent than others? Is cancel culture leading to a right-wing backlash?


    Bonus: Why was the podcast account suspended from Twitter?
    Links:
    LINEHOUSE LONDONJW CITRUS APA | Gillingham Brewing CompanyJuicy Ass IPA | Flying Monkeys Craft BreweryPicnic - Henderson BrewingA Letter on Justice and Open Debate | Harper's MagazineThe Princeton Faculty's Anti-Free-Speech Demands - The AtlanticHarper's Letter: Artists and Writers Warn of an 'Intolerant Climate.' - The New York TimesOpinion | Do Progressives Have a Free Speech Problem? - The New York TimesHow Steven Pinker Became a Target Over His Tweets - The New York TimesThread: Since so many claim that cancel culture doesn't exist... / Twitter ‘White Fragility’ Is Everywhere. But Does Antiracism Training Work? - The New York TimesWho Opposes Defunding the N.Y.P.D.? These Black Lawmakers - The New York TimesOn a D.C. street beset by gun violence, calls to fix policing, not defund it - The Washington Post73% of Americans say race, ethnicity should not factor into college admissions | Pew Research CenterViews on America's Growing Racial, Ethnic Diversity | Pew Research CenterLarge Majorities Dislike Political Correctness - The AtlanticThe Ezra Klein Show - Free speech, safety, and ‘the letter’ | Listen via Stitcher for PodcastsTech Firms Hire 'Red Teams.' Scientists Should, Too | WIREDAn Actual Study Asked: Are Women With Endometriosis Hotter?Free speech has not been “canceled” - VoxAmericans tune in to ‘cancel culture’ — and don't like what they see - POLITICOIdentitarian Deference Continues to Roil Liberalism | by Matt Bruenig | Jul, 2020 | MediumPCgate!Open Lettergate!

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Animefan! ,

Interesting but less accessible for outsiders

I have a casual interest in psychology and philosophy and heard about this podcast from the Very Bad WIzards podcast. I find this podcast overall more focused on specifics related to the field and less accessible to outsiders then VBW. Some episodes have been fantastic with an interesting guest who gives a general overview of their specialty and related current controversies (let's be honest this is the best part). Other episodes get really into the weeds on a specific paper/theme with lots of acronyms and references that go right over my head and are less accessible to those outside the field. I have been using the descriptions to try and pick and choose what episodes I will find interesting and that's working great so far.

FormerStudent ,

Profs unchained

As a former student in Yoel’s social psychology course and Mickey’s psychology of self-control class, it’s very refreshing to hear their blunt opinions without the restrictions of a class setting. Even so, they still manage to check their own biases, and in doing so remind me of my own.
Awesome podcast.

kwerner18 ,

Congratulations on tenure, Yoel!

Yoel keeps asking for iTunes reviews and based on the review history thus far, it doesn't seem like many oblige. Since he was recently awarded tenure (as he mentioned in the recent mindfulness episode), I thought I'd throw him a bone...so here I am.

But seriously, this is a great podcast with interesting guests, topics, and down-to-earth hosts. The conversation is always engaging and both Mickey and Yoel do a great job making psychology-related topics accessible to a wider audience. Would highly recommend, even though there are many times they don't drink four beers.

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