50 episodes

A podcast about psychology, academia, culture, and politics, hosted by Rachel Hartman and Paul Connor.

More of a Comment Than a Question Paul Connor

    • Science
    • 3.8 • 16 Ratings

A podcast about psychology, academia, culture, and politics, hosted by Rachel Hartman and Paul Connor.

    Catastrophe!: How Good People Make Bad Podcasts (with Chris Ferguson)

    Catastrophe!: How Good People Make Bad Podcasts (with Chris Ferguson)

    We were joined by Professor Chris Ferguson of Stetson University to discuss his upcoming new book 'Catastrophe!: How Psychology Explains Why Good People Make Bad Situations Worse'  and whether Paul can join his Dungeons and Dragons game. Thankfully we (mostly) avoided discussing *that* Qualitative Research paper.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Littrell Violence (with Shane Littrell)

    Littrell Violence (with Shane Littrell)

    We welcome University of Miami postdoc Shane Littrell on the pod to discuss his research on bullshitting, Paul's pretentious website, and Thomas Chatterton Williams' bad week online.

    Find out more about Shane's research on his website here

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Meet the Tokker (with Ethan Milne)

    Meet the Tokker (with Ethan Milne)

    In this episode we welcome marketing graduate student and TikTok celebrity Ethan Milne onto the podcast to talk about his social media fame, his research, an interesting incident at his Western University, the concept of 'elite capture,' and more.

    Follow Ethan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SEthanMilne and on TikTok at https://www.tiktok.com/@tallpsychology?lang=en

    The hijab kiss incident: https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/western-university-lgbtq-poster-sparks-muslim-community-backlash/wcm/c1b69e57-a678-45a4-be94-bab4044b46bf/amp/

    • 2 hr 4 min
    The Guns Episode

    The Guns Episode

    We discuss gun violence and mass shootings in the USA, as well as the debate around 'Great Replacement Theory.'


    Cloud Research's Innovations in Online Research Conference: link
    Tweet thread from Professor Geoffrey Miller on gun control

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Abortion Episode

    The Abortion Episode

    We discuss the moral philosophy of abortion, and make a few comments about the public reaction to the leaked Supreme Court Roe v Wade decision.

    Here's some data on the stability of public attitudes toward abortion since the 70s: https://news.gallup.com/poll/1576/abortion.aspx

    And here's some data about the relative prevalence of bi-sexuality and homosexuality: https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/how-many-people-lgbt/

    • 1 hr 22 min
    AI Stereotyping Gate! or: The First Yoel (Inbar appearance on the pod)

    AI Stereotyping Gate! or: The First Yoel (Inbar appearance on the pod)

    In this episode we are joined by famous podcaster Yoel Inbar (who we also found out is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto) to discuss a recent controversy surrounding this paper in PNAS, and the ethics of training machine learning models to judge and modify facial images in ways consistent with the stereotypical impressions of humans.

    We also briefly discussed the dumb stick-figure meme people have been talking about.

    Here are just a few pieces of research on people's ability to judge personality from physical appearance:

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

a biologist2 ,

Great! but let Smriti talk more

Thanks for speaking your mind. Too much monologuing though.

Finn Kramer ,


Mmm, not a very tasty meatball

Prof app ,

Profound and insightful

I love how this podcast features honest, thoughtful people wrestling with important topics. I just really appreciate how open and self-critical the discussions are. Perhaps my favorite moment is when Smriti endorsed the idea of taking away Trump's Twitter platform, and Paul asked whether that stance contradicted an earlier position she had staked out on free speech. Hearing them working through the tension between important values.

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