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Global Optimum

Nov 27, 2018

This episode features:

-Can political symbols change political beliefs?

-What makes pseudoscience appealing

-How to evaluate futurism

-How do chronically accessible concepts change our perception

-How to think about the complexity of theories

-Priming: fact or fiction?

-Can barely-noticeable changes in the environment...

Nov 13, 2018

This episode features:

-Are smart phones causing young people to be more lonely and depressed

-How can the supplement industry stay afloat if so many supplements are useless

-Discussion of how a paper on psychic powers got published in a top psychology journal

-Why people are often less incompetent than you think


Oct 30, 2018

This episode features:

-A quiz to test your intuitions about which studies replicate and which don’t

-An effective altruist origin story

-Heuristics for evaluating scientific research

-The role of incentives in the replication crisis

-What should your prior be for whether research will replicate

-Which subfield of...

Oct 16, 2018

This episode features:

-Why breakups are always the other person’s fault

-Why does love cause us to see our partner as better than they really are

-How much do people lie

-What do people lie about in their online dating profile

-Is it possible to detect lies

-What traits make somebody likable vs unlikable

-How do we...

Oct 2, 2018

This episode features:

-Why men perceive more sexuality in women’s behavior than women say they intend

-Several opportunities to test your own biases

-Examples of how both evolutionary psychologists and social psychologists have explained bias the wrong way

-Why it’s unsatisfactory to say that we have false beliefs...