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Dr. Bo takes a critical thinking-, reason-, and science-based approach to issues that matter with the goal of educating and entertaining. You create the show by submitting your questions at http://www.drboshow.com. Bo has a PhD in social psychology, but covers a broad range of topics including: Science Education (scientific method, what is / is not science, etc.), Success, Entrepreneurship, Motivation, General Psychology, Social Psychology, Positive Psychology (well-being, flourishing, happiness, etc.), Cognitive Psychology (belief, cognitive biases, memory, our flawed brain, etc.), General Social Science, Critical Thinking, Logical Fallacies, Humanism / Secularism, and even some Philosophy.

Dr. Bo takes a critical thinking-, reason-, and science-based approach to issues that matter with the goal of educating and entertaining. You create the show by submitting your questions at http://www.drboshow.com. Bo has a PhD in social psychology, but covers a broad range of topics including: Science Education (scientific method, what is / is not science, etc.), Success, Entrepreneurship, Motivation, General Psychology, Social Psychology, Positive Psychology (well-being, flourishing, happiness, etc.), Cognitive Psychology (belief, cognitive biases, memory, our flawed brain, etc.), General Social Science, Critical Thinking, Logical Fallacies, Humanism / Secularism, and even some Philosophy.
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Dr. Bo takes a critical thinking-, reason-, and science-based approach to issues that matter with the goal of educating and entertaining. You create the show by submitting your questions at http://www.drboshow.com. Bo has a PhD in social psychology, but covers a broad range of topics including: Science Education (scientific method, what is / is not science, etc.), Success, Entrepreneurship, Motivation, General Psychology, Social Psychology, Positive Psychology (well-being, flourishing, happiness, etc.), Cognitive Psychology (belief, cognitive biases, memory, our flawed brain, etc.), General Social Science, Critical Thinking, Logical Fallacies, Humanism / Secularism, and even some Philosophy.

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Episodes

How to Stop Self-Licensing from Ruining Your Health and Fitness Goals

5/1/2015
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Self-licensing or the licensing effect is relying on reasons to justify subsequent gratification (Witt Huberts, Evers, & De Ridder, 2012). In other words, it is the process we go through when we convince ourselves that we deserve an indulgence. This is different than simply lacking will-power, and as such, different strategies need to be used to mitigate the harm this can do to us in terms of our goals. Although self-licensing can be applied to any area of our lives that require self-di. ....

Duration:00:15:39

Why Trust Scientists?

4/30/2015
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Scientists are people, and like all people, they are susceptible to biases, have self-interests, and are corruptible. In fact, corporations, lobbyists, political parties and action committees, defendants and plaintiffs will hire their own team of science experts who agree with their claims (or will, for the right price). Given the number of studies that have been done on any given issue (especially the major ones), finding data to support virtually any conclusion is not tha. . . See the...

Duration:00:13:55

The Science Behind "Group Levitation"

4/29/2015
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I apologize in advance if I come across as a party pooper—that person at magic shows who ruins the fun for everyone by giving away the magicians secrets, but there is no magic involved in what is usually referred to as group levitation. Levitation, spoon-bending, and the Ouija board are all based on similar, completely natural, psychological and physiological phenomena. There are a few scientific principles at work here. Group levitation usually begins with a person te. . . See the...

Duration:00:17:56

Do You Believe in Karma? Should You?

4/28/2015
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Strangely, one of my strongest childhood memories is when I called my brother an idiot, and two minutes later I stubbed my toe. My brother told me that God was punishing me—that seemed to make sense to me given the Catholic framework in which I was raised. Perhaps if I were raised as a Buddhist, my brother would have told me it was Karma, or a spiritual theory of moral causation that states people get what they deserve. This is a fairly common belief adopted by many. . . See the complete...

Duration:00:21:42

A Guide for Trusting Sources of Science, for the Non-Scientist

4/27/2015
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It is no secret that much of the information found on the Internet today is strongly influenced by its monetary value, or to put another way, how many clicks an article can get. Unfortunately for science and humanity, accuracy, journalistic integrity, and truth are of far less monetary value than shock, emotional appeal, and fear. As a result, if scientific information does manage to make its way into the mainstream media (assuming nothing is going on with the Kardashians that day), i. . ....

Duration:00:18:10

How To Tell If Someone Likes You (or Not)

4/26/2015
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Detecting if someone likes you or not is similar to detecting if someone is lying or not. Lie detectors, human or machine, are actually anxiety detectors since the physical signs of anxiety are associated with lying. While a person can have anxiety about lying, he can also have anxiety about being accused of dishonesty—or he can simply be an anxious person. Sociopaths rarely show signs of anxiety when lying, so these detection methods can be more than useless, but lead t. . . See the...

Duration:00:12:48

Doubting Science Because of Unknown Possible Long-Term Effects

4/25/2015
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First let me say that it is reasonable to be wary of virtually any claim (including I think, therefore I am). However, being wary of something and rejecting it are two different things. Understanding the Science The claim that there are no long-term negative effects is not falsifiable (i.e., it cannot be proven false). Long-term negative effects (or risk factors) are a possibility with the introduction of every new medicine, technology, and ideology. Scienc. . . See the complete...

Duration:00:12:46

The "All Things In Moderation" Myth

4/24/2015
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No. In fact, it is pretty much a terrible one. Heres why. Your health is too important for a simplistic heuristic such as this one. Quick rules-of-thumb are useful in many mundane circumstances such as choosing a line with the fewest people in it at the grocery store or choosing a movie based on the fact that you enjoy similar movies in that genre. However, using a 4 word heuristic for deciding what foods you should eat and avoid, how much and how often, along with what drugs you . . . See...

Duration:00:16:48

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