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Deprofessionalizing science with Adam Mastroianni

Deprofessionalizing science with Adam Mastroianni

NeoAcademia Episode 12

NeoAcademia is a series of real conversations with trailblazing thinkers, beyond the ivory tower

I thought for a minute it might have been over, but we’re so back! I really was not sure what to do with NeoAcademia. Podcasts are so fucking annoying, and the last thing I want to do is clutter up the airwaves with another carbon copy. I was feeling pretty discouraged about exploring the shifting walls of academia, so I had to change my perspective. The way I’m looking at NeoAcademia is a little different this season:

In talking with Adam, it occurred to me that this show is about changing the vibe of scholarly discourse. I want you to witness scholars having conversations outside of their expertise, unplugged and informal, thinking in real-time, and hopefully sharing a few laughs.

It’s like Revenge of the Nerds over here, between me and

Episode Time Stamps

01:08 Corrupting the youth

04:30 Learning how to be the Good kind of Cringe

10:24 What If You Just Dd The Things You Think Are Right and to hell with over professionalization

11:42 Kimmy Gibbler and the NeoAcademic Science House

22:05 The Weak Link Problem in Science

26:01 @siminevazire on Unearned prestige: Nonzero sum players playing Zero sum games

30:13 The Validation meter

33:07 The psychology of having a sense of humor - puzzle solving as a normal human person

35:47 Academic sudoku - Respect tha game

39:36 Suffering as an academic outcome - Just cure mimetic desire!

46:20 The Ones Who Swipe Left on Omelas

50:31 Doing laps on the hedonic treadmill

51:55 The Emperors of Science command the destruction of all monkey paws and Science Emperors

57:57 How *some* money should be dispensed for grants:

01:00:29 Santa Claus running the careerist watering hole

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