Rationally Speaking

Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join hosts Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game as long as we can bring reason to bear upon it, with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor! We agree with the Marquis de Condorcet, who said that in an open society we ought to devote ourselves to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." Rationally Speaking is produced by Benny Pollak and is recorded in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 50m. Bisher sind 241 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein zweiwöchentlich erscheinender Podcast
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Rationally Speaking #241 - Thibault Le Texier on "Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment"


On this episode, Thibault Le Texier and Julia discuss his findings on the Stanford Prison Experiment, how the experimenters got away with such a significant misrepresentation for so long, and what this whole affair says about the field of psychology.


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Rationally Speaking #240 - David Manheim on "Goodhart's Law and why metrics fail"


In this episode, decision theorist David Manheim explains the dynamics behind Goodhart's Law ("When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to become a good measure") and some potential solutions to it.


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 2019-09-17  59m
 
 

Rationally Speaking #239 - Saloni Dattani on "The debate over whether male and female brains are different"


Several recent books have argued there's no difference between male and female brains. Saloni Dattani, a PhD in psychiatric genetics, discusses some of the problems with the argument, and what we really know so far about gender and the brain.


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 2019-09-03  48m
 
 

Rationally Speaking #238 - Razib Khan on "Stuff I've Been Wrong About"


It's rare for public intellectuals to talk about things they've gotten wrong, but geneticist Razib Khan is an exception. He and Julia discuss a list of 28 things he's changed his mind about in the last decade.


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 2019-08-20  51m
 
 

Rationally Speaking #237 - Andy Przybylski on "Is screen time bad for you?"


It's common wisdom that spending a lot of time on your smartphone, or checking social media like Facebook and Twitter, takes a psychological toll. But is there any research to back that up? Julia discusses the evidence with professor Andy Przybylski.


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 2019-08-06  53m
 
 

Rationally Speaking #236 - Alex Tabarrok on "Why are the Prices So D*mn High?"


In this episode, economist Alex Tabarrok discusses his latest book, co-authored with Eric Heller, "Why are the Prices So D*mn High?," which blames rising costs on a phenomenon called the Baumol Effect.


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 2019-07-23  52m
 
 

Rationally Speaking #235 - Tage Rai on "Why people think their violence is morally justified"


We typically think of violence as being caused by a lack of control, or by selfish motives. But what if, more often than not, violence is intended to be morally righteous? Author Tage Rai debates this with Julia.


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 2019-06-25  59m
 
 

Rationally Speaking #234 - Dylan Matthews on “Global poverty has fallen, but what should we conclude from that?”


The global poverty rate has fallen significantly over the last few decades, but there's a heated debate over how to view that fact. Vox journalist Dylan Matthews explains the disagreement.


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 2019-05-28  1h17m
 
 

Rationally Speaking #233 - Clive Thompson on "The culture of coding, and how it’s changing the world"


Technology writer Clive Thompson discusses his latest book, "Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World."


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 2019-05-14  57m
 
 

Rationally Speaking #232 - Tyler Cowen on “Defending big business against its critics”


Economist Tyler Cowen discusses his latest book, "Big Business: A love-letter to an American anti-hero.” Why has anti-capitalist sentiment increased recently, and to what extent is it justified?


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 2019-04-30  1h4m