Rationally Speaking Podcast

Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join host Julia Galef and guests 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 was co-created with Massimo Pigliucci, is produced by Benny Pollak, and is recorded in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 51m. Bisher sind 263 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 9 days 13 hours 10 minutes


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episode 252: Understanding moral disagreements (Jonathan Haidt)

Julia and Jonathan Haidt (The Righteous Mind) discuss his moral foundations theory, and argue about whether liberals should “expand their moral horizons” by learning to think like conservatives.


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episode 251: The case for one billion Americans, & more (Matt Yglesias)

Matt Yglesias talks about One Billion Americans, his book arguing that the U.S. should dramatically increase its population. Also: Matt and Julia reflect on why they made the mistake of supporting the Iraq War in 2003.


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episode 250: What’s wrong with tech companies banning people? (Julian Sanchez)

Companies like Twitter and Facebook are increasingly willing to ban users -- and even if you agree with their decisions, is it worrying that a few companies have so much power? Julia discusses with Julian Sanchez, expert on tech and civil liberties.


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episode 249: The case for racial colorblindness (Coleman Hughes)

Coleman Hughes explains why he favors a "colorblind" ideal and why the "race-conscious" camp disagrees with him. Coleman and Julia also discuss whether reparations are just, and what counts as racism.


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episode 248: Are Democrats being irrational?

Data scientist David Shor discusses some of the bad choices made by Democratic political campaigns. What's the cause of the errors? Is it irrationality, coordination problems, or something else?


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episode 247: The moral limits of markets / The problem with meritocracy (Michael Sandel)

Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel argues with Julia about human dignity, consensual cannibalism, and the case in his new book, The Tyranny of Merit, that meritocracy is to blame for recent populist backlashes in the U.S.


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episode 246: Deaths of despair / Effective altruism (Angus Deaton)

Economist and Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton discusses the rise in “deaths of despair” in the U.S. – deaths from drugs, alcohol or suicide. What's causing it? Also, Julia and Angus debate whether effective altruism can help the poor.


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episode 245: Are Boomers to blame for Millennials' struggles?

Millennials are struggling economically, which many people argue is the result of irresponsible policy choices made by Boomers. Are they right? How much blame do Boomers deserve? Featuring Jill Filipovic, Joseph C. Sternberg, and Patrick Fisher.


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Rationally Speaking #244 - Stephanie Lepp and Buster Benson on "Seeing other perspectives, with compassion"

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