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.


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This episode features Rick Nevin, an economist who is known for his research suggesting that lead is one of the main causes of crime.


 2019-01-07  1h0m

Rationally Speaking #223 - Chris Fraser on "The Mohists, ancient China's philosopher warriors"

Not enough people know about the Mohists, a strikingly modern group of Chinese philosophers active in 479-221 BCE. This episode features Chris Fraser, expert on Mohism and professor of philosophy at the University of Hong Kong.


 2018-12-17  43m

Rationally Speaking #222 - Spencer Greenberg and Seth Cottrell on "Ask a Mathematician, Ask a Physicist"

This episode features the hosts of "Ask a Mathematician, Ask a Physicist," a blog that grew out of a Burning Man booth in which a Spencer Greenberg and Seth Cottrell answer people's questions about life, the universe, and everything.


 2018-12-03  57m

Rationally Speaking #221 - Rob Reich on "Is philanthropy bad for democracy?"

This episode features political scientist Rob Reich, author of "Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy, and How it Can Do Better". Rob and Julia debate his criticisms of philanthropy.


 2018-11-14  47m

Rationally Speaking #220 - Peter Eckersley on "Tough choices on privacy and artificial intelligence"

This episode features Peter Eckersley, an expert in law and computer science, who has worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Partnership on AI. Peter and Julia first delve into some of the most fundamental questions about privacy.


 2018-10-28  1h2m

Rationally Speaking #219 - Jason Collins on "A skeptical take on behavioral economics"

In this episode, economist Jason Collins discusses some of the problems with behavioral economics.


 2018-10-15  55m

Rationally Speaking #218 - Chris Auld on "Good and bad critiques of economics"

In this episode, economist Chris Auld describes some common criticisms of his field and why they're wrong. Julia and Chris also discuss whether there are any good critiques of the field.


 2018-10-01  48m

Rationally Speaking #217 - Aviv Ovadya on "The problem of false, biased, and artificial news"

Aviv Ovadya, an expert on misinformation, talks with Julia about the multiple phenomena that get lumped together as "fake news." For eaxmple, articles that are straightforwardly false, misleading, or artificially created.


 2018-09-17  38m

Rationally Speaking #216 - Diana Fleischman on "Being a transhumanist evolutionary psychologist"

On this episode of Rationally Speaking, professor Diana Fleischman makes the case for transhumanist evolutionary psychology: understanding our evolved drives, so that we can better overcome them.


 2018-09-03  46m

Rationally Speaking #215 - Anders Sandberg on "Thinking about the long-term future of humanity"

This episode features Anders Sandberg, a researcher at Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute, explaining several reasons why it's valuable to think about humanity's long-term future.


 2018-08-20  43m