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. Dies ist ein zweiwöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 9 days 13 hours 10 minutes


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Rationally Speaking #13 - Superstition, Is It Good For You?

In this episode we tackle superstition, It would be bad luck to talk about anything else, it is episode 13 after all! Plus Massimo and Julia's picks: Epistemelinks and How Pleasure Works.


 2010-07-18  29m

Rationally Speaking #12 - What About Thought Experiments?

Are thought experiments in science and philosophy just armchair speculation? Plus Massimo and Julia's picks: John Norton Goodies and Great Myths of Popular Psychology.


 2010-07-04  33m

Rationally Speaking #11 - Guest Eugenie Scott on the Status of the Creationism and ID Wars

Guest Eugenie Scott updates us on the status of the intelligent design wars. Plus Eugenie's "un-pick": The website of the Institute for Creation Research.


 2010-06-20  37m

Rationally Speaking #10 - Nonsense on Stilts

A conversation about Massimo's book: "Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk." Plus Massimo and Julia's picks: philosophypathways.com/questions and "Historians' Fallacies : Toward a Logic of Historical Thought "


 2010-06-06  31m

Rationally Speaking #9 - When Smart People Endorse Pseudoscience

Why is it that smart people fall for notions that are barely more defensible than astrology, or criticize well established scientific notions. Plus Massimo and Julia's picks: itisonlyatheory.blogspot.com and "The Miracle Detective"


 2010-05-23  31m

Rationally Speaking #8 - The Anthropic Principle

Is the universe finely tuned for human life to exist? Does the Anthropic Principle add anything to our understanding of the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everyhing? Plus Massimo and Julia's picks: andphilosophy.com and "House."


 2010-05-09  33m

Rationally Speaking #7 - Peter Woit discusses whether string theory is “not even wrong”

Columbia Univ.mathematical physicist Peter Woit discusses whether is string theory “not even wrong.” Plus our guest's pick: the book "The End of Science."


 2010-04-25  33m

Rationally Speaking #6 - Fluffy Thinking

a peculiar type of uncritical thinking


 2010-04-10  33m

Rationally Speaking #5 - Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Need for a Space Program

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the Need for a Space Program. Will we ever go back to the Moon or to Mars? Plus Dr. Tyson's surprising "un-pick": The movie Avatar


 2010-03-28  33m

Rationally Speaking #4 - The Great Atheist Debate Over the Limits of Science

The atheist debate between the “accommodationist" and the "rationalists" on the epistemic limits of science. Plus Massimo and Julia's picks: The book "Conversations on Consciousness" and the website of the National Center for Science Education


 2010-03-14  31m