Rationally Speaking

Rationally Speaking

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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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Rationally Speaking #206 - Kal Turnbull on "Change My View" Apr 15, 2018 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #205 - Michael Webb on "Are ideas getting harder to find?" Apr 2, 2018 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #204 - Simine Vazire on "Reforming psychology, and self-awareness" Mar 19, 2018 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #203 - Stephen Webb on "Where is Everybody? Solutions to the Fermi Paradox." Mar 5, 2018 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #202 - Bryan Caplan on "The Case Against Education" Feb 19, 2018 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #201 - Ben Buchanan on "The Cybersecurity Dilemma" Feb 5, 2018 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #200 - Timothy Lee on "How much should tech companies moderate speech?" Jan 22, 2018 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #199 - Jessica Flanigan on "Why people should have the right to self-medicate" Jan 8, 2018 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #198 - Timur Kuran on "Private Truths and Public Lies" Dec 11, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #197 - Doug Hubbard on "Why people think some things can’t be quantified (and why they’re wrong)" Nov 13, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #196 - Eric Schwitzgebel on "Weird ideas and opaque minds" Oct 30, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #195 - Zach Weinersmith on "Emerging technologies that'll improve and/or ruin everything" Oct 15, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #194 - Robert Wright on "Why Buddhism is True" Oct 2, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #193 - Eric Jonas on "Could a neuroscientist understand a microprocessor?" Sep 18, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #192 - Jesse Singal on “The problems with implicit bias tests” Sep 3, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #191 - Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on "What the internet can tell us about human nature" (Fixed) Aug 21, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #190 - Amanda Askell on "Pascal's Wager and other low risks with high stakes" Aug 6, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #189 - Stephan Guyenet on "What causes obesity?" Jul 23, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #188 - Robert Kurzban on "Being strategically wrong" Jul 9, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #187 - Jason Weeden on "Do people vote based on self-interest?" Jun 26, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #186 - Tania Lombrozo on "Why we evolved the urge to explain" Jun 11, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #185 - Hans Noel on "The role of ideology in politics" May 28, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #184 - Gregory Clark on "What caused the industrial revolution?" May 14, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #183 - L. A. Paul on "Transformative Experiences" Apr 30, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #182 - Spencer Greenberg on "How online research can be faster, better, and more useful" Apr 16, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #181 - William MacAskill on "Moral Uncertainty" Apr 2, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #180 - David Roodman on "The Worm Wars" Mar 20, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #179 - Dani Rodrik on "Is economics more art or science?" Mar 6, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #178 - Tim Urban on "Trying to live well, as semi-rational animals" Feb 20, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #177 - Dylan Matthews on "The science and ethics of kidney donation" Feb 5, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #176 - Jason Brennan on "Against democracy" Jan 22, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #175 - Chris Blattman on "Do sweatshops reduce poverty?" Jan 8, 2017 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #174 - John Ioannidis on "What happened to Evidence-based medicine?" Dec 11, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #173 - Brendan Nyhan on "What can we learn from the election?" Nov 27, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #172 - Brian Nosek on "Why science needs openness" Nov 13, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #171 - Scott Aaronson on "The ethics and strategy of vote trading" Oct 30, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #170 - Will Wilkinson on "Social justice and political philosophy" Oct 16, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #169 - Owen Cotton-Barratt on "Thinking About Humanity's Far Future" Oct 2, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #168 - Don Moore on "Overconfidence" Sep 18, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #167 - Samuel Arbesman on "Why technology is becoming too complex" Sep 4, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #166 - Eric Schwitzgebel on "Why you should expect the truth to be crazy" Aug 21, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #165 - Robert Frank on "Success and Luck" Aug 7, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #164 - James Evans on "Using meta-knowledge to learn how science works" Jul 24, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #163 - Gregg Caruso on "Free Will and Moral Responsibility" Jul 10, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #162 - Sean Carroll on "Poetic Naturalism" Jun 26, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #161 - Tom Griffiths and Brian Christian on "Algorithms to Live By" Jun 12, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #160 - Live at NECSS -- Jacob Appel on "Tackling bioethical dilemmas" May 29, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #159 - Colin Allen on "Do fish feel pain?" May 15, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #158 - Dr. George Ainslie on "Negotiating with your future selves" May 1, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #157 - Dr. Herculano-Houzel on "What made the human brain special?" Apr 17, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #156 - David McRaney on "Why it’s so hard to change someone’s mind" Apr 3, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #155 - Uri Simonsohn on "Detecting fraud in social science" Mar 20, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #154 - Tom Griffiths on "Why your brain might be rational after all" Mar 6, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #153 - Dr. Vinay Prasad on "Why so much of what we 'know' about medicine is wrong" Feb 21, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #152 - Dan Fincke on "The pros and cons of civil disagreement" Feb 7, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #151 - Maria Konnikova on "Why everyone falls for con artists" Jan 24, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #150 - Elizabeth Loftus on "The malleability of human memory" Jan 10, 2016 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #149 - Susan Gelman on "How essentialism shapes our thinking" Dec 13, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #148 - David Kyle Johnson on "The Myths that Stole Christmas" Nov 29, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #147 - Andrew Gelman on "Why do Americans vote the way they do?" Nov 15, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #146 - Jesse Richardson on "The pros and cons of making fallacies famous" Nov 1, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #145 - Phil Tetlock on "Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction" Oct 18, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #144 - Bryan Caplan on "Does parenting matter?" Oct 4, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #143 - Scott Aaronson on "The theorem that proves rationalists can't disagree" Sep 20, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #142 - Paul Bloom on "The case against empathy" Sep 6, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #141 - Dan Sperber on "The Argumentative Theory of reason" Aug 23, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #140 - Kenny Easwaran on, "Newcomb's Paradox and the tragedy of rationality" Aug 9, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #139 - Eric Schwitzgebel on "Moral hypocrisy: why doesn't knowing about ethics make people more ethical?" Jul 26, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #138 - Ian Morris on, "Why the West rules -- for now" Jul 12, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #137 - Marc Lipsitch on, "Should scientists try to create dangerous viruses?" Jun 28, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #136 - David Roodman on Why Microfinance Won't Cure Global Poverty Jun 15, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #135 - Robin Hanson on: "Most human behavior is signaling" May 31, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #134 - Michael Shermer on: "Science drives moral progress" May 17, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #133 - Sean Carroll on "The Many Worlds Interpretatioln Is Probably Correct" May 3, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #132 - Live From NECSS 2015 Apr 21, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #131 - James Randi on Being An Honest Liar Apr 5, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #130 - The Atheists Own 10 Commandments Mar 22, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #129 - Would the World Be a Better Place Without Religion? Mar 8, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #128 - 5th Anniversary Live Show Feb 26, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #127 - Elise Crull on Philosophy of Physics Feb 8, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #126 - Preston Bost on Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers Jan 25, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #125 - The Quantified Self Jan 18, 2015 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #124 - Stoicism Dec 28, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #123 - Daniel Lakens on P-Hacking and Other Problems in Psychology Research Dec 14, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #122 - The Science and Philosophy of Humor Dec 1, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #121 - Benjamin Todd on 80,000 Hours Nov 16, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #120 - Nihilism Nov 2, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #119 - Aaron James on Assholes (and Bitches) Oct 22, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #118 - Live From Baruch College With Dr. Steven Novella Oct 5, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #117 - Maria Konnikova on How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes Sep 21, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #116 - Jim Baggott and Massimo on Farewell to Reality Sep 7, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #115 - Maarten Boudry and Massimo On the Difference Between Science and Pseudoscience Aug 24, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #114 - Massimo and Julia Go Freestyle Aug 10, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #113 - The Turing Test Jul 27, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #112 - Race: Just a Social Construct? Jul 13, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #111 - Human Nature Jun 29, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #110 - Scientia, the Unity of Knowledge Jun 15, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #109 - Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on Plato at the Googleplex Jun 1, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #108 - Suicide May 18, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #107 - MOOCs May 4, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #106 - Live From NECSS With Lawrence Krauss Apr 20, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #105 - Greta Christina on Coming Out Atheist Apr 6, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #104 - Edward Frenkel on Love and Math Mar 24, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #103 - Neil deGrasse Tyson on Why He Doesn't Call Himself an Atheist Mar 9, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #102 - Zach Weinersmith on His "SMBC" Webcomic Feb 23, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #101 - Max Tegmark on the Mathematical Universe Hypothesis Feb 9, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #100 - Live Q&A: Massimo and Julia Answer Everything! Jan 27, 2014 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #99 - Judith Schlesinger Exposes the Myth of the Mad Genius Dec 22, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #98 - Jerome Wakefield on Psychiatric Diagnoses: Science or Pseudoscience? Dec 8, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #97 - Peter Singer on Being a Utilitarian in the Real World Nov 25, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #96 - Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld on the Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience Nov 10, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #95 - Gerard O'Brien On the Computational Theory of Mind Oct 27, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #94 - Maarten Boudry on Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem Oct 3, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #93 - Dr. Michael E. Mann On The Science Of Climate Change Sep 29, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #92 - Dr. Paul Offit On Believing in Magic Sep 15, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #91 - Kendrick Frazier On Skeptical Inquiry Sep 1, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #90 - On Wine, Water, and Audio Jun 30, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #89 - Online Dating Jun 16, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #88 - Mario Livio on Brilliant Blunders Jun 3, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #87 - Sean Carroll on Naturalism May 19, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #86 - Live From NECSS With Jim Holt On Why Does the World Exist? May 5, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #85 - Live From NECSS With Michael Shermer On the Role of Science in Morality Apr 21, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #84 - Stephen Asma On the Myth of Universal Love Apr 7, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #83 - Samuel Arbesman On The Half-Life of Facts Mar 25, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #82 - It's Not Easy Being Green Mar 10, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #81 - Live! Ben Goldacre on Bad Pharma Feb 24, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #80 - Dear Abby Feb 10, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #79 - Chris Mooney on The Republican War on Science Jan 27, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #78 - Intelligence and Personality Testing Jan 13, 2013 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #77 - Victoria Pitts-Taylor on Feminism and Science Dec 30, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #76 - Crowdsourcing and the Wisdom of Crowds Dec 16, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #75 - When Scientists Kill Dec 2, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #74 - Live! John Shook on Philosophy of Religion Nov 18, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #73 - Answers for Aristotle Nov 4, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #72 - Graham Priest on Paradoxes and Paraconsistent Logic Oct 21, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #71 - On Science Fiction and Philosophy Oct 7, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #70 - Graham Priest on Buddhism and Other Asian Philosophies Sep 23, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #69 - James Ladyman on Metaphysics Sep 9, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #68 - Applied Rationality Aug 26, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #67 - Freudianism as Pseudoscience, With Assorted Comments on Masturbation and Castration... Aug 12, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #66 - Matthew Hutson on The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking Jul 29, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #65 - Philosophical Shock Tactics Jul 15, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #64 - Jesse Prinz on Looking Beyond Human Nature Jul 1, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #63 - Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge Jun 17, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #62 - Patricia Churchland on What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality Jun 4, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #61 - Willpower May 20, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #60 - Q&A With Massimo and Julia May 6, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #59 - Live at NECSS: David Kyle Johnson on the Simulation Argument Apr 25, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #58 - Intuition Apr 8, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #57 - Peer Review Mar 25, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #56 - Howard Schneider on Science News Literacy Mar 11, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #55 - Spirituality Feb 27, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #54 - The 'isms' Episode Feb 12, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #53 - Parapsychology Jan 30, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #52 - Donald Prothero on the Holocaust-Deniers' Playbook Jan 16, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #51 - Joseph Heath on Economics Without Illusions Jan 1, 2012 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #50 - Neurobabble Dec 18, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #49 - Eugenie C. Scott on Denialism of Climate Change and Evolution Dec 4, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #48 - Philosophical Counseling Nov 20, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #47 - SETI Nov 6, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #46 - The Varieties of Skepticism Oct 23, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #45 - Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on Spinoza, Göedl, and Theories of Everything Oct 9, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #44 - Fluff that Works Sep 25, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #43 - Women in Skepticism Sep 11, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #42 - On the Limits of Reason Aug 28, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #41 - Robert Zaretsky on Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding Aug 14, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #40 - Q&A With Massimo and Julia Jul 31, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #39 - The Science and Philosophy of Free Will Jul 17, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #38 - Holden Karnofsky on Evidence-based Philanthropy Jul 3, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #37 - The Science and Philosophy of Happiness Jun 19, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #36 - Why Should We Care About Teaching the Humanities? Jun 5, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #35 - What is Philosophy of Science Good for? May 22, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #34 - Celebrities and the Damage They Can Do May 8, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #33 - Live at NECSS: New Dilemmas in Bioethics Apr 24, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #32 - Value-free Science? Apr 10, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #31 - Vegetarianism Mar 27, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #30 - Cordelia Fine on Delusions of Gender Mar 13, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #29 - Q&A Live! Feb 27, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #28 - Live! How To Tell Science From Bunk Feb 13, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #27 - The Perihelinox Episode, With Historian Timothy Alborn on Anniversaries Jan 30, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #26 - Is Anthropology Still a Science? Jan 16, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #25 - Q&A With Massimo and Julia Jan 2, 2011 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #24 - Memetics! Dec 19, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #23 - Carol Tavris on Everybody Making Mistakes, Except Us... Dec 5, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #22 - Steven Novella on Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science Nov 21, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #21 - Joshua Knobe on Experimental Philosophy Nov 7, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #20 - Q&A With Massimo and Julia Oct 24, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #19 - Brendan Nyhan on False Beliefs that Refuse to Die Oct 10, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #18 - Evolutionary Psychology Sep 26, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #17 - Transhumanism Sep 12, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #16 - Deferring to Experts Aug 29, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #15 - Q&A With Massimo and Julia Aug 15, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #14 - Jennifer Michael Hecht on Science, Religion, Happiness, and Other Myths Aug 1, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #13 - Superstition, Is It Good For You? Jul 18, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #12 - What About Thought Experiments? Jul 4, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #11 - Guest Eugenie Scott on the Status of the Creationism and ID Wars Jun 20, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #10 - Nonsense on Stilts Jun 6, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #9 - When Smart People Endorse Pseudoscience May 23, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #8 - The Anthropic Principle May 9, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #7 - Peter Woit discusses whether string theory is “not even wrong” Apr 25, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #6 - Fluffy Thinking Apr 10, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #5 - Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Need for a Space Program Mar 28, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #4 - The Great Atheist Debate Over the Limits of Science Mar 14, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #3 - Can History Be a Science? Feb 28, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #2 - Love, a Skeptical Inquiry Feb 14, 2010 Listen Download
Rationally Speaking #1 - Why be rational? Jan 21, 2010 Listen Download

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