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Rationally Speaking is the official podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join hosts Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, science and pseudoscience.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

RS119 - Aaron James on Assholes (and Bitches)

Release date: October 21, 2014


Aaron James You probably feel like you can recognize someone who's an asshole when you're unlucky enough to encounter him. But can you really? Philosophy professor Aaron James, the author of "Assholes: A Theory," joins the podcast to lay out just what makes an asshole an asshole, and why they're so uniquely maddening. Massimo, Julia and Aaron debate the assholery of certain people in politics and atheism, explore the difference between an asshole and a bitch, and swap coping mechanisms.

Aaron's pick: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Sunday
Oct052014

RS118 - Live From Baruch College With Dr. Steven Novella

Release date: October 5, 2014

Taped in front of a live audience at Baruch College in New York, this episode of Rationally Speaking features special guest Steve Novella: neurologist, author of the blogs NeuroLogica and Science Based Medicine, and co-host of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe (SGU) podcast. Steve, Massimo, and Julia discuss the recent lawsuit facing the SGU, share their gripes about the ways that skeptics sometimes oversimplify the issues, and answer audience questions such as, "Is anything off-limits to skeptical activism?" 

Saturday
Sep132014

RS117 - Maria Konnikova on How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

Release date: September 21, 2014

Maria Konnikova Want to learn how to use your logical, reflective side in everyday life? It's elementary, my dear listeners! Maria Konnikova, the author of the bestselling Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes is the special guest on this episode of Rationally Speaking. Konnikova has a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University and writes about science for publications including the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. Julia and Massimo ask her for tips on Holmesian thinking, and debate her on questions like: Is your unreflective, "Watsonian" side really so bad? And did Sherlock make some mistakes in his famous quotes about thinking?

Maria's picks:  "What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions" and "Jeeves and Wooster"