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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. Rationally Speaking is produced by Benny Pollak and is recorded in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.

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Monday
Feb232015

RS128 - 5th Anniversary Live Show 

Release date: February 27, 2015

This episode marks the fifth anniversary of the Rationally Speaking podcast! To commemorate the occasion, Massimo and Julia hold a live-streaming Q&A in which they respond to questions submitted via Twitter. Topics include: What's the best book to read to improve your rationality? What's the biggest problem with the skeptic community? How can we get politicians to be reasonable? And how can you be so sure that other people exist? Halfway through the show, Massimo makes a surprising and poignant announcement.

Saturday
Feb072015

RS127 - Elise Crull on Philosophy of Physics

Release date: February 8, 2015

Elise Crull Feynman famously said that a philosopher of science is as much use to scientists as an ornithologist is to birds. This episode of Rationally Speaking features philosopher of physics Elise Crull, who explains why Feynman is misguided, and what philosophers have to say about important issues in physics -- like quantum mechanics, physical laws, and whether anything "really" exists at all.

Errata. Prof. Crull noticed some inaccuracies in the taped version of the podcast, which she wished to correct -- She talks about The Copenhagen Hegemony but mistakenly attributes it to Ernan McMullin when in fact it was written by Jim Cushing

 

Elise's picks:  "Albert Einstein as a Philosopher of Science" and "The Myths We Live By"

Saturday
Jan242015

RS126 - Preston Bost on Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers

Release date: January 25, 2015

Preston BostCan it be rational to believe conspiracy theories? On this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo welcome Prof. Preston Bost, a professor of psychology at Wabash College who investigates what kinds of people latch onto conspiracy theories, and why. The three discuss evolutionary reasons for conspiracy theories' appeal, and ask: how do you determine whether a belief is "rational," anyway?

Preston's picks:  http://conspiracypsychology.com/ and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"