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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
Dec092014

RS123 - Daniel Lakens on P-Hacking and Other Problems in Psychology Research

Release date: December 14, 2014

Daniel LakensWhat's wrong with the social sciences? In this episode, Massimo and Julia are joined by Professor Daniel Lakens from the Eindhoven University of Technology, who studies psychology and blogs about research methods and open science. The three discuss why so many psychology papers can't be trusted, and what solutions might exist for the problem (including how to fix the skewed incentives in the field).

Daniel's pick:   The Open Science Framework

Saturday
Nov292014

RS122 - The Science and Philosophy of Humor

Release date: November 30, 2014

In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Massimo and Julia delve into the science and philosophy of comedy, exploring questions like: Why did humans evolve to have a sense of humor? What's the relationship between comedy and existential terror? And how many bad philosophy jokes can Massimo tell before Julia loses it entirely?

Julia's pick: "Scientists Greater than Einstein: The Biggest Lifesavers of the Twentieth Century"

Massimo's pick: "Americans Don’t Live in Information Cocoons"

Saturday
Nov152014

RS121 - Todd Benjamin on 80,000 Hours

Release date: November 16, 2014

Benjamin ToddIf you want to choose a career that helps other people effectively, which should you pick? Medicine? Research? Non-profit? The answers may not be as straightforward as you think. This episode of Rationally Speaking features special guest Benjamin Todd, the co-founder and executive director of 80,000 Hours, an organization devoted to helping people choose career paths to do good better. Ben, Massimo and Julia debate the heuristics that should go into career choice, utilitarianism vs. virtue ethics, and what exactly we mean by "doing good."

Benjamin's pick:  The Open Philanthropy Project