About the Podcast
Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Host Julia Galef explores the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, and science and pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game as long as reason can be brought to bear upon it, with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor!
Rationally Speaking is recorded live in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village and is produced by Benny Pollak.
Massimo Pigliucci, who co-hosted Rationally Speaking during the show's first five years, continues to serve as an advisor to the program.
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Julia Galef is a San Francisco-based writer and public speaker specializing in science, rationality, and design. She is currently President of the Center for Applied Rationality. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors of the New York City Skeptics, co-hosts their official podcast, Rationally Speaking, and co-writes the blog Rationally Speaking along with philosopher of science Massimo Pigliucci. She has moderated panel discussions at The Amazing Meeting and the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, and gives frequent public lectures to organizations including the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Student Alliance. Julia received her B.A. in statistics from Columbia in 2005.Visit Julia's personal homepage at juliagalef.com
Benny Pollak is the producer of the Rationally Speaking Podcast. In 2005 Benny realized he had always been a skeptic after listening to a "Skepticality" podcast interview with James Randi. Passionate about critical thinking, he found skepticism very much in synch with his interest in science and Objectivism.
In 2007 he started the New York Skeptics Meetup. It was there that he met a fellow Skeptic who had bigger ambitions. Soon after that, with two other committed skeptics who shared the vision, he co-founded New York City Skeptics. He currently serves on the NYC Skeptics board as well as the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism organizing committee.
Benny makes a living as a V.P. in Equities Technology at Barclays Capital in New York City.
Prof. Massimo Pigliucci has a Doctorate in Genetics from the University of Ferrara (Italy), a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has done post-doctoral research in evolutionary ecology at Brown University and is currently the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the nature of pseudoscience.
Prof. Pigliucci has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientific attack.”
In the area of public outreach, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national outlets such as the New York Times, Philosophy Now and The Philosopher’s Magazine among others. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. Pigliucci edits the Scientia Salon web magazine (scientiasalon.org), devoted to getting his colleagues out of the Ivory Tower and engaging with Main Street.
At last count, Prof. Pigliucci has published 142 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 10 technical and public outreach books, most recently of Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem (University of Chicago Press), co-edited with Maarten Boudry. Other books include Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life (Basic Books) and Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University of Chicago Press).
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