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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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Thursday
Mar142013

RS83 - Samuel Arbesman On The Half-Life of Facts

Release date: March 24, 2013

How long does it take for one-half of everything we know about a subject to be proven wrong? Depends on the subject. 45 years, for example, if that subject is cirrhosis or hepatitis. Samuel Arbesman, applied mathematician and author of "The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an expiration Date", joins Julia and Massimo to talk about the hidden patterns underlying how fast our understanding of science is changing.

Sam's pick: "The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing "

Thursday
Mar072013

RS82 - It's Not Easy Being Green

Release date: March 10, 2013

If you're an ethically minded consumer, you should buy organic because it's better for the environment, right? Actually, the case isn't so clear-cut. But you should certainly buy fair-trade because it's better for foreign laborers, right? Well... that's complicated too. In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo talk about how hard it is to know how much good you're accomplishing with your purchases, or whether you're even doing any good at all.

Julia's pick: "The game Wits & Wagers"

Massimo's pick: "Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Saturday
Feb232013

RS81 - Live! Ben Goldacre on Bad Pharma

Release date: February 24 2013

"Medicine is broken," warns Ben Goldacre, the British physician, academic, author of the Guardian's Bad Science column. In this live episode of Rationally Speaking, Massimo and Julia interview Ben about his new book, Bad Pharma, and how the evidence about pharmaceutical drugs gets distorted due to shoddy regulations, missing data, and the influence of drug companies.