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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 recorded in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.

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Current Episodes

Sunday
Aug122012

RS67 - Freudianism as Pseudoscience, With Assorted Comments on Masturbation and Castration...

Release date: August 12, 2012


Can everyone's problems always be traced back to sex, love, and masturbation? In this episode, Massimo and Julia talk about the pseudoscientific aspects of Freud's theories of human psychology. Along the way they explore what philosophy of science has to say about testing theories -- and some of the similarities that Freudianism has with religion, new age mysticism, and psychic reading.

Julia's pick: "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal"
Massimo's pick: "10 Totally Different TV Shows that Doctor Who Has Been Over the Years"

References:
http://simplycharly.com/freud/frank_cioffi_freud_interview.htm
http://www.amazon.com/Freud-Question-Pseudoscience-Frank-Cioffi/dp/081269385X
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/books/frank-cioffi-philosopher-and-critic-of-freud-dies-at-83.html

Thursday
Jul262012

RS66 - Matthew Hutson on The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

Release date: July 29, 2012


You may think you're a skeptic, but are you really as free from superstition as you think you are? Matthew Hutson thinks not. The author of "The Seven Laws of Magical Thinking" joins Massimo and Julia on this episode of Rationally Speaking to discuss some common, innate forms of superstition that affect even self-identified skeptics, and why the human brain is predisposed to magical thinking. Along the way, the three debate: Overall, are our superstitions good for us?

Matthew's picks: "Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition,"
"SuperSense, " and
"The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life"

 

Saturday
Jul142012

RS65 - Philosophical Shock Tactics

Release date: July 15, 2012


Why do philosophers sometimes argue for conclusions that are disturbing, even shocking? Some recent examples include the claim that it's morally acceptable to kill babies; that there's nothing wrong with bestiality; and that having children is unethical. In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Massimo and Julia discuss what we can learn from these "Philosophical shock tactics," the public reaction to them, and what role emotion should play in philosophy.

Julia's pick: "What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought"
Massimo's pick: "Graphing the history of philosophy"

References:
http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2012/06/philosophical-shock-tactics-2/
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