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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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Friday
Aug302013

RS91 - Kendrick Frazier On Skeptical Inquiry

Release date: September 1, 2013

Kendrick FrazierOn this episode of Rationally Speaking, Massimo and Julia survey the present, past, and future of skepticism. Special guest Kendrick Frazier, editor of Skeptical Inquirer, talks about how the movement's focus has changed and what the frontiers of skepticism should be.

Kendrick Crosby Frazier is a science writer and editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine  for over 30 years. He is also a former editor of Science News, author or editor of ten books, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ken's pick: "Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience"

 

Friday
Jul262013

2013 Summer Hiatus

July 26, 2013

We are taking a summer vacation and will be back in September with new episodes, exciting guests, and refreshed with new ideas.

Wednesday
Jun262013

RS90 - On Wine, Water, and Audio

Release date: June 30, 2013

In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo turn their attention to connoisseurship -- or snobbery, depending on your point of view! Fine wines, bottled water, high-end audio equipment -- what all these have in common are passionate customers who are discriminating enough to pay top dollar for subtle differences between options. Or are they? This episode explores the evidence on whether connoisseurs can really tell the difference between, for example, the $7 wine and the $700 one -- or whether it's a distinction without a difference.

Julia's pick: "Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work"

Massimo's pick: "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin"

 

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http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Health/story?id=728070&page=1&singlePage=true#.UaiQuOtAs5k
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237727/How_big_is_the_sound_of_music_
http://io9.com/wine-tasting-is-bullshit-heres-why-496098276

http://gizmodo.com/315250/pear-cable-chickens-out-of-1000000-challenge-we-search-for-answers