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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

Saturday
Oct202012

RS72 - Graham Priest on Paradoxes and Paraconsistent Logic

Release date: October 21 2012


Can a statement be simultaneously true and false? That might seem like sheer nonsense to you -- but not to certain modern logicians. In this episode Massimo and Julia are joined again by philosopher and logician Graham Priest, who explains why we have to radically revise our notions of "true" and "false." In the process, he explains classic puzzlers like the "barber paradox": "In a village, the barber shaves all men who do not shave themselves. Does he shave himself?" Follow along for an episode that really takes to heart the podcast's tagline: exploring the borderlands between reason and nonsense.

Graham's picks: "Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion: The Posthumous Essays of the Immortality of the Soul and of Suicide" and "Logic: A Very Short Introduction"

Monday
Oct012012

RS71 - On Science Fiction and Philosophy

Release date: October 7, 2012


By its very nature, science fiction has always been particularly suited to philosophical exploration. In fact, some of the best science fiction novels, short stories, movies, and TV shows function like extended philosophical thought experiments: what might cloning tell us about our views on personal identity? If we could all take a pill to be happy, would we want to do that? In this episode, Massimo and Julia recall some of their favorite philosophically-rich science fiction, and debate the potential pitfalls in using science fiction to reach philosophical conclusions.

Julia's pick: "3 WORLDS COLLIDE"
Massimo's pick: "Four kinds of philosophical people"

References:
The Philosophical Roots of Science Fiction
Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence

Saturday
Sep222012

RS70 - Graham Priest on Buddhism and Other Asian Philosophies

Release date: September 23, 2012


For all the time Massimo and Julia have spent discussing and debating philosophy on Rationally Speaking, so far, it's all been philosophy from Europe and North America. What about the philosophical traditions of, for example, Asia? In this episode, professor of philosophy Graham Priest offers a brief introduction to the philosophy of India, China, and Japan, and explains why he thinks it should be better known in the West.

Graham's pick: "The Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy"