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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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Sunday September 28, 2014 @ 2PM

Nagelberg Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue on 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Ave.

Join us for a live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast with co-hosts Massimo Pigliucci , Julia Galef, and very special guest Steve Novella! They will discuss the scope of scientific skepticism, including: What topics and areas of inquiry - if any - are "off limits" to skepticism and skeptical activism? Where should skeptics focus their limited resources in a world of pseudoscience and uncritical thinking? They will also reflect on the current state of skepticism and the skeptical movement.

Admission is free and open to the public. An audience Q&A and social will follow the taping.

Current Episodes

Saturday
Dec152012

RS76 - Crowdsourcing and the Wisdom of Crowds

Release date: December 16, 2012

 

What do Linux, Netflix, and the Oxford English Dictionary have in common? They've all benefited from the power of crowdsourcing, in which a task is outsourced to a group of hundreds or thousands of disparate people. In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo discuss the phenomena of crowdsourcing, and ask: What makes it work? Is it ever unethical? And what are the limits to the wisdom of crowds?

Julia's pick: "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't"

Massimo's pick: The Phi2Phi App.

References:
"Longitude" 

Saturday
Dec012012

RS75 - When Scientists Kill

Release date: December 2, 2012

We look to scientists to keep us informed about risks, such as: is this medicine effective? Is that level of toxicity harmless? How severe should we expect this upcoming storm to be? But when lives are at stake, tricky questions arise about how much responsibility falls on scientists' shoulders to get those estimations *right* -- and whether scientists should be punished if they fail. In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Massimo and Julia discuss a recent court case that shocked the world: A group of Italian scientists were sentenced to 6 years in prison for failing to effectively warn the public of an earthquake that killed over 300 people in 2009. Was this decision fair? And how should we decide where the boundaries of scientific accountability lie?

Julia's pick: "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life"
Massimo's pick: "Ten of the greatest philosophical principles"

References:
Ian Pollock's "Risk and Blame" blog post 

Saturday
Nov172012

RS74 - Live! John Shook on Philosophy of Religion

Release date: November 18 2012


Massimo and Julia visit Indianapolis for a heated debate, in this live episode of Rationally Speaking. At a symposium organized by the Center for Inquiry (CFI), they join up with John Shook, Director of Education and Senior Research fellow at the CFI, and the author of more than a dozen books on philosophy and religion. Sparks fly as the three debate questions like: Should science-promoting organizations, like the National Center for Science Education, claim publicly that science is compatible with religion? And is philosophy incapable of telling us anything about the world?

John's pick: "Meaning and Value in a Secular Age: Why Eupraxsophy Matters—The Writings of Paul Kurtz"