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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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Wednesday
Jun272012

RS64 - Jesse Prinz on Looking Beyond Human Nature

Release date: July 1, 2012


Nature vs. Nurture? Massimo and Julia revive the age-old debate in this episode of Rationally Speaking, with special guest Jesse Prinz. Jesse is a professor of philosophy at CUNY and the author of several books, most recently "Beyond Human Nature." The trio debate Jesse's argument that human behavior is far more culturally determined than evolutionary psychologists would have you believe, and in the process explore the question of where morality comes from and how to distinguish between nature and nurture.

Jesse's pick: "Black God, White Devil"

 

References:
When Is Film Art

Saturday
Jun162012

RS63 - Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

Release date: June 17, 2012


Will all knowledge eventually be united? And what does that even mean, anyway? In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Massimo and Julia explore the topic of consilience, or the "unity of knowledge," a concept popularized by biologist and theorizer E. O. Wilson. Along the way they discuss whether all phenomena can be explained in terms of physics, the importance of precise language, and the seductive dangers of the "deepity."

Julia's picks: MeasureOfDoubt videos and Predictions from Philosophy? 
Massimo's pick: 10 Facts about Portable Electronics and Airplanes

References:
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
Report from the Consilience conference

Tuesday
May292012

RS62 - Patricia Churchland on What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality

Release date: June 3, 2012


The Rationally Speaking podcast is proud to feature another certified genius: Patricia Churchland, a philosopher well known for her contributions to neurophilosophy and the philosophy of the mind, was professor at the University of California San Diego from 1984-2010, and won the MacArthur Genius Grant in 1991. In this episode, she, Massimo, and Julia discuss what philosophy has to say about neuroscience, what neuroscience has to say about philosophy, and what both of them have to say about morality.

Patricia's pick: "Language as a Cultural Tool"

 

References:
Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality"
Donald Pfaf: Man and Woman