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  • Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life
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    by Massimo Pigliucci
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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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Sunday
Nov042012

RS73 - Live! Answers for Aristotle

Release date: November 4 2012


Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life In this episode Julia interviews Massimo about his new book, Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life. Massimo's central idea is that a combination of science and philosophy, what he calls "Sci-Phi," is the best guide to the big questions in life, from issues of morality and justice to the meaning of love and friendship. The book's title derives from the fact that Aristotle was the first philosopher-scientist, adopting the sci-phi framework and posing a number of questions with which we are still struggling. What is the best way to live one's life? What sort of society do we want to live in? How do we relate to our friends and loved ones? Two and a half millennia later, modern science and philosophy have come up with some of the answers to Aristotle's questions, or at the least with a better way to think about them.

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