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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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Current Episodes

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

Thursday
May102012

RS61 - Willpower

Release date: May 20, 2012


This episode of Rationally Speaking is all about the age-old problem of willpower: why don't we do what we know is best for us? Massimo introduces some of the early philosophical approaches to this puzzle, and then Massimo and Julia go over more recent scientific research on the issue (for example: does resisting temptation deplete your reserves of willpower, or does it strengthen your willpower "muscle"?). They also examine possible solutions to the problem, including betting and precommitment, and online programs that can help.

Julia's pick: predictionbook.com
Massimo's pick: yourlogicalfallacyis.com

 

 

 

References:

The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done
http://www.stickk.com
Why It's OK to Let Apps Make You a Better Person