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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

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

Thursday
Jul262012

RS66 - Matthew Hutson on The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

Release date: July 29, 2012


You may think you're a skeptic, but are you really as free from superstition as you think you are? Matthew Hutson thinks not. The author of "The Seven Laws of Magical Thinking" joins Massimo and Julia on this episode of Rationally Speaking to discuss some common, innate forms of superstition that affect even self-identified skeptics, and why the human brain is predisposed to magical thinking. Along the way, the three debate: Overall, are our superstitions good for us?

Matthew's picks: "Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition,"
"SuperSense, " and
"The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life"

 

Saturday
Jul142012

RS65 - Philosophical Shock Tactics

Release date: July 15, 2012


Why do philosophers sometimes argue for conclusions that are disturbing, even shocking? Some recent examples include the claim that it's morally acceptable to kill babies; that there's nothing wrong with bestiality; and that having children is unethical. In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Massimo and Julia discuss what we can learn from these "Philosophical shock tactics," the public reaction to them, and what role emotion should play in philosophy.

Julia's pick: "What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought"
Massimo's pick: "Graphing the history of philosophy"

References:
http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2012/06/philosophical-shock-tactics-2/
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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"

 

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