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Rationally Speaking is the official podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely and unlikely, science and pseudoscience. Rationally Speaking was co-created with Massimo Pigliucci, is produced by Benny Pollak and recorded in the heart of Greenwich Village.

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Sunday
Mar202016

RS 155 - Uri Simonsohn on "Detecting fraud in social science"

Release date: March 20th, 2016

Uri Simonsohn

He's been called a "Data vigilante." In this episode, Prof. Uri Simonsohn describes how he detects fraudulent work in psychology and economics -- what clues tip him off? How big of a problem is fraud relative to other issues like P-hacking? And what solutions are there?

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

 

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Sunday
Mar062016

RS 154 - Tom Griffiths on "Why your brain might be rational after all"

Release date: March 6th, 2016

Tom Griffiths

You've probably heard about cognitive biases -- the systematic errors human brains make when we try to reason or make decisions. But what if our biases are actually a sign of rationality? This episode features Tom Griffiths, professor of cognitive science at University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Computational Cognitive Science lab. Tom makes the case for why our built-in reasoning strategies might be optimal after all.

Tom's Pick: "Matter and Consciousness" by Paul Churchland

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

 

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Sunday
Feb212016

RS 153 - Dr. Vinay Prasad on "Why so much of what we 'know' about medicine is wrong"

Release date: February 21, 2016

Vinay Prasad MD, MPH

We like to think of doctors as experts, whose recommendations are backed up by solid evidence. So why does it keep happening that a widely used medical intervention -- like estrogen replacement therapy, or heart stents -- turns out to be useless, or even harmful? This episode features Dr. Vinay Prasad, author of "Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives," who talks with Julia about why medical research is so often fatally flawed, and what we can do about it.

Vinay's Pick: "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Piketty

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

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