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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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Monday
Oct172016

RS 170 - Will Wilkinson on "Social justice and political philosophy"

Release date: October 16th, 2016

Will Wilkinson

How did "social justice" come to mean what it does today? This episode features a chat with Will Wilkinson, a writer, political philosopher, and vice president of policy for the Niskanen Institute. Will and Julia discuss the libertarian reaction to social justice, whether or not social justice is a zero-sum game, and how the Internet exacerbates conflicts over social justice.

Will's Pick: "Dune" by Frank Herbert

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

 

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Sunday
Oct022016

RS 169 - Owen Cotton-Barratt on "Thinking About Humanity's Far Future"

Release date: October 2nd, 2016

Owen Cotton-Barratt

What can we do now to affect whether humanity is still around in 1000 years (and what life will be like then)? In this episode, Julia talks with Owen Cotton-Barratt, a mathematician at Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute. They cover questions like: Given our poor track record of forecasting, is there any point to speculating about the far future? And is it rational to prioritize current people over future people? 

Owen's Pick: "Probing the Improbable: Methodological Challenges for Risks with Low Probabilities and High Stakes" by Toby Ord, Rafaela Hillerbrand, Anders Sandberg

Future of Humanity Institute

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

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Sunday
Sep182016

RS 168 - Don Moore on "Overconfidence"

Release date: September 18th, 2016

Don Moore

This episode features a chat with Don Moore, professor of management of organizations at the University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and an expert in overconfidence. Don and Julia discuss the various forms of overconfidence, whether its upsides are big enough to outweigh its downsides, and what people mean when they insist "I think things are better than they really are."

Don's Pick: "Bright‐sided" by Barbara Ehrenreich

Don's Other Pick: "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error" by Kathryn Schulz

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

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