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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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Thursday
Sep152011

RS44 - Fluff that Works

Release date: September 25, 2011


In this episode we tackle the curious case of pseudoscience or mysticism that works, or seems to, at least some of the times. From acupuncture to chiropractic, from yoga to meditation, what do we make of instances where something seems to have the desired effect for the wrong reasons (e.g., acupuncture), or might otherwise be a perfectly acceptable technique which happens to come intricately bundled with mysticism (e.g., yoga)?

Julia's pick:  "Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training"

Massimo's pick: "Plato, Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems"

References:
http://www.skepdic.com/chiro.html

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/acupuncture-does-not-work-for-back-pain/
http://skepdic.com/acupuncture.html 

Saturday
Sep032011

RS43 - Women in Skepticism

Release date: September 11, 2011


No, this episode is not about "elevatorgate" or the Watson-Dawkins debacle, but we do use these recent (in)famous events as a springboard for a broader discussion of women in skepticism and science. Is there a misogyny problem in the skeptic and atheist communities? Why aren't there more more women involved in these communities? Also, Julia tells us about her own experience as a young woman skeptic.

Julia's pick:  "Paul Graham Essays"

Massimo's pick: "Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities"

References:
http://wwww.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/4978/does_atheism_have_a_misogyny_problem

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/2011/08/02/teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos/
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/2011/07/20/is-it-cold-in-here/
http://www.blaghag.com/2010/07/women-and-feminism-at-tam8.html
http://www.phact.org/articles/misc/women.php
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/07/05/richard-dawkins-and-male-privilege/

 

Monday
Aug222011

RS42 - On the Limits of Reason

Release date: August 28, 2011


Following up on their interview with Robert Zaretsky on the dispute between David Hume and Jean-Jacques Rousseau about the limits of reason, Julia and Massimo expand the topic to include a discussion of the failure of “foundational” projects (e.g., the quest for the ultimate bases of scientific reasoning, or of logic and mathematics). Also, our take on a recent paper on the evolutionary psychology of reasoning that has made mainstream news.

Julia's pick:  "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy"

Massimo's pick: "From Technologist to Philosopher Why you should quit your technology job and get a Ph.D. in the humanities"