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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
Jul122014

RS112 - Race: Just a Social Construct?

Release date: July 13, 2014

In this episode, Julia and Massimo talk about the problems with "race" as a genetically-based concept. Starting with the controversial recent book "A Troublesome Inheritance," by NY Times science writer Nicholas Wade, they critique the statistical analyses that group people into racial categories, and Wade's (and others') attempts to attribute differences between rich and poor countries to innate racial differences.

Massimo's pick: "What’s the evidence on using rational argument to change people’s minds?" by Tom Stafford

Julia's pick: "Reasons and Persons"

Saturday
Jun282014

RS111 - Human Nature

Release date: June 29, 2014

Ever heard someone sigh, "That's just human nature"? Have you wondered what that meant? In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo delve into the science and philosophy of human nature: what traits are "built in" to being human, and how would we know? And once we know what human nature consists of, should we try to protect it against changes?

Massimo's pick: "The Gaia Hypothesis: Science on a Pagan Planet"

Julia's pick: "carefulread.org"

Saturday
Jun142014

RS110 - Scientia, the Unity of Knowledge

Release date: June 15, 2014

For all the sniping that goes on between science and philosophy it's easy to forget that both fields are part of "scientia," the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo discuss the latter's new "Scientia Salon" online journal, how the boundaries blur between math, science and philosophy, and how the Internet can change scientific research.

Massimo's pick: "The limits of the digital humanities, by Adam Kirsch"
Julia's pick: "Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science"