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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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Tuesday
Mar242015

RS131 - James Randi on Being An Honest Liar

Release date: April 5, 2015

James RandiThe Amazing Randi, famous magician and a pioneer of Skepticism, joins this episode of Rationally Speaking for a conversation about the past and future of the Skeptic movement. Massimo and Julia's questions for Randi include: Do you think Skepticism has shaped public opinion in any significant ways? What do you want the JREF to look like several years from now? And what have you changed your mind about, and why?

Randi's pick: "An Honest Liar"

Tuesday
Mar172015

RS130 - The Atheists Own 10 Commandments

Release date: March 22, 2015

Do atheists need their own 10 commandments? What would such a thing look like? In this episode, Julia and Massimo discuss a recent attempt to define some secular commandments. They debate the relevance of particular commandments, like "All truth is proportional to the evidence," and the purpose of the project overall, and address some criticism of the commandments.

Julia's pick: "what if"

Massimo's pick: "The retraction war"

Monday
Mar022015

RS129 - Would the World Be a Better Place Without Religion?

Release date: March 8, 2015

Atheists often take it as a given that the world would be better off without religion. But what does the evidence so far really say? In this episode, Massimo and Julia discuss a recent  article in the Skeptical Inquirer presenting research that shows a moderate correlation between religiosity and prosocial traits like altruism. Should we doubt the research? And if not, are there other reasons to suspect that religion's net effect on the world is negative?

Julia's pick: "How to Measure Anything Workbook: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business"

Massimo's pick: "Do lobsters and other invertebrates feel pain?"