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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
Apr032016

RS 156 - David McRaney on “Why it’s so hard to change someone’s mind”

Release date: April 3rd, 2016

David McRaney

You're probably already aware that it's hard to change someone's mind with logical arguments and evidence, especially about emotionally charged topics. But are there exceptions?

David McRaney, bestselling author of "You Are Not So Smart" (and host of the blog and podcast by the same name) describes his experiences with people who have done an about-face on some important topic, like 9/11 conspiracy theories. He and Julia discuss a technique for changing someone's mind with evidence, how individual mind-change mirrors scientific progress, and what happens when you confront Trump fans with facts that contradict their narrative.

 

David's Picks:
"Invisible Gorilla" by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
"How We Know What Isn't So" by Thomas Gilovich

Podcast edited by Brent Silk

 

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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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