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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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Friday
May022014

RS107 - MOOCs

Release date: May 4, 2014

Does the future belong to MOOCs? Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs for short, have been hailed as the next wave in secondary education, poised to replace brick-and-mortar colleges with their expensive infrastructure and sky-high tuition. In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo discuss how to measure MOOCs' effectiveness, separating the hype from the genuine promise.

Massimo's pick: "The Dark Side of the Enlightenment: Wizards, Alchemists, and Spiritual Seekers in the Age of Reason"
Julia's pick: "A Person Paper on Purity in Language"

Saturday
Apr192014

RS106 - Live From NECSS With Lawrence Krauss

Release date: April 20, 2014

Photo by Larry AuerbachRationally Speaking returns to NECSS for a live show with Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist and author of best selling books like The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. Julia and Massimo chat with Lawrence about whether the laws of the universe demand some kind of explanation, whether string theory should be deemed a failure, and how he ended up featured in a geocentrist documentary.

Friday
Apr042014

RS105 - Greta Christina on Coming Out Atheist

Release date: April 6, 2014

Greta Christina Atheist activist and author Greta Christina appears on this episode of Rationally Speaking, to discuss her new book, "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, And Why." A spirited debate ensues, in which Greta, Julia and Massimo disagree over the boundaries of the "atheist movement," and the role of social justice in it. Other topics include: The cognitive biases that can make it hard to get a clear picture of whether people regret "coming out" as atheists; Plus, Greta's argument for why atheist community-building shouldn't model itself after religious communities.

Greta's pick: "The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion-and Others Should Too"