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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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Sunday September 28, 2014 @ 2PM

Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue on 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Ave.

Join us for a live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast with co-hosts Massimo Pigliucci , Julia Galef, and very special guest Steve Novella! They will discuss the scope of scientific skepticism, including: What topics and areas of inquiry - if any - are "off limits" to skepticism and skeptical activism? Where should skeptics focus their limited resources in a world of pseudoscience and uncritical thinking? They will also reflect on the current state of skepticism and the skeptical movement.

Admission is free and open to the public. An audience Q&A and social will follow the taping.

Current Episodes

Saturday
Mar222014

RS104 - Edward Frenkel on Love and Math

Release date: March 23, 2014

Edward Frenkel courtesy of Timothy ArchibaldCan you find beauty -- even romance -- in mathematics? Mathematician Edward Frenkel, author of "Love and Math," joins Rationally Speaking to talk about how the subject seduced him as a young man, and how he believes it's generally mis-taught in schools. Other topics include: the search for a "grand unified theory" of mathematics, and the splash Edward caused when he produced -- and starred in -- "Rites of Love and Math," a steamy short film about equations.

Edward's pick: "Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World"

Friday
Mar072014

RS103 - Neil deGrasse Tyson on Why He Doesn't Call Himself an Atheist

Release date: March 9, 2014

Neil deGrasse TysonAstrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson returns for this episode of Rationally Speaking, with a particular question to discuss: Should he call himself an atheist? The impetus is a recent dust-up over Neil's appearance on Big Think, in which he explained that he avoids the label "atheist" because it causes people to make all sorts of unflattering (and often untrue) assumptions. Julia and Massimo reply with some counterarguments, and along the way delve into the philosophy of language.

Neil's picks: The movie "Gravity," "IFLS," and the TV Shows "The Big Bang Theory," "CSI" and"NCIS."

Sunday
Feb232014

RS102 - Zach Weinersmith on His "SMBC" Webcomic

Release date: February 23, 2014

Zach WeinersmithThis episode features special guest Zach Weinersmith, author of "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal," a popular webcomic about philosophy and science. Zach clarifies his position in the ongoing "philosophy vs. science" fight, poses a question to Julia and Massimo about the ethics of offensive jokes, and discusses BAHFest, his "Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses" conference lampooning evolutionary psychology and his movie "Starpocalype." Somehow along the way, the three take a detour into discussing an unusual sexual act.

Zach's pick: "Solaris" by Stanislaw Lem

 

 

 

 

 

 

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