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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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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?"

Monday
Feb232015

RS128 - 5th Anniversary Live Show 

Release date: February 27, 2015

This episode marks the fifth anniversary of the Rationally Speaking podcast! To commemorate the occasion, Massimo and Julia hold a live-streaming Q&A in which they respond to questions submitted via Twitter. Topics include: What's the best book to read to improve your rationality? What's the biggest problem with the skeptic community? How can we get politicians to be reasonable? And how can you be so sure that other people exist? Halfway through the show, Massimo makes a surprising and poignant announcement.

Saturday
Feb072015

RS127 - Elise Crull on Philosophy of Physics

Release date: February 8, 2015

Elise Crull Feynman famously said that a philosopher of science is as much use to scientists as an ornithologist is to birds. This episode of Rationally Speaking features philosopher of physics Elise Crull, who explains why Feynman is misguided, and what philosophers have to say about important issues in physics -- like quantum mechanics, physical laws, and whether anything "really" exists at all.

Errata. Prof. Crull noticed some inaccuracies in the taped version of the podcast, which she wished to correct -- She talks about The Copenhagen Hegemony but mistakenly attributes it to Ernan McMullin when in fact it was written by Jim Cushing

 

Elise's picks:  "Albert Einstein as a Philosopher of Science" and "The Myths We Live By"