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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.

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Sunday
Jan072018

RS 199 - Jessica Flanigan on “Why people should have the right to self-medicate”

Release date: January 7th, 2018

Jessica Flanigan

This episode features Jessica Flanigan, professor of normative and applied ethics, making the case that patients should have the right to take pharmaceutical drugs without needing to get a prescription from a doctor. Jessica and Julia discuss a series of related questions, such as: Should there be exceptions made for drugs that have negative repercussions on society as a whole? And what is the morally relevant difference between a doctor imposing treatment on someone without consent, and the government withholding treatment from someone without consent?

Jessica's Book: "Pharmaceutical Freedom: Why Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate"

Jessica's 1st Pick: "Whose Body is it Anyway?" by Cecile Fabre

Jessica's 2nd Pick: "Against Autonomy" by Sarah Conly

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

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Sunday
Dec102017

RS 198 - Timur Kuran on “Private Truths and Public Lies"

Release date: December 10th, 2017

Timur Kuran

In this episode, economist Timur Kuran explains the ubiquitous phenomenon of "preference falsification" -- in which people claim to support something publicly even though they don't support it privately -- and describes its harmful effects on society. He and Julia explore questions like: Is preference falsification all bad? Are there ways to reduce it? And how much has the Internet changed the dynamics around preference falsification?

Timur's Book: "Private Truths, Public Lies"

Timur's Pick: "Micromotives and Macrobehavior" by Thomas C. Schelling

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

Full Transcripts 

Friday
Nov242017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners! Rationally Speaking will be on vacation this weekend, but we will return with a fresh episode on December 10th.

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