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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
Apr292018

RS 207 - Alison Gopnik on “The wrong way to think about parenting, plus the downsides of modernity”

Release date: April 29th, 2018

Alison Gopnik

Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik explains why modern parenting is too goal-oriented. Alison and Julia discuss whether anything parents do matters, whether kids should go to school, and how kids learn discipline if you don't force them to do things. They also discuss Alison's reservations about Steven Pinker's book Enlightenment Now, and her concerns about potential downsides of modernity.

Alison Gopnik's website

Alison Gopnik's "The Gardener and the Carpenter"

Noam Chomsky's "Rules and Representations"

Jerry Fodor's "The Language of Thought"

Alison Gopnik's "Words, Thoughts, and Theories"

Alison Gopnik's "The Scientist in the Crib"

Alison Gopnik's review of "Enlightenment Now"

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

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Sunday
Apr152018

RS 206 - Kal Turnbull on "Change My View"

Release date: April 15th, 2018

Kal Turnbull

When people argue on the internet, you never expect anyone to actually say "You know what, that's a good point, you've changed my view somewhat." But Change My View, a fast-growing subreddit founded by Kal Turnbull, is an exception to the rule. Julia and Kal discuss the culture of Change My View, what makes it such an oasis for reasonable discussion on the Internet, and what we've learned about what motivates people to change their minds or not.

Kal's Website: Change My View

Kal's Pick: "The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Haidt

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

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Monday
Apr022018

RS 205 - Michael Webb on “Are ideas getting harder to find?”

Release date: April 1st, 2018

Michael Webb

This episode features economist Michael Webb, who recently co-authored a paper titled "Are ideas getting harder to find?" It demonstrates that the number of researchers it takes to produce a technological innovation has gone up dramatically over time. Michael and Julia discuss various possible explanations for why this is happening, along with several challenges to his paper.

Paper Co-Authored by Michael: "Are ideas getting harder to find?"

Michael's Pick: "Truth and Power: An Interview with Michael Foucault"

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

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