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Rationally Speaking Podcast

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Rationally Speaking Podcast

Rationally Speaking Podcast

New York City Skeptics

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Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join host Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game as long as we can bring reason to bear upon it, with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor!We agree with the Marquis de Condorcet, who said that in an open society we ought to devote ourselves to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them."Rationally Speaking was co-created with Massimo Pigliucci, is produced by Benny Pollak, and is recorded in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.

Latest Episodes

Rationally Speaking #244 - Stephanie Lepp and Buster Benson on "Seeing other perspectives, with compassion"

This episode features a pair of interviews. First, Stephanie Lepp discusses what she's learned from interviewing people who had a serious change of heart. Second, Buster Benson shares his tips for coming away from a disagreement feeling more alive.

42 MIN2019 DEC 1
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Rationally Speaking #244 - Stephanie Lepp and Buster Benson on "Seeing other perspectives, with compassion"

Rationally Speaking #243 - Bryan Caplan on "The Case for Open Borders"

Economist Bryan Caplan makes a compelling case for open borders in his new graphic nonfiction book, "Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration," illustrated by cartoonist Zach Weinersmith.

49 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Rationally Speaking #243 - Bryan Caplan on "The Case for Open Borders"

Rationally Speaking #242 - Keith Frankish on "Why consciousness is an illusion"

Philosopher of mind Keith Frankish is one of the leading proponents of "illusionism," the theory that argues that your subjective experience -- i.e., the "what it is like" to be you -- is a trick of the mind.

43 MIN2019 OCT 29
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Rationally Speaking #242 - Keith Frankish on "Why consciousness is an illusion"

Rationally Speaking #241 - Thibault Le Texier on "Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment"

On this episode, Thibault Le Texier and Julia discuss his findings on the Stanford Prison Experiment, how the experimenters got away with such a significant misrepresentation for so long, and what this whole affair says about the field of psychology.

54 MIN2019 OCT 15
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Rationally Speaking #241 - Thibault Le Texier on "Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment"

Rationally Speaking #240 - David Manheim on "Goodhart's Law and why metrics fail"

In this episode, decision theorist David Manheim explains the dynamics behind Goodhart's Law ("When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to become a good measure") and some potential solutions to it.

59 MIN2019 SEP 17
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Rationally Speaking #240 - David Manheim on "Goodhart's Law and why metrics fail"

Rationally Speaking #239 - Saloni Dattani on "The debate over whether male and female brains are different"

Several recent books have argued there's no difference between male and female brains. Saloni Dattani, a PhD in psychiatric genetics, discusses some of the problems with the argument, and what we really know so far about gender and the brain.

48 MIN2019 SEP 3
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Rationally Speaking #239 - Saloni Dattani on "The debate over whether male and female brains are different"

Rationally Speaking #238 - Razib Khan on "Stuff I've Been Wrong About"

It's rare for public intellectuals to talk about things they've gotten wrong, but geneticist Razib Khan is an exception. He and Julia discuss a list of 28 things he's changed his mind about in the last decade.

51 MIN2019 AUG 20
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Rationally Speaking #238 - Razib Khan on "Stuff I've Been Wrong About"

Rationally Speaking #237 - Andy Przybylski on "Is screen time bad for you?"

It's common wisdom that spending a lot of time on your smartphone, or checking social media like Facebook and Twitter, takes a psychological toll. But is there any research to back that up? Julia discusses the evidence with professor Andy Przybylski.

53 MIN2019 AUG 6
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Rationally Speaking #237 - Andy Przybylski on "Is screen time bad for you?"

Rationally Speaking #236 - Alex Tabarrok on "Why are the Prices So D*mn High?"

In this episode, economist Alex Tabarrok discusses his latest book, co-authored with Eric Heller, "Why are the Prices So D*mn High?," which blames rising costs on a phenomenon called the Baumol Effect.

52 MIN2019 JUL 23
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Rationally Speaking #236 - Alex Tabarrok on "Why are the Prices So D*mn High?"

Rationally Speaking #235 - Tage Rai on "Why people think their violence is morally justified"

We typically think of violence as being caused by a lack of control, or by selfish motives. But what if, more often than not, violence is intended to be morally righteous? Author Tage Rai debates this with Julia.

59 MIN2019 JUN 25
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Rationally Speaking #235 - Tage Rai on "Why people think their violence is morally justified"

Latest Episodes

Rationally Speaking #244 - Stephanie Lepp and Buster Benson on "Seeing other perspectives, with compassion"

This episode features a pair of interviews. First, Stephanie Lepp discusses what she's learned from interviewing people who had a serious change of heart. Second, Buster Benson shares his tips for coming away from a disagreement feeling more alive.

42 MIN2019 DEC 1
Comments
Rationally Speaking #244 - Stephanie Lepp and Buster Benson on "Seeing other perspectives, with compassion"

Rationally Speaking #243 - Bryan Caplan on "The Case for Open Borders"

Economist Bryan Caplan makes a compelling case for open borders in his new graphic nonfiction book, "Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration," illustrated by cartoonist Zach Weinersmith.

49 MIN2019 NOV 12
Comments
Rationally Speaking #243 - Bryan Caplan on "The Case for Open Borders"

Rationally Speaking #242 - Keith Frankish on "Why consciousness is an illusion"

Philosopher of mind Keith Frankish is one of the leading proponents of "illusionism," the theory that argues that your subjective experience -- i.e., the "what it is like" to be you -- is a trick of the mind.

43 MIN2019 OCT 29
Comments
Rationally Speaking #242 - Keith Frankish on "Why consciousness is an illusion"

Rationally Speaking #241 - Thibault Le Texier on "Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment"

On this episode, Thibault Le Texier and Julia discuss his findings on the Stanford Prison Experiment, how the experimenters got away with such a significant misrepresentation for so long, and what this whole affair says about the field of psychology.

54 MIN2019 OCT 15
Comments
Rationally Speaking #241 - Thibault Le Texier on "Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment"

Rationally Speaking #240 - David Manheim on "Goodhart's Law and why metrics fail"

In this episode, decision theorist David Manheim explains the dynamics behind Goodhart's Law ("When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to become a good measure") and some potential solutions to it.

59 MIN2019 SEP 17
Comments
Rationally Speaking #240 - David Manheim on "Goodhart's Law and why metrics fail"

Rationally Speaking #239 - Saloni Dattani on "The debate over whether male and female brains are different"

Several recent books have argued there's no difference between male and female brains. Saloni Dattani, a PhD in psychiatric genetics, discusses some of the problems with the argument, and what we really know so far about gender and the brain.

48 MIN2019 SEP 3
Comments
Rationally Speaking #239 - Saloni Dattani on "The debate over whether male and female brains are different"

Rationally Speaking #238 - Razib Khan on "Stuff I've Been Wrong About"

It's rare for public intellectuals to talk about things they've gotten wrong, but geneticist Razib Khan is an exception. He and Julia discuss a list of 28 things he's changed his mind about in the last decade.

51 MIN2019 AUG 20
Comments
Rationally Speaking #238 - Razib Khan on "Stuff I've Been Wrong About"

Rationally Speaking #237 - Andy Przybylski on "Is screen time bad for you?"

It's common wisdom that spending a lot of time on your smartphone, or checking social media like Facebook and Twitter, takes a psychological toll. But is there any research to back that up? Julia discusses the evidence with professor Andy Przybylski.

53 MIN2019 AUG 6
Comments
Rationally Speaking #237 - Andy Przybylski on "Is screen time bad for you?"

Rationally Speaking #236 - Alex Tabarrok on "Why are the Prices So D*mn High?"

In this episode, economist Alex Tabarrok discusses his latest book, co-authored with Eric Heller, "Why are the Prices So D*mn High?," which blames rising costs on a phenomenon called the Baumol Effect.

52 MIN2019 JUL 23
Comments
Rationally Speaking #236 - Alex Tabarrok on "Why are the Prices So D*mn High?"

Rationally Speaking #235 - Tage Rai on "Why people think their violence is morally justified"

We typically think of violence as being caused by a lack of control, or by selfish motives. But what if, more often than not, violence is intended to be morally righteous? Author Tage Rai debates this with Julia.

59 MIN2019 JUN 25
Comments
Rationally Speaking #235 - Tage Rai on "Why people think their violence is morally justified"

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