About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Rationally Speaking #206 - Kal Turnbull on "Change My View"
7 days ago
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.
Rated 2 out of
Not my cup of tea
I gave this show an honest chance--really, I did. I listened to four different episodes. Maybe the subjuct material is just over my head. Maybe I was expecting something more along the lines of classic logical arguments. What I did find was the show host, Julia, continually interrupting her guests, often among snorts and groans that she seemed to miss. I admit that's a pet peeve of mine, and may not bother you at all. It was also quite clear that questions were being read off a list, as a question would often be asked of an interviewee that had JUST been elaborated on in the previous answer session. This is a case of "listening to respond" rather than "listening to understand." Not much ground seemed to be covered in any of the episodes I listened to--just the same concepts reworded again and again. Not my cup of tea.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of
Just plain brilliant
An excellent collection of rational, respectful, honest discussion. The hosts are brilliant and they have excellent guests to provide a great, varied discussion.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 4 out of
Informative and professional show
This show feature compelling guest interviews and discussions on scientific topics.
Date published: 2014-03-26