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.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Rationally Speaking #210 - Stuart Ritchie on "Conceptual objections to IQ testing"
This episode features Stuart Ritchie, intelligence researcher and author of the book "Intelligence: All That Matters." Stuart responds to some of the most common conceptual objections to the science of IQ testing. Can we even define intelligence? Aren't there lots of different kinds of intelligence? How do we know the tests are measuring intelligence at all instead of something like motivation or familiarity with the style of testing? Does it undermine the meaningfulness of IQ as a metric that people can improve over time, with practice, or over generations?Read more »
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