Rationally Speaking Podcast

By New York City Skeptics

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.

  1. 1.
    How to be a data detective (Tim Harford)
    1:02:44
  2. 2.
    Are Uber and Lyft drivers being exploited?
    1:01:50
  3. 3.
    Unfair laws / Why judges should be originalists (William Baude)
    1:03:16
  4. 4.
    Intellectual honesty, cryptocurrency, & more (Vitalik Buterin)
    1:16:39
  5. 5.
    Understanding moral disagreements (Jonathan Haidt)
    1:06:03
  6. 6.
    The case for one billion Americans, & more (Matt Yglesias)
    1:40:48
  7. 7.
    What’s wrong with tech companies banning people? (Julian Sanchez)
    56:47
  8. 8.
    The case for racial colorblindness (Coleman Hughes)
    1:10:25
  1. 9.
    Are Democrats being irrational? (David Shor)
    1:21:33
  2. 10.
    The moral limits of markets / The problem with meritocracy (Michael Sandel)
    59:09
  3. 11.
    Deaths of despair / Effective altruism (Angus Deaton)
    1:04:06
  4. 12.
    Are Boomers to blame for Millennials' struggles?
    59:51
  5. 13.
    Rationally Speaking #244 - Stephanie Lepp and Buster Benson on "Seeing other perspectives, with compassion"
    42:14
  6. 14.
    Rationally Speaking #243 - Bryan Caplan on "The Case for Open Borders"
    49:20
  7. 15.
    Rationally Speaking #242 - Keith Frankish on "Why consciousness is an illusion"
    43:26
  8. 16.
    Rationally Speaking #241 - Thibault Le Texier on "Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment"
    54:58
  9. 17.
    Rationally Speaking #240 - David Manheim on "Goodhart's Law and why metrics fail"
    59:09
  10. 18.
    Rationally Speaking #239 - Saloni Dattani on "The debate over whether male and female brains are different"
    48:04
  11. 19.
    Rationally Speaking #238 - Razib Khan on "Stuff I've Been Wrong About"
    51:20
  12. 20.
    Rationally Speaking #237 - Andy Przybylski on "Is screen time bad for you?"
    53:17
  13. 21.
    Rationally Speaking #236 - Alex Tabarrok on "Why are the Prices So D*mn High?"
    52:01
  14. 22.
    Rationally Speaking #235 - Tage Rai on "Why people think their violence is morally justified"
    59:39
  15. 23.
    Rationally Speaking #234 - Dylan Matthews on "Global poverty has fallen, but what should we conclude from that?"
    1:17:52
  16. 24.
    Rationally Speaking #233 - Clive Thompson on "The culture of coding, and how it’s changing the world"
    57:36
  17. 25.
    Rationally Speaking #232 - Tyler Cowen on "Defending big business against its critics"
    1:04:14
  18. 26.
    Rationally Speaking #231 - Helen Toner on "Misconceptions about China and artificial intelligence"
    58:59
  19. 27.
    Rationally Speaking #230 - Kelsey Piper on “Big picture journalism: covering the topics that matter in the long run”
    53:19
  20. 28.
    Rationally Speaking #229 - John Nerst on "Erisology, the study of disagreement"
    1:04:44
  21. 29.
    Rationally Speaking #228 - William Gunn and Alex Holcombe on "Is Elsevier helping or hurting scientific progress?"
    58:54
  22. 30.
    Rationally Speaking #227 - Sarah Haider on "Dissent and free speech"
    58:16
  23. 31.
    Rationally Speaking #226 - Rob Wiblin on "An updated view of the best ways to help humanity"
    53:27
  24. 32.
    Rationally Speaking #225 - Neerav Kingsland on "The case for charter schools"
    47:36
  25. 33.
    Rationally Speaking #224 - Rick Nevin on "The long-term effects of lead on crime"
    1:00:10
  26. 34.
    Rationally Speaking #223 - Chris Fraser on "The Mohists, ancient China's philosopher warriors"
    43:55
  27. 35.
    Rationally Speaking #222 - Spencer Greenberg and Seth Cottrell on "Ask a Mathematician, Ask a Physicist"
    57:36
  28. 36.
    Rationally Speaking #221 - Rob Reich on "Is philanthropy bad for democracy?"
    47:12
  29. 37.
    Rationally Speaking #220 - Peter Eckersley on "Tough choices on privacy and artificial intelligence"
    1:02:53
  30. 38.
    Rationally Speaking #219 - Jason Collins on "A skeptical take on behavioral economics"
    55:50
  31. 39.
    Rationally Speaking #218 - Chris Auld on "Good and bad critiques of economics"
    48:16
  32. 40.
    Rationally Speaking #217 - Aviv Ovadya on "The problem of false, biased, and artificial news"
    38:44
  33. 41.
    Rationally Speaking #216 - Diana Fleischman on "Being a transhumanist evolutionary psychologist"
    46:08
  34. 42.
    Rationally Speaking #215 - Anders Sandberg on "Thinking about the long-term future of humanity"
    43:00
  35. 43.
    Rationally Speaking #214 - Anthony Aguirre on "Predicting the future of science and tech, with Metaculus"
    50:28
  36. 44.
    Rationally Speaking #213 - Dean Simonton on "The causes of scientific and artistic genius"
    1:06:03
  37. 45.
    Rationally Speaking #212 - Ed Boyden on "How to invent game-changing technologies"
    48:52
  38. 46.
    Rationally Speaking #211 - Sabine Hossenfelder on "The case against beauty in physics"
    42:10
  39. 47.
    Rationally Speaking #210 - Stuart Ritchie on "Conceptual objections to IQ testing"
    57:14
  40. 48.
    Rationally Speaking #209 - Christopher Chabris on "Collective intelligence & the ethics of A/B tests"
    51:54
  41. 49.
    Rationally Speaking #208 - Annie Duke on "Thinking in bets"
    52:39
  42. 50.
    Rationally Speaking #207 - Alison Gopnik on "The wrong way to think about parenting, plus the downsides of modernity"
    1:03:12

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