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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, is produced by Benny Pollak and recorded in the heart of Greenwich Village.

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Friday
Jul072017

RS 188 - Robert Kurzban on "Being strategically wrong"

Release date: July 9th, 2017

Julia Galef interviews Robert Kurzban

In this episode, recorded live at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, Julia interviews evolutionary psychologist Rob Kurzban, author of "Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite." Rob describes the "modular mind" hypothesis, and how it explains hypocrisy, self-deception, and other seemingly irrational features of human nature. Rob and Julia argue about how useful these kinds of "strategic wrongness" really are.

Rob's Pick: "Society Of Mind" By Marvin Minsky

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

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Sunday
Jun252017

RS 187 - Jason Weeden on "Do people vote based on self-interest?"

Release date: June 25th, 2017

Jason Weeden

What determines which policies a person votes for? Is it their personality, their upbringing, blind loyalty to their political party? Or is it self-interest -- people voting for policies that will benefit themselves and the groups they belong to? This episode features psychologist Jason Weeden, arguing that self-interest is a much bigger determinant of voter behavior than most political scientists think it is. Jason and Julia talk about why researchers disagree over this question, and what "self-interest" even means.

Jason's Blog: We the Pleeple

Jason's Book: "The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind"

Jason's Pick: "Dragons of Eden" by Carl Sagan

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

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Monday
Jun122017

RS 186 - Tania Lombrozo on “Why we evolved the urge to explain”

Release date: June 11th, 2017

Tania Lombrozo

Humans have an innate urge to reach for explanations of the world around us. For example, "What caused this tragedy?" or "Why are some people successful?" This episode features psychologist and philosopher Tania Lombrozo, discussing her research on what purpose explanation serves -- i.e., why it helps us more than our brains just running prediction algorithms. Tania and Julia also discuss whether simple explanations are more likely to be true, and why we're drawn to teleological explanations (e.g., "Why does the sun shine? So that plants can grow.")

Tania's Website: Tania Lombrozo

Blog #1 Tania Contributes to: "13.7 Cosmos and Culture"

Blog #2 Tania Contributes to: "Explananda"

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Tania's Pick: "Language and Thought" by Noam Chomsky

Tania's Other Pick: "The Language Instinct" by Steven Pinker

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

 

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