About Rationally Speaking

Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself 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." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Massimo's picks

* Ben Radford on a psychic predictably and shamelessly trying to take advantage of the recent solution of the Jaycee Dugard abduction case.

* Take a look at the new field of sentiment analysis...

* The Republican Party: it ain't what Republicans claim it is.

* A very interesting graphic comparison between US healthcare and the rest of the world.

* Classic Penn & Teller: signing up environmentalists to support a ban on water.


  1. Knowing how irrational politics is (both sides), shouldn't most of your picks be posted in your "Politically Speaking" blog instead of in your "Rational" one? Just a thought.

  2. I have to disagree with benny's complaint. The whole "Death Panel" thing is exactly the kind of nonsense we need to expose to the light of reason. And all the howling to "Keep government out of healthcare" is likewise off-point. I just hope Pigliucci is willing to print corrections--even if it's to a story he's only linked to.

  3. Dennis,

    yes, of course I'm happy to post corrections, even regarding linked stories. What's the correction, though?

  4. Sorry if I implied I had one in mind. I meant hypothetically, in the event that, etc.


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