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, September 13, 2009

Massimo's Picks

* An article from a few months ago, on Star Trek's bold vision for the future and critical involvement with events of the present.

* Traces of the Origin of Species: a graphic comparison of how Charles Darwin changed his mind about what he wanted to say across six editions of his book.

* Being smart is sexy, apparently. Then again, it is an evolutionary psychologist who tells us so. Caveat emptor.

* Fruit Loops is health food... according to Kellogg's and its cronies, of course.

* Support Penn & Teller's right to make fun of the Vatican, and watch the full show free!


  1. It was clear that being smart is sexy, it became sexy. Some people where already talking about it while analizing modern ways people relate to each other, which consist much more trough media than face to face than before. Therefore to evaluate the other person most of the imput comes trough writen or verbal communication and less trough corporal signs.
    You can confirm what I say in this post
    or in the following one.
    By the way interesting the link about darwin stuff

  2. You gotta love Penn! Even his political views.

  3. Imagine the result if any political party was found to have told all its members to cover up child sex abuse! It would be crushed, or at least lose most of its members. Imagine the affect on a corporation! Yet the CC, which is, as stated in the P&T video, a business, gets away with it and gets presidential protection from W. I thought I couldn't hate that scumbag any more, but I see I was wrong. Sorry for the flame, but in this case, I feel justified.

  4. Being smart is sexy, but then they attract pretty women and http://bit.ly/1aJf60

  5. Massimo,

    Are you going to continue that series were you explain things about different philosophers?

  6. someone,

    yes, I will occasionally post something about individual philosophers. Socrates is next on my list, but I haven't had the time to get around it...


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