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.
Monday, March 15, 2010
* Episode #4 of the Rationally Speaking podcast is out: The Great Atheist Debate on the Limits of Science.
* In a controversial study, scientists rank all the common drugs according to how harmful they are.
* Our bodies intuitively find physical metaphors for abstract concepts.
* What a great idea for a new scientific journal -- the Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results (JSUR).
* An intriguing twist on the anthropic principle: the "entropic principle."
* Easy = True: a discussion of the hot-button psychological concept of cognitive fluency.