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, May 30, 2010

Michael's Picks

* An absolutely hilarious SNL clip featuring The Devil commenting on the recent abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.
* An informative, if not thought-provoking review of Paul Berman's new book, "The Flight of the Intellectuals."
* A mosque/Islamic cultural center is going up near Ground Zero, and it's causing quite a stir.
* Diana Butler Bass has an interesting liberal religionist's take on faith, Democrats, and the 2010 elections.
* In response to criticism, Chris Mooney outlines "The Reasons for Science Communication Training."
* CFI's Ron Lindsay chimes in on the debate over whether secular advocacy groups should organize charitable relief.
* Wajahat Ali writes over at Slate that "France's proposed ban on the burqa is a hypocritical and self-serving justification that betrays its triptych motto of 'liberty, equality, fraternity.'"
* What happened when three men in the 1950s who considered themselves to be Jesus Christ were forced to live together in a mental hospital? Here's an essay (or more of a review of an out-of-print book) answering that question and dealing with the implications of such a psychological study.


  1. Think your first link is incorrect.

  2. It is - goes to our friendly neighborhood creationist.

  3. Thanks for the heads up, should be fixed.



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