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.
Friday, December 02, 2011
by Michael De Dora
* Will Obama cave to religious lobbying over new birth control rules? I doubt it, but here’s one way to make sure he doesn’t.
* In a ruling that has far-reaching implications, a federal judge this week rejected a $285 million settlement between Citigroup and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
* Jim Holt pens an in-depth review of Nobel-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow.
* Is willpower an illusion? Greg Walton and Carol Dweck, writing in the New York Times, explain why they don’t think so.
* Raymond Tallis has an intriguing review of two new books on cognition: Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter, by Terrence Deacon, and Who’s in Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga.
* Foreign Policy releases its list of the top 100 global thinkers.
* Marcelo Gleiser writes that TV’s Dr. House is “the perfect model of the ultimate empiricist, an illustration of how scientific methods are applied in most labs and departments around the world.”