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, August 13, 2012
Rationally Speaking podcast: Freudianism as Pseudoscience, With Assorted Comments on Masturbation and Castration...
this episode, Massimo and Julia talk about the pseudoscientific aspects of Freud's theories of human psychology.
Along the way they explore what philosophy of science has to say about testing theories -- and some of the similarities that Freudianism has with religion, new age mysticism, and psychic reading.
Julia's pick: "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal"
Massimo's pick: "10 Totally Different TV Shows that Doctor Who Has Been Over the Years"
* Interview with Frank Cioffi, critic of Freud
* Book: Freud and the Question of Pseudoscience
* NYT obituary of Cioffi