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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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Rationally Speaking podcast: It's Not Easy Being Green

If you're an ethically minded consumer, you should buy organic because it's better for the environment, right? Actually, the case isn't so clear-cut. But you should certainly buy fair-trade because it's better for foreign laborers, right?

Well... that's complicated too. In this episode of Rationally Speaking, Julia and Massimo talk about how hard it is to know how much good you're accomplishing with your purchases, or whether you're even doing any good at all.

Julia's pick: "The game Wits & Wagers"

Massimo's pick: "Philosophy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

1 comment:

  1. The podcast was interesting and entertaining as always. I can only assume that you have yet to get any comments on the subject because you said nothing objectionable!

    Keep it up!


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