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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.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Massimo's picks

* Olivia ("Dr. Tatiana") Judson on why British libel law is bad for science and for democracy.

* I'm sure you knew this, but guess what? Men literally lose their mind when they talk to an attractive woman...

* Whole Foods, not quite as progressive as you may think.

* New Scientist put out a pretty controversial blueprint for a better world. It includes ideas like moving to a city, vaccinate your kids, and liberalize drugs.

* The website Science-Based Medicine publishes a (long) in-depth critique of Bill Maher. He is funny, and his politics may be on the mark, but don't trust him with your health!

* Wearing condoms can actually help combat climate change. I'm not kidding.

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