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.


The Rationally Speaking podcast, which is produced by New York City Skeptics, and currently hosted by Julia Galef, featured yours truly as a founder and co-host for its first five years of existence. Below are all episodes Julia and I did together.

RS132 - Live from NECSS 2015, my final episode!
RS131 - James Randi on Being An Honest Liar
RS130 - The Atheists Own 10 Commandments
RS129 - Would the World Be a Better Place Without Religion?
RS128 - 5th Anniversary Live (video) Show 
RS127 - Elise Crull on Philosophy of Physics
RS126 - Preston Bost on Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers
RS125 - The Quantified Self
RS124 - Stoicism
RS123 - Daniel Lakens on P-Hacking and Other Problems in Psychology Research
RS122 - The Science and Philosophy of Humor
RS121 - Benjamin Todd on 80,000 Hours
RS120 - Nihilism
RS119 - Aaron James on Assholes (and Bitches)
RS118 - Live From Baruch College With Dr. Steven Novella
RS117 - Maria Konnikova on How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
RS116 - Jim Baggott and Massimo on Farewell to Reality
RS115 - Maarten Boudry and Massimo On the Difference Between Science and Pseudoscience
RS114 - Massimo and Julia Go Freestyle
RS113 - The Turing TestRS
112 - Race: Just a Social Construct?
RS111 - Human Nature
RS110 - Scientia, the Unity of Knowledge
RS109 - Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on Plato at the Googleplex
RS108 - Suicide
RS107 - MOOCs
RS106 - Live From NECSS With Lawrence Krauss
RS105 - Greta Christina on Coming Out Atheist
RS104 - Edward Frenkel on Love and Math
RS103 - Neil deGrasse Tyson on Why He Doesn't Call Himself an Atheist
RS102 - Zach Weinersmith on His "SMBC" Webcomic
RS101 - Max Tegmark on the Mathematical Universe Hypothesis
RS100 - Live Q&A: Massimo and Julia Answer Everything!
RS99 - Judith Schlesinger Exposes the Myth of the Mad Genius
RS98 - Jerome Wakefield on Psychiatric Diagnoses: Science or Pseudoscience?
RS97 - Peter Singer on Being a Utilitarian in the Real World
RS96 - Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld on the Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience 
RS95 - Gerard O'Brien On the Computational Theory of Mind
RS94 - Maarten Boudry on Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem
RS93 - Dr. Michael E. Mann On The Science Of Climate Change
RS92 - Dr. Paul Offit On Believing in Magic
RS91 - Kendrick Frazier On Skeptical Inquiry
RS90 - On Wine, Water, and Audio
RS89 - Online Dating
RS88 - Mario Livio on Brilliant Blunders
RS87 - Sean Carroll on Naturalism
RS86 - Live From NECSS With Jim Holt On Why Does the World Exist?
RS85 - Live From NECSS With Michael Shermer On the Role of Science in Morality
RS84 - Stephen Asma On the Myth of Universal Love
RS83 - Samuel Arbesman On The Half-Life of Facts
RS82 - It's Not Easy Being Green
RS81 - Live! Ben Goldacre on Bad Pharma
RS80 - Dear Abby
RS79 - Chris Mooney on The Republican War on Science
RS78 - Intelligence and Personality Testing
RS77 - Victoria Pitts-Taylor on Feminism and Science
RS76 - Crowdsourcing and the Wisdom of Crowds
RS75 - When Scientists Kill
RS74 - Live! John Shook on Philosophy of Religion
RS73 - Live! Answers for Aristotle
RS72 - Graham Priest on Paradoxes and Paraconsistent Logic
RS71 - On Science Fiction and Philosophy
RS70 - Graham Priest on Buddhism and Other Asian Philosophies
RS69 - James Ladyman on Metaphysics
RS68 - Applied Rationality
RS67 - Freudianism as Pseudoscience, With Assorted Comments on Masturbation and Castration...
RS66 - Matthew Hutson on The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking
RS65 - Philosophical Shock Tactics
RS64 - Jesse Prinz on Looking Beyond Human Nature
RS63 - Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
RS62 - Patricia Churchland on What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality
RS61 - Willpower
RS60 - Q&A With Massimo and Julia
RS59 - Live at NECSS: David Kyle Johnson on the Simulation Argument
RS58 - Intuition
RS57 - Peer Review
RS56 - Howard Schneider on Science News Literacy
RS55 - Spirituality
RS54 - The 'isms' Episode
RS53 - Parapsychology
RS52 - Donald Prothero on the Holocaust-Deniers' Playbook
RS51 - Joseph Heath on Economics Without Illusions
RS50 - Neurobabble
RS49 - Eugenie C. Scott on Denialism of Climate Change and Evolution
RS48 - Philosophical Counseling
RS46 - The Varieties of Skepticism
RS45 - Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on Spinoza, Göedl, and Theories of Everything
RS44 - Fluff that Works
RS43 - Women in Skepticism
RS42 - On the Limits of Reason
RS41 - Robert Zaretsky on Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding
RS40 - Q&A With Massimo and Julia
RS39 - The Science and Philosophy of Free Will
RS38 - Holden Karnofsky on Evidence-based Philanthropy
RS37 - The Science and Philosophy of Happiness
RS36 - Why Should We Care About Teaching the Humanities?
RS35 - What is Philosophy of Science Good For?
RS34 - Celebrities and the Damage They Can Do
RS33 - Live at NECSS: New Dilemmas in Bioethics
RS32 - Value-free Science?
RS31 - Vegetarianism
RS30 - Cordelia Fine on Delusions of Gender
RS29 - Q&A Live!
RS28 - Live! How To Tell Science From Bunk
RS27 - The Perihelinox Episode, With Historian Timothy Alborn on Anniversaries
RS26 - Is Anthropology Still a Science?
RS25 - Q&A With Massimo and Julia
RS24 - Memetics!
RS23 - Carol Tavris on Everybody Making Mistakes, Except Us...
RS22 - Steven Novella on Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science
RS21 - Joshua Knobe on Experimental Philosophy
RS20 - Q&A With Massimo and Julia
RS19 - Brendan Nyhan on False Beliefs that Refuse to Die
RS18 - Evolutionary Psychology
RS17 - Transhumanism
RS16 - Deferring to Experts
RS15 - Q&A with Massimo and Julia
RS14 - Jennifer Michael Hecht on Science, Religion, Happiness, and Other Myths
RS13 - Superstition, Is It Good For You?
RS12 - What About Thought Experiments?
RS11 - Guest Eugenie Scott on the Status of the Creationism and ID Wars
RS10 - Nonsense on Stilts
RS09 - When Smart People Endorse Pseudoscience
RS08 - The Anthropic Principle
RS07 - Peter Woit Discusses Whether String Theory is "Not Even Wrong"
RS06 - Fluffy Thinking
RS05 - Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Need For a Space Program
RS04 - The Great Atheist Debate Over the Limits of Science 
RS03 - Can History Be a Science? 
RS02 - Love, a Skeptical Inquiry
RS01 - Why Be Rational?