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Rationally Speaking

By New York City Skeptics

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Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join hosts Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game as long as we can bring reason to bear upon it, with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor! We agree with the Marquis de Condorcet, who said that in an open society we ought to devote ourselves 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." Rationally Speaking is produced by Benny Pollak and is recorded in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.

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This is fantastic. Massimo and Julia make a great duo. The intro and transition music runs a bit long and seems to be misplaced (odd house music), but the conversation between Massimo and Julia is essentially an intellectual orgasm for the ears (and brain I suppose).

It's OK

It took me awhile to figure out why I don't much like this podcast when all the other comments are so positive. It's definitely OK, but not my favorite among skeptic podcasts. I realized that I really like the episodes in which the hosts are interviewing someone else, but tend to wander away during the ones in which it's just Massimo and Julia chatting up a topic. It's not reasonable to think that the hosts are experts in so many topics and as such, I'm just not that interested in their opinions or banter. They're both articulate, smart and broadly knowledgeable though and really shine when they interview or interact with a subject matter expert and can bring all those qualities to bear during the interview.

This is my favorite

Even without Dr. Pigliucci (he stopped participation a few months ago), this is a great podcast. It is usually interesting, often facinating.

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  • Language: English

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