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Rationally Speaking Podcast

Society-and-culture • Science

Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join host Julia Galef and guests 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, withRead more

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Dangerous biomedical research - is it worth it? (Kevin Esvelt)

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Why we're polarized (Ezra Klein)

Nov 5 • 01:18:57

Ezra Klein explains how Republican and Democrats in the US became so different from each other, ideologically and demographically, and why that trend + our institutions =  political gridlock. Questions covered include: Is polarization necessarily bad? Has the left polarized more than the right? And what should we make of polls that seem to show Republicans and Democrats us...

The genetic lottery (Kathryn Paige Harden)

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How to reason about COVID, and other hard things (Kelsey Piper)

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"Price gouging" in emergencies

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How to be a data detective (Tim Harford)

Jun 10 • 01:02:45

When you see a statistic reported in the news, like "10% of University of California Berkeley students were homeless this year," how do you evaluate it? You shouldn't blindly accept every statistic you read. But neither should you reject everything that sounds surprising. Tim Harford, economist and author of The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics, t...

Are Uber and Lyft drivers being exploited?

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Unfair laws / Why judges should be originalists (William Baude)

Mar 19 • 01:03:16

Is there any justification for seemingly unjust laws like "qualified immunity," which allows cops to get away with bad behavior? William Baude, a leading scholar of constitutional law, explores how these laws came to be and why they're so hard to change. Also, Baude makes the case for originalism, the view that judges should base their rulings on the original meaning of th...

Intellectual honesty, cryptocurrency, & more (Vitalik Buterin)

Mar 4 • 01:16:40

Julia and guest Vitalik Buterin (creator of the open-source blockchain platform Ethereum) explore a wide range of topics, including: Vitalik's intellectually honest approach to leadership, why prediction markets appear to be biased in favor of Trump, whether it was rational to invest in Bitcoin ten years ago, Vitalik's defense of life extension research against its critics...

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