Flash Wednesday

  • The latest Rationally Speaking podcast episode is now available. This week’s special guest is Brendan Nyhan discusses why false beliefs refuse to die.
  • For the third year in a row, Brooklyn’s high-tech Gravesend Inn haunted attraction at NYC College of Technology is welcoming NYC Skeptics. This year, in addition to a backstage tour with systems designer John Huntington, NYC Skeptics attendees are invited to participate in a skeptical psychological research study! The festivities will take place on Saturday October 30, 2010 at 6PM. For more information click here.
  • This year NYC Skeptics is proud to sponsor our second SkeptiCamp — an “open” skeptical and scientific conference. The format differs from a traditional conference in that the attendees themselves also function as presenters. This year we will have more space, more presenters, and more fun! We again expect to have a full house of attendees and we encourage you to register early, as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available at the door. This year’s SkeptiCamp will take place on December 4, 2010 from 10AM-6PM. Registration is $15 and directly helps cover the costs of the conference. Register today!
  • In case you haven’t heard, President Obama will soon be appearing on Mythbusters to promote science education. AWESOME!

Flash Wednesday

Last Saturday almost 100 skeptics packed the NYPL to hear Professor Graham Priest’s NYC Skeptics Public Lecture “Speaking of Paradoxes.” This incredible turnout makes Professor Priest’s talk our most well attended lecture since Professor Richard Wiseman’s talk last January. Thank you everyone for turning out! Reaction to the lecture is popping up [...]

Flash Wednesday

In an effort to clear out our remaining inventory before the arrival of the NECSS 2010 DVDs, we are reducing the price of our NECSS 2009 DVD set from $45 to $20 — more than half off! What’s more, we are including free shipping to delivery addresses within the Unites States. This set includes the [...]

Flash Wednesday

Rationally Speaking Podcast Episode 15: Q&A

In the first of what we hope will be a regular feature of Rationally Speaking, Massimo and Julia answer listeners’ questions. These range from what are M & J’s sacred cows, to how we should approach morally repugnant claims made by venerated philosophers, to whether we are deluding ourselves believing that our votes count.

NYC Skeptics Public Lecture – Graham Priest: SPEAKING OF PARADOXES
When: September 11, 2010

Where: Jefferson Market Library – 425 Avenue of the Americas (at 10th St.) New York, NY 10011-8454 … continue reading this entry.

Rationally Speaking Podcast: What About Thought Experiments?

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Philosophers are often accused of engaging in armchair speculation, as far removed from reality as possible. The quintessential example of this practice is the thought experiment, which many scientists sneer at precisely because it doesn’t require one to get one’s hands dirty. And yet scientists have often engaged in thought experiments, some of which have marked major advances in our understanding of the world. Just consider the famous example of Galileo’s thought experiment demonstrating (rather counter intuitively) that two objects of different weight must fall at the same speed. And, perhaps more famously, Einstein’s thought experiments on the nature of light. … continue reading this entry.

Rationally Speaking Podcast: Guest Eugenie Scott on the Status of the Creationism and ID Wars

Our special guest this episode is Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, the premiere organization fighting for sound scientific educational standards in this country, and a permanent thorn in the ass of creationists and IDers nationwide.

Genie updates us on the status of the ID and creationist [...]

Rationally Speaking Podcast: Nonsense on Stilts

The focus of this episode is Massimo’s new book, Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. The book, broadly speaking, is about what philosopher Karl Popper famously called the demarcation problem: how do we tell the difference among science, non-science and pseudoscience?  We explore the complex relationship among these, [...]

Rationally Speaking Podcast Episode 8

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The Anthropic Principle (AP), in its many forms, attempts to explain why our observations of the physical universe are compatible with the life observed in it. From the Weak AP (WAP), which in one form states that “conditions that are observed in the universe must allow the observer to exist”, to [...]

Rationally Speaking Podcast: Guest Peter Woit

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We are taking on fundamental physics! Our guest, Peter Woit, is a physicist in the Department of Mathematics at Columbia University and author of Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law. We discuss the apparently [...]

Rationally Speaking Podcast with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson joins Massimo and Julia to discuss the need for a space program. Many scientists (and most people in the skeptic community) simply assume that funding outlets like NASA are a good idea. But, can scientists justify the enormous expense involved, not just in terms of their personal curiosity, but as a matter of tangible and intangible benefits to society at large? Should we go back to the Moon and establish a permanent base? Is it worth the expense and likely risk to human life to attempt a mission to Mars? What is a space station for, anyway? … continue reading this entry.

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