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Rationally Speaking Podcast Live: Answers for Aristotle

When: October 21st - 4:00 PM

Where: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (map)

Free and open to the public!

Join us for a special live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast as Massimo and Julia discuss Massimo's new book, Answers for Aristotle. We will also present a special post-podcast performance by "mathemagician" Ethan Brown. Ethan's performance at NECSS 2012 was a hit of the conference and we're thrilled to provide this special "sneak peak" at his brand-new act. There will be a social following the event (location T.B.A).


Aristotle believed that there was a fundamental human characteristic—a desire to find answers to life’s difficult questions and to find truth and purpose in those nebulous arenas of love, knowledge, justice, and belief. Though humans find meaning through myriad methods, Aristotle relied on scientia, a mixture of science and philosophy to find the best possible knowledge about how to find happiness and meaning in life. Over the millennia, this method of inquiry has fallen to the wayside, as people increasingly turn to self-help gurus, religion, and ill-defined spirituality to find purpose in their lives. Massimo Pigliucci believes Aristotle’s method is due for a revival.

In Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life, Massimo Pigliucci applies his unique background as both a biologist and a philosopher to revitalize and update this Aristotelian method of inquiry. Using a method of investigation he calls “Sci-Phi,” Pigliucci combines the seemingly incongruous disciplines of science and philosophy and looks for answers to life’s most enduring questions. Through reason and rational thought, Pigliucci brings clarity to life’s lasting dilemmas, and provides a guide for applying logic to philosophical quandaries.

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