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Rationally Speaking Live with guest Steve Novella

Rationally Speaking Live!

When: Sunday September 28, 2014 @ 2PM

Where:  Nagelberg Theatre, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (enter on 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Ave.)

Join us for a live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast with co-hosts Massimo Pigliucci , Julia Galef, and very special guest Steve Novella! They will discuss the scope of scientific skepticism, including: What topics and areas of inquiry - if any - are "off limits" to skepticism and skeptical activism? Where should skeptics focus their limited resources in a world of pseudoscience and uncritical thinking? They will also reflect on the current state of skepticism and the skeptical movement.

Admission is free and open to the public. An audience Q&A and social will follow the taping.

Dr. Novella is an academic neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. He hosts the popular "Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe" podcast, is the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He also contributes to numerous scientific and skeptical publications and blogs focusing on general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society, including NeuroLogicaBlog, The Rogues Gallery, SkepticBlog, Science-Based Medicine, and the Skeptical Inquirer.



AN HONEST LIAR - Special Advance Screening and Q&A

Online ticketing for this event has closed. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the BPAC box office.

 Thursday August 28 @ 7PM

Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Ave (entrance on 25th Street)

$15 General Admission

$10 NYC Skeptics members

NYC Skeptics is thrilled to present a very special advance screening of the renowned documentary film An Honest Liar, which chronicles the life and career of famed paranormal investigator James “The Amazing” Randi. Then, join us after the film for a Q&A session with An Honest Liar co-director and producer Justin Weinstein.

NYC Skeptics members may purchase tickets at a discounted rate by using the BUY TICKETS link above (all current members have been e-mailed discount codes). If you would like to join NYC Skeptics or renew your membership you may do so here and we will e-mail you a discount code.

This is a single screening that WILL sell out -- we encourage everyone to purchase their ticket early!

Ticket purchases are limited to 2 tickets per order. Please note that due to the limited number of tickets available we will be unable to offer refunds for this event.

Watch the official trailer for An Honest Liar:

WINNER: Audience Award for Best Feature, AFI Docs 2014
WINNER: Top Ten Audience Favorite, HotDocs 2014

“Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein turn a standard bio-doc about an extraordinary man into a rumination on the blurred line between trickery and truth.”
- Ariel Teplitsky, Toronto Star

“Absorbing… The film feels like an enchanting magic act with its web of lies, cheats, and reveals. An Honest Liar leaves one doubting the power of so-called-mystics, but it successfully conjures the magic of movies.”
- Patrick Mullen, Point of View Magazine




Rationally Speaking Live Episode 100: Massimo and Julia Answer Everything

Rationally Speaking Live Episode 100: Massimo and Julia Answer Everything

When: Saturday October 26, 2013 @ 2PM

Where: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Ave of the Americas at 10th Street

Join us for a very special live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast to celebrate our 100th episode! By now Julia and Massimo have explored topics ranging from “why be rational?” (episode 1) to “is anthropology (still) a science?” (episode 26), from “spirituality” (episode 55) to “Bad Pharma” (episode 84).

We have had a number of exciting guests, including Neil deGrasse Tyson (episode 5), Eugenie Scott (episodes 11 & 49), Steve Novella (episode 22), Rebecca Goldstein (episode 45), Patricia Churchland (episode 62), Chris Mooney (episode 79), Mario Livio (episode 88), and Paul Offit (episode 92), among many, many others.

So, now we feel that we area ready to answer everything, or at least to try. The show will feature a full hour of audience Q’s and Julia & Massimo’s A’s. Any topic in science, philosophy and the borderlands between the two will be fair game. Push us to think on our feet, and perhaps to admit our ignorance on stage! It’s going to be a fun, interactive afternoon to celebrate the podcast’s milestone.

And don’t forget to stick around after the show: there will be a social at a nearby watering hole, where you can mingle with the Rationally Speaking crew, members of NYC Skeptics, and fellow critical thinkers!


Rationally Speaking Podcast Live: with Guest Ben Goldacre

When: Thursday February 21 - 7:00 PM

Where: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (map)

Free and open to the public!

Join us first for a special lecture by Dr. Benjamin Goldacre about his new book, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, and then Dr. Goldacre will be our special guest on a live taping of the Rationally Speaking podcast.


We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature about a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. We like to imagine that regulators let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve useless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients.

All these problems have been shielded from public scrutiny because they’re too complex to capture in a sound bite. But Ben Goldacre shows that the true scale of this murderous disaster fully reveals itself only when the details are untangled. He believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct on a global scale affects us.

With Goldacre’s characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for something to be done. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.


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.