Best rationalist podcasts we could find (Updated December 2017)
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Rationalists in Tech Podcast
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River City Rationalists
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Atheism in Brockville and the Thousand Islands. A voice for the nearly 25% of Eastern Ontario residents who express no religious affiliation.
 
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The River City Rationalists
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A voice for the non-believing community of Brockville and the 1000 Islands, Canada. Home of the River City Rationalists podcast!
 
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The Pod Delusion
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The Pod Delusion is a weekly news magazine podcast about interesting things. From politics, to science to culture and philosophy, it's commentary from a secular, rationalist, skeptical, somewhat lefty-liberal, sort of perspective.
 
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podcast – The Methods of Rationality Podcast
 
The internet's first source for Rationalist Fiction in audio format!
 
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The Bayesian Conspiracy
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A conversational podcast for the less hardcore rationalist, who wants to level-up their rational skills while having fun.
 
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Rationally Writing
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Weekly podcast about the Rational and Rationalist writing genres. Hosted by webserial authors Daystar Eld and Alexander Wales. Intro and Outro music is G.A.T.O. Must Be Respected, by Tim YarbroughTo contact us, please email daystar721@gmail.com
 
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Positively Doubtful
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Positively Doubtful is the official podcast of the Suncoast Skeptics, a group of critical thinkers, science lovers, and rationalists in and around Sarasota Florida. We discuss ideas critical in the modern world, including science and pseudoscience, religion, medicine, politics, history, and moral issues.
 
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History of the Thirty Years War, Volume 2 by SCHILLER, Friedrich
 
The History of the Thirty Years War is a five volume work, which followed his very successful History of the Revolt of the Netherlands. Written for a wider audience than Revolt, it is a vivid history, colored by Schiller’s own interest in the question of human freedom and his rationalist optimism. Volume 2 covers late 1620 through the aftermath of the Battle of Leipzig (now known as the First Battle of Breitenfeld), in 1631. (Summary by Alan Winterrowd)
 
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Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, An by LOCKE, John
 
John Locke's essays on human understanding answers the question “What gives rise to ideas in our minds?”. In the first book Locke refutes the notion of innate ideas and argues against a number of propositions that rationalists offer as universally accepted truth. In the second book Locke elaborates the role played by sensation, reflection, perception and retention in giving rise to simple ideas. Then he elaborates on how different modes, substances and relations of simple ideas (of the same ...
 
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History of the Thirty Years War, Volume 1 by SCHILLER, Friedrich
 
The History of the Thirty Years War is a five volume work, which followed his very successful History of the Revolt of the Netherlands. Written for a wider audience than Revolt, it is a vivid history, colored by Schiller’s own interest in the question of human freedom and his rationalist optimism. Volume 1 covers the background of the war, through the Battle of Prague in late 1620. (Introduction by Alan Winterrowd)
 
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Purpose-Centered Life: A Plan for Authentic Living
 
Bring to light your cherished principles, values, hopes and dreams into a personal plan for authentic living. This is the counter concept to "the purpose-driven life." There is an art to making meaning that isn't taught in any school, church, boardroom or home. Get weekly lessons that help you turn your passion into action and your principles into a life plan you can sustain. Learn how to fill your days with meaning, stop procrastinating, and bring new richness to everything you do.Join Eric ...
 
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Pokemon: The Origin of Species
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Audiobook Podcast for the rationalist fan fiction Pokemon: The Origin of Species written by Daystar Eld.Original text:http://daystareld.com/pokemon/ptoospodcast@gmail.com
 
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Tom Harris USA
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I talk about my own life, experiences, and opinions as I ramble on about this, that, and the other from a rationalist point of view. You can email the show at tom@tomharrisusa.com
 
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The Pod Delusion
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The Pod Delusion is a weekly news magazine podcast about interesting things. From politics, to science to culture and philosophy, it's commentary from a secular, rationalist, skeptical, somewhat lefty-liberal, sort of perspective.
 
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Reasonism
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Podcasts for free-thinkers, non-believers, atheists, reasonists, skeptics, rationalists and those who are just curious. We talk about religion, science, the conflict between the two and their impact on the world.
 
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Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, An by LOCKE, John
 
John Locke's essays on human understanding answers the question “What gives rise to ideas in our minds?”. In the first book Locke refutes the notion of innate ideas and argues against a number of propositions that rationalists offer as universally accepted truth. In the second book Locke elaborates the role played by sensation, reflection, perception and retention in giving rise to simple ideas. Then he elaborates on how different modes, substances and relations of simple ideas (of the same ...
 
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Autobiography of Goethe Volume 1, The by GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von
 
This Autobiography of Goethe has a lengthy introduction and short biography of Goethe's life by Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and was translated by John Oxenford (1812-1877) in 1848, which was a year of revolutions in Europe. Johann Goethe was a literary celebrity by the age of 25 and was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Carl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November of 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (available on Librivox) ...
 
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Life of Jesus Critically Examined, The by STRAUSS, David Friedrich
 
Strauss was an early pioneer in the ongoing 'Quest of the Historical Jesus' movement, and his Life of Jesus is one of the few landmarks in the field. The first edition of Strauss' book was published in Germany in 1835, when he was only 27 years old. He focused his attention on battling two theological fronts which were current at the time - the biblical Literalists who believed the miracles in the Gospels were to be taken as literal history, and the Rationalists, who believed that the Gospel ...
 
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Duel, The by CHEKHOV, Anton
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The plot centres around Laevsky, who is living in a small seaside town in the Caucasus after running away with another man's wife, Nadyezhda Fyodorovna, amid dreams of starting a new life.The dreams have come to nothing as Laevsky idles away his life drinking and playing cards, and Nadyezhda begins to have other affairs.Laevsky's scheme to run away again, this time without his mistress, brings him into conflict with the rationalist Von Koren, who believes in Darwinian principles of natural s ...
 
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Marble Faun, The by HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel
 
The Marble Faun is Hawthorne's most unusual romance. Writing on the eve of the American Civil War, Hawthorne set his story in a fantastical Italy. The romance mixes elements of a fable, pastoral, Gothic novel, and travel guide. In the spring of 1858, Hawthorne was inspired to write his romance when he saw the Faun of Praxiteles in a Roman sculpture gallery. The theme, characteristic of Hawthorne, is guilt and the Fall of Man. The four main characters are Miriam, a beautiful painter who is co ...
 
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When I wrote about my experiences doing psychotherapy with people, one commenter wondered if I might be schizoid: There are a lot of schizoid people in the rationalist community from what I can tell. The basis of schizoid is not all the big bad symptoms you might read about. There are high functioning people with personality disorders all the t ...…
 
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Slate Star Codex Podcast
 
SSC’s review of postmodernism got very mixed reviews. Some of them made a good point: why should I be trying this at all? I’m not a postmodernist, I’m not a philosophy professor, surely someone much more qualified has already written a blog-post-length explanation of postmodernism. This is all true. My only excuse is that trying to figure out c ...…
 
Some of the Seattleites put together a Postmodernism For Rationalists presentation that’s been sparking a lot of discussion. It’s not quite the way I would have explained things. I’m no expert in postmodernism, and can’t give anything more than a very simple introduction to one of many facets of the movement. But I am an expert in explaining th ...…
 
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The Table Podcast - Issues of God and Culture
 
Darrell Bock Welcome to The Table where we discuss issues of God and culture. I’m Darrell Bock, Executive Director at the Hendricks Center and also Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies here at Dallas Theological Seminary. My guests are John Hannah to my left and Michael Svigel to my right and my topic is the 500th anniversary of t ...…
 
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Sermons – Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C.
 
500 Years of Protest! October Sunday Series “500 Years of Reformation” 10/29/2017 @ 10:00 a.m. Grant Glowiak Director of Youth Ministries at The Union Church of Hinsdale, U.C.C. When my sisters and I were growing up there weren’t a lot of activities all of us loved. But one of those things was playing little league baseball. Surprisingly, my mi ...…
 
Kinsella on Liberty Podcast, Episode 228.This is my appearance on Lions of Liberty, Episode 318, with host Marc Clair. We discussed Hans-Hermann Hoppe's "argumentation ethics" defense of libertarian rights, and related issues.Related: “Argumentation Ethics and Liberty: A Concise Guide” (2011) and Supplemental Resources Hoppe’s Argumentation Eth ...…
 
References Master of the Senate Episode 3 - Legacy: the size of a science slice of the pie is shrinking Rationalists coordinating people on a project article Technical debt Kula Sushi LA, Silicon Valley Influence - Cialdini Things to Hang on your Mental Mug Tree Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Microsoft research announcement around the same time (no ...…
 
What is the Darwinian survival value of religion? That's not the right question, says Richard Dawkins. To find the right question, he relies on an evolutionary analogy: Why do moths fly into flames? It means instant death, so what's the evolutionary value of this kamikaze behavior? Dawkins delivers a crash course in proximate and ultimate causa ...…
 
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Ari Bergmann may be one of the most unique and iconoclastic interviewees imaginable. In many ways, he is a walking paradox: a prolific hedge fund principal who is also a prolific Torah scholar; a product of classical yeshiva institutions who embraces - and now teaches, at the Ivy Leagues no less! - academic Talmud study; a ra ...…
 
Hey folks – the RCR podcast is moving feeds. We’re moving from www.atheos.ca to rivercityrationalists.artielane.ca by the end of Sept 2017. If this announcement lands in your iTunes feed, then you’re good to go. Thanks for your continued support!
 
You can be committed to science, but as soon as you're committed to a hypothesis, you've walked off the trail of objective truth, says Richard Dawkins. For him, that is the mission of science and the purpose of the scientific method: these truths exist—they are the foundations of innovations like vaccinations, antibiotics, and space travel, bec ...…
 
First aired on the Stoic Guitarist FB Page, on Thursday, July 6th, 2017. In this series, Scott Perry, author of The Stoic Creative, speaks with guests who share insights and resources to help you develop a posture & mindset of excellence as an Artist!In this episode, Scott speaks with Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, a psychologist who advocates and adv ...…
 
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River City Rationalists
 
Episode 32 looks at yet more examples of women doing the heavy lifting of equal rights, while the men-folk look the other way. We look at a teenage girl who had her mic cut-off mid-testimony, for the temerity of explaining how God made her. We check in to Alberta where Laurie Skori is taking a Christian school to task over their take on moralit ...…
 
In the nineteenth century, in America and Germany, new forms of vegetarianism emerge – from the individualistic consumer vegetarianism of America, to the back-to-nature European “life reform” movement. Episode 14: Diet Reform As animal agriculture industrialises and meat consumption rises, the ways that food reformers respond are familiar to pe ...…
 
Concluding on the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (1670) and Tractatus Politicus (1677). What's the relationship between ethics, reason, and revelation? What could "faith" possibly mean to a hard-core rationalist like Spinoza? Is it possible to buy into the non-denominational "true religion" without believing any of the dogmas of traditional rel ...…
 
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The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast
 
Concluding on the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (1670) and Tractatus Politicus (1677). What's the relationship between ethics, reason, and revelation? What could "faith" possibly mean to a hard-core rationalist like Spinoza? Is it possible to buy into the non-denominational "true religion" without believing any of the dogmas of traditional rel ...…
 
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Coaching, Neuroscience and Consciousness
 
Join us for a fascinating look at what happens when we sleep. From the rationalist neuroscience view to the magic of dreams, this promises to be a wide-ranging conversation as we explore how our consciousness goes to "night school." Dream expert Will Sharon joins us for this conversation.
 
Nytt avsnitt i sommarvärmen och denna gång mter Radio houdi Richard Dawkins John har mött Richard Dawkins i Sverige och pratar om Dawkins nya bok. Det blir lite #skyltgate, Jockiboi erkänner att hans spökfilmer på YouTube är fejkade (vad annars?). Är det rättvist att kalla Oliver Stones filmer för “foliehattfilmer”. John reder ut begreppet. Hom ...…
 
Nytt avsnitt i sommarvärmen och denna gång mter Radio houdi Richard Dawkins John har mött Richard Dawkins i Sverige och pratar om Dawkins nya bok. Det blir lite #skyltgate, Jockiboi erkänner att hans spökfilmer på YouTube är fejkade (vad annars?). Är det rättvist att kalla Oliver Stones filmer för “foliehattfilmer”. John reder ut begreppet. Hom ...…
 
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For episode 50 (something I neglected to mention while actually recording the podcast) we return to look at the point of the podcast, why it's sometimes important to be pessimist and why rationalists dismiss religion to both their peril and detriment.
 
David and Tamler break down the latest small-stakes academic controversy--yes the one about conceptual penises. Does the recent "Sokal-like" hoax expose the ideological extremism of gender studies? Or does it show that certain portions of the "skeptic" community are susceptible to the same biases as their opponents? In the main segment they dis ...…
 
In this episode we spoke to guest, Christine Shellska; Phd candidate at the University of Calgary, former president of Atheist Alliance International, board member of the American Humanist Association, and co-host of the Legion of Reason Diversion podcast. We talked about a bunch of different stuff, pretty much whatever came to mind. After Chri ...…
 
An embarrassingly unskeptical article appeared in Skeptic Magazine recently featuring a hoax paper published in a Gender Studies journal by two authors: James Lindsay (past guest of the show) and Peter Boghossian. Michael Shermer, the editor of Skeptic magazine, and several major figures in the skeptic movement like Sam Harris and Richard Dawki ...…
 
An embarrassingly unskeptical article appeared in Skeptic Magazine recently featuring a hoax paper published in a Gender Studies journal by two authors: James Lindsay (past guest of the show) and Peter Boghossian. Michael Shermer, the editor of Skeptic magazine, and several major figures in the skeptic movement like Sam Harris and Richard Dawki ...…
 
The team tackles the master of No-Spin, learns of Earth’s latest super-hero the Asparagus Man, and touches base with real, live Canadian polygamists, and gets the skinny from Mark on that brave new frontier Cyber Church. We live in the future, thanks be to God! Recorded at the home of Judith and Mark in Brockville on April 30, 2017.…
 
The team tackles the the master of No-Spin, learns of Earth’s latest super-hero the Asparagus Man, and touches base real, live Canadian polygamists, and gets the skinny from Mark on that brave new frontier Cyber Church. We live in the future, thanks be to God! Recorded at the home of Judith and Mark in Brockville on April 30, 2017.…
 
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Sivana Podcast: Eastern Spirituality, Yoga Philosophy, and Conscious Living
 
Why is it that people speak differently when they’re dying? Lisa Smartt’s father had always been a skeptical and rationalist person. But three days before dying, her father announced, "The angels say only three days left now." He spoke of a "green dimension" and his room crowded with people who were unseen. He also spoke in a poetic and metapho ...…
 
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Patterson in Pursuit: Philosophy | Politics | Religion
 
Rationalists are far too quick to dismiss anecdotes as being "non-scientific." They are also too quick to accept all official-looking "data" that comes from scientists - when, in fact, anecdotes might sometimes be more trustworthy than scientific data. On the other hand, many people are far too likely to accept the theoretical claims of anecdot ...…
 
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Classical Music Discoveries
 
Becoming a Freemason was very important to Mozart. He was admitted as an apprentice on December 14, 1784. He was promoted to a journeyman Mason on January 7, 1785 and he became a master Mason shortly thereafter.Many of the lodges had many composers as members and since young Mozart was widely considered the best composer of them all, he was fre ...…
 
Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin is a well-known Torah scholar, with a particular interest in Torah and zoology, the intersection of science and Torah, and the tension between the rationalist and mystical conceptions of Judaism. Much of this came to a head in 2004, when his books on some of these topics, which until then had been warmly accepted through ...…
 
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Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast
 
"Birthright," Parts I and II. In the sixth-season episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Birthright," Parts I and II, there are parallels between Lieutenant Worf and the Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. Both Worf and Socrates were accused of corrupting the minds of the youth, both were protesting the perceived injustices and irrational ...…
 
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