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Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo Pigliucci has a Doctorate in Genetics from the University of Ferrara (Italy), a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee.  He has done post-doctoral research in evolutionary ecology at Brown University and is currently Chair of the Philosophy Department at Lehman College and Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, in particular the structure and foundations of evolutionary theory, the relationship between science and philosophy, the relationship between science and religion, and the nature of pseudoscience.

Prof. Pigliucci is the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Philosophy & Theory in Biology. He has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientific attack.” In the area of public outreach, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national magazines such as Skeptic, Skeptical Inquirer, Philosophy Now, and The Philosopher’s Magazine among others. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Pigliucci pens the Rationally Speaking blog, hosts the podcast by the same name, and publishes the “5-minute Philosopher” videos on YouTube.

At last count, Prof. Pigliucci has published 119 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 10 technical and public outreach books, including Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism and the Nature of Science (Sinauer), Making Sense of Evolution: Toward a Coherent Picture of Evolutionary Theory (with Jonathan Kaplan, University of Chicago Press), and Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University of Chicago Press). His latest book is Answers to Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life (BasicBooks).

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Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds. (2014)

"Reflections on the skeptic and atheist movements"   Scientia Salon  (May 13, 2015)

"From the Archives (2009): David Chalmers and the Singularity that will probably not come"   Ethical Technology  (May 21, 2014)

"SpaceX, a somewhat critical look"   Rationally Speaking  (Apr 10, 2014)

"On parapsychology"   Rationally Speaking  (Apr 2, 2014)

"On Coyne, Harris, and PZ (with thanks to Dennett)"   Rationally Speaking  (Feb 5, 2014)

"Is information physical? And what does that mean?"   Rationally Speaking  (Jan 24, 2014)

"The sciphi of gay adoption"   Rationally Speaking  (Jan 16, 2014)

"What virtues, and why?"   Rationally Speaking  (Jan 9, 2014)

"The philosophy of suicide"   Rationally Speaking  (Dec 27, 2013)

"Mathematical Universe? I ain’t convinced"   Rationally Speaking  (Dec 12, 2013)

"Is there such a thing as moral expertise?"   Rationally Speaking  (Dec 4, 2013)

"Irrationality, a Tea Party-Like Discussion Over LGBTQ Marriage and Children"   Rationally Speaking  (Nov 20, 2013)

"The Pseudoscience Black Hole"   Rationally Speaking  (Nov 11, 2013)

"Are there natural laws?"   Rationally Speaking   (Oct 3, 2013)

"Calculating God"   Rationally Speaking  (Sep 29, 2013)

"Three and a half thought experiments in philosophy of mind"   Rationally Speaking  (Sep 9, 2013)

"Doing philosophy of science, an example"   Rationally Speaking  (Sep 5, 2013)

"Philosophy of Pseudoscience: reconsidering the demarcation problem"   Rationally Speaking  (Aug 31, 2013)

"Evolutionary psychology, Jerry Coyne, Robert Kurzban, and the so-called creationism of the mind"   Rationally Speaking  (Aug 10, 2013)

"Computation, Church-Turing, and all that jazz"   Rationally Speaking  (Aug 7, 2013)

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Why He Doesn’t Call Himself an Atheist   2014-03-10

“SMBC” Webcomic   2014-02-25

Psychiatric Diagnoses: Science or Pseudoscience?   2013-12-10

On Being a Utilitarian in the Real World   2013-11-26