The Humanist Hour #83: Julia Galef
A new episode of the Humanist Hour is available for listening. Keep reading to find out about the guest on this month’s show.
In this month’s podcast, Todd Stiefel’s co-host is Amanda K. Metskas. Together they interview Julia Galef, the president of the Center for Applied Rationality.
Amanda K. Metskas, co-host
Amanda K. Metskas is the executive director of Camp Quest, Inc. She has been involved with Camp Quest since 2003, and served on the board of directors from 2004-2007. Amanda became executive director when Camp Quest, Inc. hired her as its first staff person in January 2008. As executive director, Amanda focuses on providing coordination and support services to all of the Camp Quest programs, and helps launch new Camp Quest camps across North America.
In addition to her work with Camp Quest, Amanda is the vice president of the Secular Coalition for America. She co-authored Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief with Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura and Jan Devor. Amanda holds an M.A. in political science from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in international relations and psychology from Brown University. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband August E. Brunsman IV and their two cats.
Julia is the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality. She is also a writer, blogger, and public speaker focusing on science and rationality, and the co-host of the official podcast of the New York City Skeptics, “Rationally Speaking.” She holds a degree in statistics from Columbia University.
Listen as Todd and Amanda talk with Julia about everything from using Harry Potter to learn about rationality to the Vulcan straw man problem! (You know you need to find out about that one.) Learn about some of the different types of rationality and where they intersect with humanism. It would be tough to hear a conversation about rationality that’s more fun and uplifting than this one!
Todd and Amanda also give an update about what’s going on at Camp Quest this year, including their participation in the upcoming American Humanist Association annual conference, May 30-June 2 in San Diego.
Links from this month’s episode:
- The Center for Applied Rationality
- Camp Quest
- Book: Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief
- Measure of Doubt
- Humanist magazine article, “Uncertainty in Science: It’s a Feature, Not a Bug,” by Julia Galef
Music from this month’s episode (in order of appearance):
- Theme Song: “Sound Scientist” by BILL
- “Love is a Good Thing” by Sheryl Crow