Julia Galef – The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t

The Michael Shermer Show | 21 August 2021 | 1h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses how to think more rationally; her scout mindset metaphor; how the empirical claims of things like climate science and vaccines compare with religious, political, or ideological beliefs; implicit racism; and the value of being able to describe your opponent’s view to their satisfaction.

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Julia Galef on Spock and Rationality

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy | 16 April 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses rational thinking; how to distinguish epistemic confidence from social confidence; the status quo bias; the outsider test; and her analysis of Star Trek episodes that show that Spock was no paragon of rationality – with a poor prediction track record and an abject failure to update his approach.

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Maria Konnikova on Poker, Psychology, and Reason

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 22 June 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Maria Konnikova about her book The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win. Backgrounds her path from a PhD in psychology, to writing, to learning about poker for the book, to becoming a successful tournament poker player. Discusses what poker can teach us about rational thinking and human psychology.

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Julia Galef – Soldiers and Scouts

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking | 12 September 2018 | 1h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Long Now presentation by Julia Galef setting out why our minds weren’t built for truth and how we can change that. Our capacity for reason evolved to serve two very different purposes that are often at odds with each other. Reason helps us figure out what’s true; but it also helps us defend ideas that are false-but-strategically-useful. Explores these two different modes of thought and what determines which mode we default to.

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