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.

The Scout Mindset with Julia Galef

Venture Stories | 4 April 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses why everyone, including entrepreneurs, should want to see reality more clearly; the fact that the bottleneck to more rationality is not lack of knowledge, but lack of motivation to see the world as it really is; why the “soldier mindset” is the default mindset and why signalling keeps it that way; why thinking probabilistically has a calming psychological effect; how to adopt the scout mindset by thinking in bets, considering what you’d do if another person was in your shoes, and noticing where you’re defensive of your beliefs; how to get your organization to adopt a scout mindset; her thoughts on changing minds with mistake theory versus conflict theory; and the evolution of the rationality space over time.