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Julia Galef

The Scout Mindset

by Julia Galef

The Scout Mindset

Julia Galef

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The Scout Mindset explores the unconscious biases that drive us into defensive thinking and teaches us how to look at the world in a way that prioritizes seeking the truth over feeling right.

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The Scout Mindset

by Julia Galef

The Scout Mindset

Julia Galef

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How do you question the accuracy of your belief system, the validity of your opinions, and the truth of your biases when you can't help defending them in the face of conflict? If listening to multiple views can broaden our perspective, then why do we get more attached to our beliefs every time someone on social media disagrees with us?

Julia Galef is the co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality and the host of the Rationally Speaking podcast. According to Galef, we avoid conflict because we identify ourselves with our beliefs, and when we see our beliefs being challenged, we naturally try to defend them. But there is a different way to look at the world.

In The Scout Mindset, Galef unveils the reasons we lose our sense of the big picture in times of conflict. Instead of following a 'soldier mindset' that jumps at every opportunity to destroy a piece of criticism perceived as an attack, we should adopt a scout mindset that opens up our mind to new ideas and perspectives in an earnest search for information.

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"If directionally motivated reasoning is like being a soldier fighting off threatening evidence, accuracy motivated reasoning is like being a scout forming a map of the strategic landscape. What's beyond that next hill? Is that a bridge over the river or are my eyes deceiving me?"

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