Julia Galef: Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren’t built for truth, and how we can change that - The Long Now

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    Julia Galef is President and Co-Founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, an organization teaching cognitive science-based techniques for effective decision making. She also serves on the board of directors of the New York City Skeptics, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting critical thinking and science education, and co-hosts their official podcast, Rationally Speaking along with Massimo Piggliuci. Galef has written for Scientific American, Religion Dispatches, Rationally Speaking, as well as her own Measure of Doubt blog and has been featured in Forbes among other publications.

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    Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: "What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?"

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    The Topic: Bayes’ Theorem

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    We don’t treat all of our beliefs equally.

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    In this episode you will learn from two experts in reasoning how to apply a rule from the 1700s called Bayes’ Theorem not only to numbers you can plug into formulas, but also to the beliefs you carry around in order to make sense of the world.

    Julia Galef is the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, a non-profit organization that training people and organization to make better decisions. She is also the host of the Rationally Speaking Podcast and has written for Slate, Science, Scientific American, and Popular Science.

    Neil A. Manson is a philosopher and professor who teaches at the University of Mississippi. He teaches logic, philosophy, religion, philosophy of science, and medical ethics. His research concerns the design argument, and he assembled an anthology on the topic titled: God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science.

    In the show, Manson explains the math side of Bayes’ Theorem, and Galef tells us how Bayes’ Theorem makes it possible to see all of your beliefs as being in “grayscale,” as neither black nor white, neither 0 nor 100 percent, but always somewhere in between, as a shade of gray reflecting your confidence in just how wrong you might be given the evidence at hand.

    In every episode, after I read a bit of self delusion news, I taste a cookie baked from a recipe sent in by a listener/reader. That listener/reader wins a signed copy of my new book, “You Are Now Less Dumb,” and I post the recipe on the YANSS Pinterest page. This episode’s winner is Andreas von Normann who submitted a recipe for Navette Provencale cookies. Send your own recipes to david {at} youarenotsosmart.com.

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