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Julia Galef

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143 | Julia Galef on Openness, Bias, and Rationality

Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas

Mom, apple pie, and rationality — all things that are unquestionably good, right? But rationality, as much as we might value it, is easier to aspire to than to achieve. And there are more than a few hot takes on the market suggesting that we shouldn’t even want to be rational — that it’s inefficient or maladaptive. Julia Galef is here to both stand up for the value of being rational, and to explain how we can better achieve it. She distinguishes between the “soldier mindset,” where we believe what we’re told about the world and march toward a goal, and the “scout mindset,” where we’re open-minded about what’s out there and always asking questions. She makes a compelling case that all things considered, it’s better to be a scout.Support Mindscape on Patreon.Julia Galef received a BA in statistics from Columbia University. She is currently a writer and host of the Rationally Speaking podcast. She was a co-founder and president of the Center for Applied Rationality. Her new book is The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t.Web siteRationally Speaking podcastNew York magazine profileWikipediaTwitter

1hr 32mins

19 Apr 2021

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Julia Galef: ...why some people see things clearly and others don't

Nobody Told Me!

Have you ever paid much attention to your mindset? Do you wish you had emotional skills, habits and ways of looking at the world that served you better? Our guest on this episode, Julia Galef, says you can learn new ways of looking at the world and you should! Julia is the co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, the host of the podcast, Rationally Speaking, and the author of the new book, The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t. ****** Thanks to our sponsor of this episode! --> AirMedCare: If you're ever in need of emergency medical transport, AirMedCare Network provides members with world class air transport services to the nearest appropriate hospital with no out of pocket expenses. Go to airmedcarenetwork.com/nobody and use offer code 'NOBODY' to sign up and choose up to a $50 eGift Card gift card with a new membership! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

19 Apr 2021

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462. Julia Galef on Spock and Rationality

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy - A Science Fiction Podcast

Interview

1hr

16 Apr 2021

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The Rationalists' Rationale (Robert Wright & Julia Galef)

The Wright Show

Revisiting the Slate Star Codex-New York Times controversy ... Julia’s critique of the Times’ SSC piece ... Disentangling the Rationalists from the “Dark Enlightenment” ... What should "Scott Alexander" have done differently? ... The origins of the Rationalist community ... What is Bayesianism? ... Do the Rationalists overlap with the Intellectual Dark Web? ... Overreacting to neo-reactionaries ... Julia’s forthcoming book, The Scout Mindset ...

1hr

16 Mar 2021

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ICYMI: Julia Galef

Vox Conversations

For this episode of The Ezra Klein Show, we're digging into the archives to share another of our favorites with you!*At least in politics, this is an era of awful arguments. Arguments made in bad faith. Arguments in which no one, on either side, is willing to change their mind. Arguments where the points being made do not describe or influence the positions being held. Arguments that leave everyone dumber, angrier, sadder. Which is why I wanted to talk to Julia Galef this week. Julia is the host of the Rationally Speaking podcast, a co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, and the creator of the Update Project, which maps out arguments to make it easier for people to disagree clearly and productively. Her work focuses on how we think and argue, as well as the cognitive biases and traps that keep us from hearing what we're really saying, hearing what others are really saying, and preferring answers that make us feel good to answers that are true. I first met her at a Vox Conversation conference, where she ran a session helping people learn to change their minds, and it's struck me since then that more of us could probably use that training. In this episode, Julia and I talk about what she's learned about thinking more clearly and arguing better, as well as my concerns that the traditional paths toward a better discourse open up new traps of their own. (As you'll hear, I find it very easy to get lost in all the ways debate and cognition can go awry.) We talk about signaling, about motivated reasoning, about probabilistic debating, about which identities help us find truth, and about how to make online arguments less terrible. Enjoy!Recommended books: Language, Truth, and Logic by A.J. Ayer Seeing Like a State by James Scott The Robot's Rebellion by Keith Stanovich We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 34mins

14 Mar 2019

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Julia Galef and Rob Wiblin on an updated view of the best ways to help humanity

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin

This is a cross-post of an interview Rob did with Julia Galef on her podcast Rationally Speaking. Rob and Julia discuss how the career advice 80,000 Hours gives has changed over the years, and the biggest misconceptions about our views. The topics will be familiar to the most fervent fans of this show ? but we think that if you?ve listened to less than about half of the episodes we've released so far, you?ll find something new to enjoy here. Julia may be familiar to you as the guest on episode 7 of the show, way back in September 2017. The conversation also covers topics like: * How many people should try to get a job in finance and donate their income? * The case for working to reduce global catastrophic risks in targeted ways, and historical precedents for this kind of work * Why reducing risk is a better way to help the future than increasing economic growth * What percentage of the world should ideally follow 80,000 Hours advice? Links to learn more, summary and full transcript. If you?re interested in the cooling and expansion of the universe, which comes up on the show, you should definitely check out our 29th episode with Dr Anders Sandberg. Get this episode by subscribing to our podcast on the world?s most pressing problems and how to solve them: type '80,000 Hours' into any podcasting app. The 80,000 Hours Podcast is produced by Keiran Harris.

56mins

17 Feb 2019

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Julia Galef: Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren't built for truth, and how we can change that

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking

An expert on rationality, judgement, and strategy, Julia Galef notes that "our capacity for reason evolved to serve two very different purposes that are often at odds with each other. On the one hand, reason helps us figure out what’s true; on the other hand, it also helps us defend ideas that are false-but-strategically-useful. I’ll explore these two different modes of thought — I call them “the scout” and “the soldier” — and what determines which mode we default to. Finally, I’ll argue that modern humans would be better off with more scout mode and less soldier mode, and I’ll share some thoughts on how to make that happen.”Galef is founder of the Update Project and hosts the podcast Rationally Speaking.

1hr 32mins

13 Sep 2018

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#7 - Julia Galef on making humanity more rational, what EA does wrong, and why Twitter isn?t all bad

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin

The scientific revolution in the 16th century was one of the biggest societal shifts in human history, driven by the discovery of new and better methods of figuring out who was right and who was wrong. Julia Galef - a well-known writer and researcher focused on improving human judgment, especially about high stakes questions - believes that if we could again develop new techniques to predict the future, resolve disagreements and make sound decisions together, it could dramatically improve the world across the board. We brought her in to talk about her ideas. This interview complements a new detailed review of whether and how to follow Julia?s career path. Apply for personalised coaching, see what questions are asked when, and read extra resources to learn more. Julia has been host of the Rationally Speaking podcast since 2010, co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality in 2012, and is currently working for the Open Philanthropy Project on an investigation of expert disagreements. In our conversation we ended up speaking about a wide range of topics, including: Her research on how people can have productive intellectual disagreements. Why she once planned to become an urban designer. Why she doubts people are more rational than 200 years ago. What makes her a fan of Twitter (while I think it?s dystopian). Whether people should write more books. Whether it?s a good idea to run a podcast, and how she grew her audience. Why saying you don?t believe X often won?t convince people you don?t. Why she started a PhD in economics but then stopped. Whether she would recommend an unconventional career like her own. Whether the incentives in the intelligence community actually support sound thinking. Whether big institutions will actually pick up new tools for improving decision-making if they are developed. How to start out pursuing a career in which you enhance human judgement and foresight. Get free, one-on-one career advice to help you improve judgement and decision-making We?ve helped dozens of people compare between their options, get introductions, and jobs important for the the long-run future. If you want to work on any of the problems discussed in this episode, find out if our coaching can help you: APPLY FOR COACHING Overview of the conversation 1m30s So what projects are you working on at the moment? 3m50s How are you working on the problem of expert disagreement? 6m0s Is this the same method as the double crux process that was developed at the Center for Applied Rationality? 10m Why did the Open Philanthropy Project decide this was a very valuable project to fund? 13m Is the double crux process actually that effective? 14m50s Is Facebook dangerous? 17m What makes for a good life? Can you be mistaken about having a good life? 19m Should more people write books? Read more...

1hr 14mins

13 Sep 2017

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Julia Galef on how to argue better and change your mind more

Vox Conversations

At least in politics, this is an era of awful arguments. Arguments made in bad faith. Arguments in which no one, on either side, is willing to change their mind. Arguments where the points being made do not describe, or influence, the positions being held. Arguments that leave everyone dumber, angrier, sadder. Which is why I wanted to talk to Julia Galef this week. Julia is the host of the Rationally Speaking podcast, a co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, and the creator of the Update Project, which maps out arguments to make it easier for people to disagree clearly and productively. Her work focuses on how we think and argue, as well as the cognitive biases and traps that keep us from hearing what we're really saying, hearing what others are really saying, and preferring answers that make us feel good to answers that are true. I first met her at a Vox Conversation conference, where she ran a session helping people learn to change their minds, and it's struck me since then that more of us could probably use that training. In this episode, Julia and I talk about what she's learned about thinking more clearly and arguing better, as well as my concerns that the traditional paths toward a better discourse open up new traps of their own. (As you'll hear, I find it very easy to get lost in all the ways debate and cognition can go awry.) We talk about signaling, about motivated reasoning, about probabilistic debating, about which identities help us find truth, and about how to make online arguments less terrible. Enjoy! Books: Language, Truth, and Logic by A.J. Ayer Seeing Like a State by James Scott The Robot's Rebellion by Keith Stanovich  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 34mins

25 Jul 2017

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#8 Julia Galef: The Art of Changing Minds

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

On this episode of the Knowledge Project, I discuss rationality, changing minds (our own and others), filtering information, and a lot more with Julia Galef. GO PREMIUM: Support the podcast, get ad-free episodes, transcripts, and so much more: https://fs.blog/knowledge-project-premium/

53mins

20 Feb 2016

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