by Julia Galef

A better way to combat knee-jerk biases and make smarter decisions, from Julia Galef, the acclaimed expert on rational decision-making.

When it comes to what we believe, humans see what they want to see. In other words, we have what Julia Galef calls a “soldier” mindset. From tribalism and wishful thinking, to rationalizing in our personal lives and everything in between, we are driven to defend the ideas we most want to believe—and shoot down those we don’t.

But if we want to get things right more often, argues Galef, we should train ourselves to have a “scout” mindset. Unlike the soldier, a scout’s goal isn’t to defend one side over the other. It’s to go out, survey the territory, and come back with as accurate a map as possible. Regardless of what they hope to be the case, above all, the scout wants to know what’s actually true.

Author’s Interview

Rationally Speaking Podcast


Interview with the Author

Julia Galef on the Scout Mindset
5/17/21         68 min

The Realignment
121 | Julia Galef: The Path to Thinking Better with the Scout Mindset
4/29/21          64 min

The Michael Shermer Show
202. Julia Galef – The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t
8/21/21       107 min

Modern Wisdom
#332 – Julia Galef – Learn To Improve Your Decision Making
6/10/21         57 min

The Weeds 
Think like a scout
4/17/21           68 min

The Jordan Harbinger Show
536: Julia Galef | Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t
7/20/21        76 min

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape
143 | Julia Galef on Openess, Bias, and Rationality
4/19/21         93 min

Conversations with Coleman 
How to Think with Julia Galef [S2 Ep.13]5/6/21           87 min

Village Global’s Venture Stories
The Scout Mindset with Julia Galef
4/4/21         56 min

The Neoliberal Podcast
The Scout Mindset ft. Julia Galef
5/25/21        69 min


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