The Scout Mindset by Julia Galef audiobook

The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't

By Julia Galef
Read by Julia Galef

Penguin Audio
Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    Available on 02/02/2021

    ISBN: 9781984887467

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. In The Scout Mindset, Galef shows that what makes scouts better at getting things right isn't that they're smarter or more knowledgeable than everyone else. It's a handful of emotional skills, habits, and ways of looking at the world--which anyone can learn. With fascinating examples ranging from how to survive being stranded in the middle of the ocean, to how Jeff Bezos avoids overconfidence, to how superforecasters outperform CIA operatives, to Reddit threads and modern partisan politics, Galef explores why our brains deceive us and what we can do to change the way we think.

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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. In The Scout Mindset, Galef shows that what makes scouts better at getting things right isn't that they're smarter or more knowledgeable than everyone else. It's a handful of emotional skills, habits, and ways of looking at the world--which anyone can learn. With fascinating examples ranging from how to survive being stranded in the middle of the ocean, to how Jeff Bezos avoids overconfidence, to how superforecasters outperform CIA operatives, to Reddit threads and modern partisan politics, Galef explores why our brains deceive us and what we can do to change the way we think.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Scout Mindset is essential reading for understanding how the stories we tell ourselves sacrifice better decision-making in the long-term for a short-term boost to our egos…A must-read for anyone looking be more rational in their choices. Annie Duke, author of Thinking in Bets
Drawing on her extensive knowledge of the scientific literature and of popular culture, Julia Galef explores the remarkable human capacity for self-deception—and shows us how we can catch ourselves in the act of fooling ourselves. Philip Tetlock, author of Superforecasting
The Scout Mindset offers an insightful, entertaining, and genuinely useful guide to thinking more clearly. Don Moore, author of Perfectly Confident
Julia Galef is one of the smartest and most interesting thinkers in the world. If you read this superb book, you will think and see more clearly, and be a wiser human being. Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections
Julia Galef is an intellectual leader of the rationalist community, and in The Scout Mindset you will find an engaging, clearly written distillation of her very important accumulated wisdom on these topics. Tyler Cowen, author of Big Business and The Great Stagnation
I find myself quoting Julia in my writing again and again, because no one explains thinking and rationality better than she does. The ideas in The Scout Mindset have been stuck in my head ever since I watched her TED Talk. The Scout Mindset is a lens, and once you're looking through it, the world makes a lot more sense. Tim Urban, co-founder of “Wait But Why
Julia Galef doesn't simply harangue us for not thinking clearly; she diagnoses why we do it, and suggests concrete ways to improve our rationality. This is a book that will make a real difference in how you think. Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden
We know a lot about how flawed human reasoning is, but surprisingly little about how to repair it in our daily lives. Thankfully, Julia Galef is here to change that. With insights that are both sharp and actionable, her book picks up where Predictably Irrational left off. Reading it will teach you to think more clearly, see yourself more accurately, and be wrong a little less often. Adam Grant, author of Originals and Give and Take, host of WorkLife podcast

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Author Bio: Julia Galef

Author Bio: Julia Galef JULIA GALEF is the cofounder and president of the Center for Applied Rationality. She has run workshops around the world and for many of Silicon Valley's top tech companies including Facebook, Dropbox, and Twitter. She and the Center for Applied Rationality have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Discover, and Harper's. She has written for Slate, Scientific American, and Popular Science. She hosts the popular Rationally Speaking podcast, where she has hosted thinkers such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sean Carroll, Phil Tetlock, and Paul Bloom.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Audience: Adult
Language: English