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The scout mindset : why some people see things clearly and others don't / Julia Galef.

Galef, Julia, (author.).


"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"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780735217553
  • ISBN: 0735217556
  • ISBN: 9780593189269
  • ISBN: 0593189264
  • Physical Description: xiv, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Portfolio / Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part I. The case for scout mindset. Two types of thinking -- What the soldier is protecting -- Why truth is more valuable than we realize -- Part II. Developing self-awareness. Signs of a scout -- Noticing bias -- How sure are you? -- Part III. Thriving without illusions. Coping with reality -- Motivation without self-deception -- Influence without overconfidence -- Part IV. Changing your mind. How to be wrong -- Lean in to confusion -- Escape your echo chamber -- Part V. Rethinking identity. How beliefs become identities -- Hold your identity lightly -- A scout identity.
Subject: Cognition.
Critical thinking.
Critical thinking.

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