Overcoming our propensity to want to be right

What’s the difference between a scout and a soldier?

It’s all about their mindset, explains Julia Galef in her February 2016 TED talk. And it’s in this fundamental distinction that we uncover the key to good judgement. Intelligence doesn’t have much to do with it. Nor is it about winning an argument to show (or justify) why your belief is correct. Instead, it’s about the endless pursuit of trying to see the world as clearly as we possibly can.

As Galef says,

“It’s the drive not to make one idea win or another lose, but just to see what’s really there as honestly and accurately as you can, even if it’s not pretty or convenient or pleasant.”

Take a listen. Some real gems to think about.


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