Book Schmooze

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

July 18, 2021
Book Schmooze
The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't by Julia Galef
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In this inaugural episode of the Book Schmooze podcast we review the book "The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't" by Julia Galef. Is it RAD or is it WHACK?  Find out by listening to this episode.

Some notes:

-That one time Alexej talked about Expected Utility Theory what he actually meant was Prospect Theory
-It's called "Ideological Turing Test", not hypothetical Turing Test

Awkward intro and What we know about Julia Galef (very little)
Synopsis and a little bit about biases
What is scout mindset?
Synopsis continued and "holding your identity lightly"
Soldier mindset and human evolution
Building beliefs or "Can a scout be racist?"
GAME TIME!! Exploring our own biases, including the importance(?) of check lists
Inner calibration and probabilities
Epistemic confidence vs social confidence: convincing like Jeff Bezos
Keeping an eye out for loss aversion (and less useful biases)
The merits and pitfalls of being certain
Why some people prefer the soldier mindset (because it's comfy)
Remedies for the soldier mindset//DON'T leave our echo chamber
Belonging to a group
GAME TIME!! Ideological Turing test (illegal substance abuse in sports)
GAME TIME!! Ideological Turing test (learning how to speak Turkish)
WRAP UP