The Art of Changing Minds: My Conversation With Julia Galef [The Knowledge Project Ep. #8]

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On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I talk rationality, changing minds (our own and others), filtering information, the role of intuition, and a lot more with Julia Galef.

Galef is the President and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California, devoted to developing, testing and training people in strategies for reasoning and decision making.

She also hosts the Rationally Speaking podcast, a biweekly show featuring conversations about science and philosophy.

This is a topic I could talk about for hours, so we wasted no time at all. In this discussion, we cover a lot of ground, including:

  • What happened when Julia was 7 years old that first sparked a lifelong interest in good argument
  • The one thing her parents did that helps her keep an open mind to new evidence even when she might be wrong
  • The two types of rationality and how they both affect the way we view reality and the world we live in
  • Why she co-founded the Center for Applied Rationality and how they are changing the way people think about problems and make decisions
  • The role intuition plays in our decision-making process, (and when we can trust it to take over)
  • What the strengths and weaknesses of the 2 systems of our brain are and how they interact to help us function
  • The two-step process to changing minds (both your own and others’)
  • Julia’s tips on how to process the daily deluge of available information with a more rational mind

And a lot more …

If you’ve ever wished you could wave a hand like a Jedi to change someone’s mind, listening to this episode would be a good place to start.

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