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

Thoughts: In The Scout Mindset, Julia Galef first outlines how humans often reason in ways that don’t lead to an accurate conception of how the world works, and why, while these patterns of reasoning may have been adaptive in our evolutionary past, having an accurate model of the reality is becoming more and more valuable in modern life. She then suggests a range of practical strategies to move past these habits of motivated reasoning. Clear, succinct, engaging, and packed with valuable advice, I can hardly recommend this book highly enough.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering.)

Galef, Julia. 2021. The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t. Portfolio.

Part I: The Case for Scout Mindset

Chapter 1: Two Types of Thinking

Chapter 2: What the Soldier is Protecting

Chapter 3: Why Truth is More Valuable Than We Realize

Part II: Developing Self-Awareness

Chapter 4: Signs of a Scout

Chapter 5: Noticing Bias

Chapter 6: How Sure Are You?

Part III: Thriving Without Illusions

Chapter 7: Coping with Reality

Chapter 8: Motivation without Self-Deception

Chapter 9: Influence without Overconfidence

Part IV: Changing Your Mind

Chapter 10: How to Be Wrong

Chapter 11: Lean in to Confusion

Chapter 12: Escape Your Echo Chamber

Part V: Rethinking Identity

Chapter 13: How Beliefs Become Identities

Chapter 14: Hold Your Identity Lightly

Chapter 15: A Scout Identity

Posted: Sep 26, 2021. Last updated: Sep 26, 2021.