Summary of Why You Think You’re Right – Even If You’re Wrong
Defending beliefs in the face of contradictory evidence isn’t a virtue. It impairs your judgment.
Defending your beliefs as vehemently as a soldier protects a territory positions new ideas or conflicting data as the enemy. Reasoning expert Julia Galef suggests adopting a scout mind-set to survey the world objectively rather than defensively. Using the Dreyfus affair as a cautionary tale, Galef shows what happens when you apply “motivated reasoning” instead of seeing what’s in front of you without bias. getAbstract embraces this talk as a welcome reminder to keep an open mind and resist demonizing those with different beliefs.
In this summary, you will learn
- What the “soldier mind-set” and the “scout mind-set” entail,
- How these mind-sets affect the way people process information and make judgments, and
- How the Dreyfus affair serves as a cautionary tale.
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