An expert on rationality, judgement, and strategy, Julia Galef notes that "our 
capacity for reason evolved to serve two very different purposes that are often 
at odds with each other.  On the one hand, reason helps us figure out what’s 
true; on the other hand, it also helps us defend ideas that are 
false-but-strategically-useful.  I’ll explore these two different modes of 
thought — I call them “the scout” and “the soldier” — and what determines which 
mode we default to.  Finally, I’ll argue that modern humans would be better off 
with more scout mode and less soldier mode, and I’ll share some thoughts on how 
to make that happen.”

Julia Galef founded the Update Project, sits on the board of the New York City 
Skeptics, and hosts the podcast "Rationally Speaking."

"Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren't built for truth, and how we can 
change that," Julia Galef, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, 7pm, 
Wednesday, September 12.  The show starts promptly at 7:30pm.

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