Why you think you're right, even if you're wrong

November 1, 2017

In her TED talk, Julia describes the ' scout mindset'. According to her, these types of people can deal better with changes and objective arguing, and they don't believe in a right or wrong. This mindset seems very helpful when looking at complex situations where people have their biases and a complex question is to be solved in a group.

 

"Why are some people, sometimes at least, able to cut through their own prejudices and biases and motivations and just try to see the facts and the evidence as objectively as they can? And the answer is emotional." 

 

"So, just as soldier mindset is rooted in emotions like defensiveness or tribalism, scout mindset is, too. It's just rooted in different emotions. For example, scouts are curious. They're more likely to say they feel pleasure when they learn new information or an itch to solve a puzzle. They're more likely to feel intrigued when they encounter something that contradicts their expectations. Scouts also have different values. They're more likely to say they think it's virtuous to test your own beliefs, and they're less likely to say that someone who changes his mind seems weak. And above all, scouts are grounded, which means their self-worth as a person isn't tied to how right or wrong they are about any particular topic. So they can believe that capital punishment works. If studies come out showing that it doesn't, they can say, "Huh. Looks like I might be wrong. Doesn't mean I'm bad or stupid.""

 

Source: TED talk by Julia Galef

 

 

 

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