Julia Galef is a New York-based writer and public speaker specializing in science, rationality, and design. She serves on the board of directors of the New York City Skeptics, co-hosts their official podcast, Rationally Speaking, and co-writes the blog Rationally Speaking along with philosopher of science Massimo Pigliucci. She has moderated panel discussions at The Amazing Meeting and the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, and gives frequent public lectures to organizations including the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Student Alliance. Julia received her B.A. in statistics from Columbia in 2005.
There’s a danger to learning about cognitive biases and logical fallacies and so on which is that you end up with this tool kit of ways to reject other people’s arguments.
Why do we systematically underestimate the amount of time or money we are going to spend on a given project?
Don’t stop at the first explanation that occurs to you, ask your inner rivals what competing explanations they can come up with.
Think of an argument as a collaboration where the two sides are trying to find the right answer.
When you concede a point, what you're doing is making an investment in your ability to be taken seriously and listened to by people in the future.
You can take your competitive drive and use it to make you more receptive to changing your mind if the evidence warrants it.
A tool to help you consider an argument on its own merits instead of being tainted by your current feelings towards the person making it.
One of the most important things you can do is just accept your need for ego validation.
The Straw Vulcan is a nice trope for Hollywood to use such that Captain Kirk can save the day, but in reality we can't be emotionless.