Why you think you’re right — even if you’re wrong | Julia Galef

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Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: “What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?”

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39 Replies to “Why you think you’re right — even if you’re wrong | Julia Galef”

  1. One of my favourite talks. It's important to have an open mindset to see things as they are. I saw a video of a woman who was supposedly from the CIA on facebook (yes I know, not the most reliable source). She said that when she was in Iraq, the people there believed that they were in the right and that the American soldiers were the terrorists in their country. "At the end of the day, we all believe we're in the right;" she said something along the lines of this. It's always important to look at things from other peoples' perspectives. We never know when we might be hurting someone.

  2. This comment section is appalling. Truly. But anyways, that aside, this is something I've given a lot of thought to lately. Between keeping up with politics and debating with both atheists and Christians online, I've come to realize either scouts are really rare, or they're all in hiding.

  3. Exactly the same happens with the stereotypes that people try to implement on islam, that are completely far from truth but it doesn't matter since it's been planted to the other side that they are the enemy and all of they're words are lies, so a soldier mindset will not care about right or wrong but will forever try to righten his ideas and wrong the others side's ideas.

  4. Well crafted presentation. I wonder if you thought it is a good Ted talk with all ingredients for success? Or you really believe your conclusion. Either way explain to me this. You like billions of other people for over a century have watched and enjoyed beautiful firework. All have seen at end of rocket rise in the night sky the real fire work get ignited. You see speck of light rapidly expanding spherically to large glob of light. The simplest way illustrating a small amount of mass converting into energy. The volume of that Glob of light will be 4/3 pi radius cubed . Being glob of light the radius become C. since every one accept mass and energy are equivalent. This make formula to be E= M4/3pi(C cubed). Then why you and billion others believe it to be E=MC2 and wasting billions of dollar looking for missing mass like dark matter?. Why when I point to science error they bring up religion? Mankind do not know structure of photon. they are too stupid to ask. When they do they will see photon is (C+G) then correct mass/energy formula become E = M4/3pi(C+G) Cubed by Ferydoon Shirazi. MG1