Tag: Julia Galef

  • The Summit and the Battle

    by Kevin Currie-Knight ____ I won’t shock you when I point out how nasty and unproductive social media arguments often are. I’ve also come to find them repetitive and predictable, which is why I recently wrote about my decision to pare down my already thin presence on social media. Here, I want to think a…

  • Three New Books: Three — How to Keep an Open Mind, edited by Richard Bett

    by Kevin Currie-Knight ____ A friend  of mine posted a meme about how vegans are cultural elitists because they do not take seriously the fact that many societies are dependent on eating animals. Against my better judgment, I chimed in. I pointed out that it isn’t necessarily cultural elitism to see something another culture does…

  • THREE NEW BOOKS: tWO — jULIA GALEF’S “THE SCOUT MINDSET”

    By Kevin Currie-Knight ____ Early in her book, The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t (Portfolio, 2021), Julia Galef comes right out and says: “Motivated reasoning is so fundamental to the way our minds work that it’s almost strange to have a special name for it; perhaps it should just…

  • three new books: One – jesse singal’s, “The Quick Fix”

    by Kevin Currie-Knight ____ Three new books came out in April 2021 that I have been eager to read (Jesse Singal’s The Quick Fix; Julia Galef’s The Scout Mindset; and How to Keep an Open Mind, Richard Bett’s abridged/annotated translation of the works of Sextus Empiricus) Upon having read them, it occurred to me that…

  • Viewpoint Diversity and the Idea of Neutrality

    by Luke Cuddy ___ Neutrality is a Laudable Goal: A Clarification of Viewpoint Diversity Critics of neutrality abound. For one thing, neutrality is boring compared to the hot, partisan take that gets the most clicks. In social settings, people who take the path of least resistance and don’t have an opinion on anything are often…