I’m the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, CA, devoted to developing, testing, and training people in strategies for reasoning and decision-making.

On the side, I host the Rationally Speaking Podcast, a biweekly show featuring conversations about science and philosophy.

I sometimes write for Slate, Science, Scientific American, Popular Science, The Philosophers’ Magazine, 3 Quarks Daily and Less Wrong. And I give talks at universities, companies and conferences — get in touch with me if you’d like to invite me to speak.

The problem I’m most interested in is how to change one’s mind. Starting from the premise that every human being is at least a little wrong about many things that matter — in our careers, or about health, science, politics, our self-image, and more — we should in theory be updating our views frequently as we learn more about the world. In practice, however, our opinions ossify.

What I’m working on are ways to make “updating” a more natural process: how do you sift through the masses of information on a topic and hone in on the trustworthy sources? How do you notice the assumptions you’re making and test them? And how do you overcome the natural urge to dismiss evidence that challenges your worldview?






Julia Galef homepage