Great explanation of our different thinking processes by Julia Galef. Readers who listen to the Rationally Speaking podcast will recognise her.
She describes the two different mindsets we have when approaching problems – calling them the “Warrior mindset” and the “Scout mindset. Motivated reasoning which is so widespread is a strong feature of the “Warrior mindset.” While this may spur people to action it is not a good way of solving problems.
I like the way Julia brings out the fundamental role of emotions in determining mindsets – and the way different people approach problems.
So some good advice from her is to encourage emotions related to curiosity, the desire to understand and the ability to be proud about changing one’s mind and not defensive about retaining beliefs.