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"A Reason for Reason" skeptical speaker series, in association with CFI, proudly brings you the future...

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Why a better world tomorrow requires better cognition today

Four decades of cognitive science have confirmed that homo sapiens are far from "rational animals." Scientists have amassed a daunting number of ways that our brains' fast-and-frugal judgment heuristics fail in modern contexts for which they weren't adapted, or stymie our attempts to be happy and effective. Hence the project we're undertaking at the new Center for Applied Rationality (CFAR) -- training human brains to run algorithms that optimize for our interests as autonomous beings in the modern world, not for the interests of ancient replicators. This talk explores what we've learned from that process so far, and why training smart people to be rational decision-makers is crucial to a better future.

About the Speaker:
Julia Galef is the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, an organization teaching math- and cognitive science-based techniques for effective decision making. Julia has written about science and rationality for publications including Science, Scientific American, Popular Science, The Philosopher's Magazine, 3 Quarks Daily, and her personal blog, Measure of Doubt. In her spare time, she co-hosts the Rationally Speaking Podcast, and gives talks about rationality at universities, organizations, and conferences. Julia received her B.A. in Statistics from Columbia University in 2005.

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