Julia Galef was born on July 4, 1983, in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. She is the president and co-founder of the Centre for Applied Rationality. She is an also a public speaker and a writer. She speaks on the topics of science, technology, rationality, and design.
She also serves as one of the members of the board of directors of the New York City Skeptics. She also hosts their official podcast called Rationally Speaking since 2010. Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci co-hosts the show. The first episode of their podcast was released on February 1 of 2010. The show hosted conversations and talks with public intellectuals such as Peter Singer, James Randi, Lawrence Krauss and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Besides that, she also blogs on the website Measure of Doubt with her brother.
Galef graduated with a BA in statistics from Columbia University. She joined as the member of the board of directors of the New York City Skeptics in 2010. In 2012 she co-founded and became president of the nonprofit organization called Center for Applied Rationality. The organization gives workshops and training to people which helps them to internalize and make and use strategies based on the principles of rationality on a regular basis and help them to improve their reasoning and decision-making skills and achieve their goals. In the year 2015, she was elected as a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
Galef is a frequent speaker on rationality, and she also moderates debates at skeptic conferences. She gives public lectures to organizations such as the Secular Student Alliance and Center for Inquiry. She was a speaker for the program called Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism.
Julia Galef has often explained about the common confusions and popular misconceptions regarding rationality. She has frequently distinguished "epistemic rationality" from "instrumental rationality." She has described epistemic rationality as a way of reasoning according to the principles of probability theory and logic to form beliefs and conclusions.
In February 2016, Galef delivered a TED talk on, "Why you think you're right — even if you're wrong." There she encouraged critical self-skepticism and prioritized coming to the correct viewpoint using "scout mindset" instead of working to ensure your current viewpoint is seen as correct with a "soldier mindset." The talk was covered in November 2016 by NPR’s TED Radio Hour.
Galef also popularized the concept of incorrect perception about rationality where she described it as a way of thinking which denies emotions such as love and lacks the appreciations for beauty.
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