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This week Derek spends some time talking with Julia Galef, the president of the Center for Applied Rationality, (CFAR). Along with her impressive work heading up an entire think tank dedicated to rational thinking, she also is the co-host of the popular podcast, 'Rationally Speaking' along with Massimo Pigliucci. Find out more about how something like CFAR came to be, and how Julia and her group and aiming to spread critical thinking to the masses.
Show Notes

– Date – October 8th, 2013
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Interview: Julia Galef [13:00]
– Part of the NYC Skeptics.
– Was introduced to the Skeptic community through NECSS.
– Now is the co-host of 'Rationally Speaking' with Massimo.
– Through funding she, and some others co-founded CFAR to promote rationality.
– She has spoken about how her parents raised her and how it lead her to become so rational.
– She and here brother have done some YouTube videos about how their parents raised them to be critical thinkers.
Jesse Galef is her brother, another important figure in critical thought who works with SSA.
– No, Atheism is NOT a religion, nor do they eat babies.
– She was a statistics major in school, a little attended major in college.
– Her cool video about Bayes' rule, Derek used to do AI programming which involved a lot of bayesian network use.
– The Bayes networks look like big, satisfying, flow charts.
– CFAR came about when Julia, and others decided that there needed to be a way to train people to become more rational.
– Julia attributes some of the success of CFAR to the atmosphere of the San Francisco Bay Area.
– Julia has a talk she often gives about the 'Straw Vulcan'.
– In the book 'Spocks World' it shows that Vulcans are NOT rational and train themselves to battle against their irrationality.
– CFAR's website is
– You can e-mail her if you want to get involved.
– You can also apply directly on the CFAR website for workshops or look at their calendar of events.

Outro Music [48:05]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.

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