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  • 1.  Opportunity: Join the HxLibraries book club for a free copy of Julia Galef's THE SCOUT MINDSET

    Posted 16 days ago
    Edited by Sarah Hartman-Caverly 16 days ago
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    You––yes, you!––are cordially invited to join HxLibraries, a Heterodox Academy community, for a two-part discussion of Julia Galef's The Scout Mindset, culminating in a keynote address from Galef herself. 
    Follow this link to register and claim your free copy of The Scout Mindset: https://tinyurl.com/HxLCommunityRead2022

    Too often we are driven by motivated reasoning to rationalize our beliefs, even mistaken ones, to protect our egos or make ourselves socially desirable. We defend our beliefs as a soldier might, in fierce and uncompromising ways. But this can lead to cognitive distortions and unsound judgments. If we want to be wrong less often, if we want to understand the world as it really exists, we must instead cultivate what Galef calls scout mindset, "the motivation to see things as they are, not as you wish they were." 
    Scout mindset comprises a number of techniques, dispositions, and habits of mind that anyone can learn. By reading this book and discussing its contents with other would-be scouts, you'll improve your ability to reason and persuade. You'll learn how to marshal the best evidence in support of your claims and identify the cognitive biases that often thwart our best efforts to think rationally. And you'll do all of this for free! There's no charge to attend the book club, and the first 300 registrants will receive a free eBook of The Scout Mindset
    We'll gather for facilitated book discussion on Thursday, 6/30 at 4pm EST, and participate in online engagements throughout the following week. Julia Galef will give her keynote address on Thursday, July 7th at 4pm EST. Don't wait; register today! 
    The inaugural HxLibraries Community Read is supported in full by Heterodox Academy. The ability for HxA to provide Grants for HxCommunities events and other activities is made possible in full through the support of the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed at these events (or through such activities) are those of the individual Grantees, organizers, speakers, presenters, and attendees of such events/activities and do not necessarily reflect the views of Heterodox Academy and/or the John Templeton Foundation.


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    Sarah Hartman-Caverly
    Reference & Instruction Librarian
    Penn State Berks Campus Thun Library
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  • 2.  RE: Opportunity: Join the HxLibraries book club for a free copy of Julia Galef's THE SCOUT MINDSET

    Posted 5 days ago
    Last call for participants in the HxLibraries Community Read with author Julia Galef and her book, The Scout Mindset!
    Join us for a free ebook copy of The Scout Mindset, a facilitated discussion on Thurs. 6/30 at 4pm eastern, and a week of guided self-reflection and online engagements, all concluded by a keynote from Julia Galef on Thurs. 7/7 at 4pm eastern. Resources for the community read are now available online.
    Sound fun? Register here for your free e-copy of The Scout Mindset and access to the online discussion and keynote!

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    Sarah Hartman-Caverly
    Reference & Instruction Librarian
    Penn State Berks Campus Thun Library
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