TALK ABOUT IT: Julia Galef is co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, trying to help people make better, more reasonable decisions. In her TED Talk, Galef asks: “What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs, or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?” For most, the answer is the former and Galef traces the motivations for such behavior using “a compelling history lesson from nineteenth-century France.” A history lesson to teach psychology? An idea whose time has come.
EXPOSE YOURSELF: Eli Pariser is the author of The Filter Bubble (2012) about how personalized search engines might be limiting our exposure to novel ideas. When companies like Google tailor your experience on the web, you are less likely to “get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.” Pick up the book or check out his TED Talk. Be sure to follow the link and not look for it through a search engine, or you may not get there.
PLEDGE DELTA: Filmed not far from Portland, at the University of Oregon, Animal House (1978) has even more incomprehensible singing of Louie Louie and the kind of life advice that everyone agrees with. Like this: “Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son.” Why watch it? Why not?!