“The first rule is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.” — Richard Feynman, Physicist
There are lots of fancy words uttered these days about truth, but almost all of them aren’t in the spirit of actually searching for truth. Instead we bludgeon our political foes with what we want to convince ourselves is true, extracted from the sources we want to believe and already agree with. Granted, there’s an awful lot of lying afoot — including by hostile foreign powers who know the lying works to make us hate each other — but the more we become a reactionary response to lying, the more like the liars we become. In the spirit of “darkness cannot put out darkness, only light can do that” we say it’s past time to become better practitioners of art of humbly testing our own views against truth.
To guide us on our journey, we’ll be joined by the author of “The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t,” Julia Galef. Before you get all excited though, this isn’t about what “those people” are doing wrong, rather about the ways we fool ourselves into being just so gosh darn sure that we’re right (and we don’t need you to help us figure it out, thank you very much). We hope you’ll join us for a romp out in the fresh air amid all the political toxic smog.
(Because we’re The Village Square, we’ll also consider whether we could stand to be a little less narrowly concerned with fact and truth and a little more concerned with wisdom.) More coming soon about this program.