The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t 

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The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t*

By Julia Galef 

Portfolio, 2021 

287 Pages 

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This book helps the reader think through two different ways of reacting to the world. The first is the soldier mindset, in which we are defending a position and our goal is to win. This usually means, in this context, to win an argument or guard a viewpoint. The second viewpoint is that of a scout. A scout’s job is to see the situation for what it truly is, not in light of a position already taken. It is an attempt to be objective and present the truth no matter the cost. The author presents this framework and spends most of the book explaining how one can achieve the ‘scout mindset.’  

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