Happy Friday! 😄
As some of you might have noticed, I’ve started publishing again! It’s for real. I’ll publish an essay on cognitive science, social epistemology, psychology, philosophy - something like that - each Friday from now on. ✍
I’ve quit Medium (which seems to be dying?), my PhD is coming to a close, and I put a lot of work in researching what I write. So, like many other writers, I ask a small contribution in exchange for access to the content and the community. 🙏
Today’s essay contrasts two views on effective means to gain better beliefs.
Many ﬁelds of study have shown that group discussion generally improves reasoning performance for a wide range of tasks. Yet many people grossly underestimate the beneﬁts of argumentation for reasoning. They instead think solitary reflection by very wise people such as philosopher-kings is a more effective way to find the truth. I explore the research refuting this common intuition in this week’s post: People Have Wrong Intuitions about the Efficacy of Group Discussion Vs. Solitary Reflection.