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ESP Biography

SELWIN GEORGE, Aspiring rationalist

Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! I'm interested in AI, game theory, and philosophy, and I'm probably teaching something loosely related to these topics. Come by! I promise you'll learn at least one tangible idea that you can implement right away in your daily life.

Past Classes

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S7218: How to Actually Change Your Mind in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
"Nobody is open-minded these days. Except me, I'm open-minded. Also all the people that agree with me, they seem pretty open-minded, too." As the title of the course implies, the feeling of open-mindedness is substantially different from open-mindedness itself. Even worse, the former tends to both be more pleasurable and require less work than the latter. Come learn how to overcome the neurological processes that nudge us toward bad beliefs, make us blind to counterevidence, and keep us from changing our minds when we really should.

L6844: Beliefs, Reality, and the Space in Between in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Predictably enough, our "Stone-Age" brains tend to perform less than perfectly when faced with 21st century realities. Locating truth is a tall order as is, but accurately translating our sense-data into beliefs is often times a taller one. This course will introduce common cognitive biases, insubstantial beliefs, bad explanations, and techniques for detecting them even when they lie low.