The phrase “Measure of Doubt” has two meanings. For one, it refers to Russell’s exhortation that we should never take any claim as dogma. But that doesn’t mean that we should treat every claim as equally likely. The second meaning of the phrase, then, is about “measuring” how much doubt, or credence, to place in a theory based on the available evidence.
We think that this title captures our shared goal for this blog: Exploring interesting ideas in the natural sciences, the social sciences, current events, and philosophy, and in the process, learning to recognize biases, logical fallacies, and ways in which language gets in the way of thinking and talking clearly about the world.
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Julia Galef is the president and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, an organization teaching math- and cognitive science-based techniques for effective decision-making. Julia has written about science and rationality for publications including Science, Scientific American, Popular Science, The Philosopher’s Magazine, 3 Quarks Daily, and Slate. In her spare time, she co-hosts the Rationally Speaking Podcast, and gives talks about rationality at universities, organizations, and conferences. Julia received her B.A. in Statistics from Columbia University in 2005. (Read more about Julia on her personal webpage.)
Jesse Galef is the Communications Director with the Secular Student Alliance, a national nonprofit devoted to organizing and supporting nonreligious students. He previously worked for the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association to promote rational public policy and views. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 with a major in political science and a minor in computer science. Jesse has acted as a public representative of secularism and rationality in television, radio, and print media, and is a contributor to the Friendly Atheist blog. In his spare time, Jesse likes to read, breakdance, and play board games.