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  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
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    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    K-Rock says: "Common sense guide to skepticism"
    "This is terrible"
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    What disappointed you about Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

    I'm surprised to have a course on Critical Thinking taught in such a structureless way. The professor seems to just jump from in the following form: fact (sometimes unsubstantiated) -> anecdote -> anecdote -> anecdote, etc. If you think critically about what he is teaching you realize he is not supporting his teaching the way he suggests people should insist facts are supported in their own lives.


    Has Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'll give others a try.


    What didn’t you like about Professor Steven Novella’s performance?

    We've all seen movies or TV shows with the stereotypical dorky professor and Steven Novella is that professor. He's dry, boring and adds nothing to the material that he is delivering. I get the sense of someone in a white lab coat who has not left his lab in years and has no idea of how what he is teaching might be applicable in the real world.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The topic is interesting. Perhaps if any of the material is new to you, you will have a different impression of it that I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Courses claims they find top professors to lecture for their course. This cannot be the best there is. I have seen better and I could do better.

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