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. By immersing yourself in the science of cognitive biases and critical thinking, and by learning how to think about thinking (a practice known as metacognition), you'll gain concrete lessons for doing so more critically, more intelligently, and more successfully.
The key to successful critical thinking lies in understanding the neuroscience behind how our thinking works - and goes wrong; avoiding common pitfalls and errors in thinking, such as logical fallacies and biases; and knowing how to distinguish good science from pseudoscience. Professor Novella tackles these issues and more, exploring how the (often unfamiliar) ways in which our brains are hardwired can distract and prevent us from getting to the truth of a particular matter.
Along the way, he provides you with a critical toolbox that you can use to better assess the quality of information. Even though the world is becoming more and more saturated information, you can take the initiative and become better prepared to make sense of it all with this intriguing course.
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Some interesting and informative lecture material but mostly a very uninteresting shotgun approach to critical thinking. I found myself getting bored with it and the applause before and after lectures is laughable as it is obvious there is no actual audience.
I found this narrator a tough listen.
I would describe this as 11 hours and 56 minutes of talking points, with most of the underlying supporting research and references left out. You will get a lot of good cocktail party conversation out of this, but you will have to do your own research if you are going to make any kind of informed judgment as to the potential validity of what is being presented.
The title of this presentation is way off the mark. If you are looking for Effective Communication Skills technique, you need to look elsewhere.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to and my favourite so far of The Great Courses
Professor Novella is easy to listen to, simplifies topics so they are understandable without 'dumbing it down' for his audience.
Everyone should to listen to this and use these tools of critical thinking in everyday life.
Inconsistent, but overall a decent listen. Don't pay full price if you can.
The speaker was knowledgeable, but at times would rush through the more interesting sections, leaving me wanting more. Like he mentioned big foot what felt like 50 times, but then basically raps through the super interesting section on marketing. He also came across as borderline unlikable, and pretty condescending, so having him in your ear for 20 hours is taxing.
absolutely loved this audio book. Steven did a wonderful job narrating this well thought out guide to critical thinking covering a wide variety of logical short coming and things to pay attention to in thought and conversation. I will be listening to this book again!
Dr Novella has been delighting many a skeptic and critical thinker for years on "The Skeptics Guide to the Universe" but this on depth review of the process of critical thinking and some of the minds thinking biases is a most appreciated and necessary addition to the thinkers tool box!
This lecture series is provocative and challenging. The speaker does not shy away from several sacred cow subjects and does an excellent job explaining the difference why scientific thinking and mystical explanations are exclusive trains of thought. While he does not condemn mystecism outright he does force the issue gently into the students psyche one lecture at a time. By the end of the series the student will have the basic tools necessary to think critically.
This book is one of the best critical thinking books available. The lectures are well delivered and easy to follow. I would recommend this book highly!
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