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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Worth your time.
Any book that delves into logic or reason and the strange beliefs we have despite access to these tools.
Think it was excellent as is
Definitely, already looking for more of his works.
Enthusiasm. His style was entertaining whilst being educational. Really got us thinking
Great value and thoroughly enjoyable. Interesting subjects which were well handled.
it really felt like a college class. each lecture was full of theory and interesting anecdotes - kept you engaged.
definitely gets you thinking. really useful if you're interested in the scientific process and want to learn about 'real-word' applications for scientific reasoning. he moves very fast, but keeps bringing back material from previous lectures which definitely helps to reinforce the concepts.
Professor Novella gives a clear and interesting view of our mind, how it works and how we fool ourselves into believing what we wish to be true. Also he shows us ways to look at the world to combat wishful thinking and see the world how it is.
Critical Thinking for Dummies would be considerably more in-depth, even if it were only three chapters long.
Prof. Novella is enthusiastic about the subject, but it lacks substance and is much too repetitive. The material is worthwhile but I doubt anyone interested enough in critical thinking to purchase this would be a suitable audience. It is targeted towards people without much by way of critical thinking to begin with...so thirty hours of preaching to the choir.
Every book is worth considering. It's the kind of consideration on what to do with the book that differs.
This series of lectures goes through several logical fallacies and explains how to look at various fields and claims with a healthy criticism. I think it will be useful in practice.
This book moves very fast and covers a lot of topics throwing out logical vocabulary and case studies and clear examples at a super rapid pace. If I did not know all of the stories he was talking about before I read the book I would be very frustrated. He might mention the Orson Wells War of the Worlds Radio Show incident and quickly move on. If you don't already ready know the story than you are out of luck. For us that know this material it is like six books in one. The question might be- why read a book if you know all the material- meh, it's fun, it's healthy to review, it is nice to hear it from a new perspective. But if someone said that he was moving too quickly or not explaining himself enough I would totally understand
Everyone needs to learn and use critical thinking skills, especially today when we are bombarded with piles of information, both valid and BS, and determining one from the other is the difference between being a realist and a crackpot. This course is a comprehensive introduction to:
- How your brain processes, constructs and perceives the world.
- Logical fallacies.
- How to participate in arguments.
- How the scientific method works, and how to interpret it's findings.
- Various tales of conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, science gone wrong and experts gone rogue!
And more. Once you are done, you won't know what to think. You will know HOW to think. I can't recommend this course more: if you have a credit, get this now.
The speaker is well spoken and not boring to listen to. In fact, he has one other TGC lecture on Audible, and I now look forward to listen to that as well.
Although many of the principles and fallacies are valid, the author is not realy a critical thinker at heart in my opinion. It shows from the examples and words he chooses. When he thinks skepticism is valid he calls is skepticism, but when he thinks it is not, he calls it denialism, just like using the word 'authoritive source'. That is just labeling. When he discusses MMR/authism, he says: because of this 1 report 'compliance' of MMR vacine dropped. Why not use the word 'usage' ? Compliance sounds like an authority robot and that is what the author is leaning towards. He does not understand the amount of money driving scientific reserach for vaccines and global warming research and how that affects the outcome of research.
He also complains that media has become too diverse with internet and that caused a loss of an 'authoritive filter'. A bottleneck in the media however makes it extremely simple to manipulate. That aspartane is not toxic because the FDA approved it, and foreign FDA's as well does not prove anything. You do not need a big conspiracy to explain this. The producing companies own all these monopolies through the revolving door circuit. It's like saying the intelligence agencies can't all be wrong about WMD in Iraq. You have to understand the revolving door with gvt's and the military industrial complex. They WERE wrong, all of them and you could understand why if you follow the money and watch the interaction between regulators, industry and academia. What about all those regulators saying the mortage market was fine before 2008? The author would have called me a tinfoil head conspiracy nut if I had told them all these regulators were wrong in 2007 with their AAA ratingson on junkmortgages. No, I was right, because you have to understand the revolving door between industry and regulators and the big pool of tax money they fish in.
To filter the bogus from truth he advises to 'check if the web site has an ideology or is a respected academic gvt agency, bound by transparancy'. How silly does that sound after Edward Snowden?
The Canadian gvt, besides funding 23000 scientist also issued a gag order for them recently. The gvt is a big corporation with a license to kill and steal.
Aother argument he uses is to ask 'if the source is licensed' Licensed by the goverment I assume? What makes this bunch of people invulnerable to base instincts? gvt's killed 200 million people world wide in the 20th century. His reasoning has a single point of failure, which is a giant pool of tax money, collected by a monopoly of violence in every country on earth.
His 911 views will also prove a big spot on this book in hindsight. A complete building, WTC7, falls at free fall speed in it's own foot print, presumably caused by office fires. Any critical thinker with some physics knowledge, can know a big steel re enforced building does not lose structural integrity everywhere, completely all at the same time because of some office fires. You have to be a denialist to think so ;-)
Every war in history started with a false flag.Hitler dressed up prisoners in Polish uniforms and had them attack german radiostations in operation canned goods, to justify 'retaliation'. After what has become known on operation Northwood and operation Gladio, you have to watch all events that call for a retaliation war with extreme skepticism considering the past.
he did construct points and arguments, but his ideas and what he thought was correct was all over the place, (which is something that normal people do). but some of the examples presented were just like what marketers do in order for the people to buy them, like they provide a claim with persuasive speech and a biased view to prove their claim. i would urge any listener to think the arguments presented thru and whether they arrive at the conclusion that is said here. i just found that although some conclusions may be true, and some arguments may be true, but they just dint seem to connect like the sky being blue as a result of sun rising from the east.(explained in the book)
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