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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A Great listen to get the brain cells into gear.
Open the mind to open your eyes.
Sometimes we live in a dark world this book will open up your world.
Go back and re listen some of the lectures and pick up on even more knowledge.
In the top 5 audiobooks. This audiobook has an incredible amount of great concepts for the critical thinker. This audiobook should be required for every aspiring scientist, engineer, and general analytical thinker.
I loved the entire collection of chapters for this series. Dr Novella does an excellent job of introducing a new concept in each chapter and then later expands upon those concepts in subsequent chapters. Excellent progression for the listener.
Dr Novella is a very good speaker. He is articulate and coherent. He takes time to introduce new concepts at an appropriate pace.
I have already started listening to this series a 2nd time. It is definitely an audiobook that I will re-listen to over and over again.
The author of this course just put together very nicely everything that i stand for and the philosophy of my way of thinking is unbelievable to find something so close to you. I think everyone in this planet should listened to it.
Words to live by: "Pursue knowledge from the crib to the coffin." This is an Arabic adage I was taught as a child. Go on learning!
Even if you think you are a critical thinker, you should read /listen to this book. You'll reinforce your inner skeptic and possibly improve your critical thinking. To me, this book was a great listen, and I will review it periodically.
Again, Bravo! for a job well done!
This is more lecture than story. But it was exactly what I wanted. It helped me examine the way I process information and gave me better tools to use when filtering the massive flow of information around me.
If you have read, even very briefly, about critical thinking and logical fallacies, then this series is pretty much a repetition of what you know seasoned with some scientific terms. If you are frustrated frequently because you know that other people are drawing wrong conclusions in their arguments, then this course will not provide you with anything new.
It gives good examples and concepts. But those are ancillary.
There is no print version, it is a series of lectures
I haven't read anything that compare's to this audio-book as this is my first text in critical thinking
Well spoken. Easy to follow.
Towards the end he ties together many of the concepts described throughout the book in a way that makes critical thinking very applicable to everyday life.
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