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Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills | [The Great Courses]

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

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.
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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. 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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Yon 12-02-14
    Yon 12-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    Most of this stuff I already knew intuitively but it was nice to have it spelled out. I can't say there were any groundbreaking insights I gained because I'm a pretty skeptical person in general but I think the material is very important and worth-while for anyone.

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    Seven San Francisco, CA 11-05-14
    Seven San Francisco, CA 11-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills in three words, what would they be?

    Worth your time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is engaging and educational.


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    I love this lecture series, though I do find it a little disconcerting that every session begins and ends with the exact same applause track.

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    ou812gregg 10-25-14
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    "very lmformative and interesting."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommed. Good insight into how we think and perceive our surroundings and other people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

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    Which scene was your favorite?

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    Better than most great courses.

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    Kurt Emery Matson 10-22-14
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    "Critical thinking skills - Theory to application."
    What made the experience of listening to Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills the most enjoyable?

    Clear english, with thoughtful repetition and little fluff. Enjoyable topic.


    What other book might you compare Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills to and why?

    It reminds me of reasoning taught in undergraduate philosophy.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Steven Novella – was your favorite?

    Not applicable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    Practical.

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    Greg 10-15-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listened to the audiobook awhile ago, so the material isn't fresh in my mind, but I will try my best to review it. I definitely would recommend this to my friends, and any other member of the human race, specifically. Some of the key terms have faded from memory, but the good news is, the modes of thinking have largely stayed with me. If I wasn't skeptical and reasonable before, these lectures have undoubtedly sharpened these faculties to the point where it's developed into more of a science, as opposed to what previously felt like guesswork. These broad stroke lectures are applicable to anyone who values truth. They offer the equipment necessary to navigate in a world often shrouded by smoke screens.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

    The most memorable moment for me was when the professor explains what's called the availability heuristic. I've always thought of this phenomenon but never knew quite how to conceptualize it. He often illuminates phenomena that are right under our noses, but that our brains seem to innately struggle with. He's essentially teaching us how to process information through a sieve. Very useful if you like your information without pulp.


    What does Professor Steven Novella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has great passion, and it shines through every lecture. That's all I've ever required from a teacher.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was practically moved to tears when I was listening to this audiobook while cutting onions.


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    tootezz 10-01-14
    tootezz 10-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills again? Why?

    yes, in fact i want to listen to it with a paper and pen. i want to write down all those important words and remember them.


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    i have 4-5 books for the great course, this is the BEST ONE YET

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    Sami Halifax, Canada 10-01-14
    Sami Halifax, Canada 10-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to audible. One the best things that happened to me

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    "Insight into our minds"

    Best note I have: this book is brought in a forward, clear and simple method to the listener. It really provides a clear perspective into our minds. One thing I have to warn the reader and make very clear. Prof. Novella might put forward thoughts related to conspiracy theories such as 9/11 or human evolution as obvious fallacies which by its own merit contradicts his findings in the lectures. His arguments of 9/11 for example are BIASED towards his views that it wasn't staged so the whole argument is geared in that direction neglecting the full spectrum of arguments against. (Please note that I'm not with that argument as I don't have the full knowledge about the subject) It is an irony that he is acting against his own preachings.

    Finally, what makes this rather dangerous that fact that it is brought to us in a "scientific" and "logical" way so any argument against would be futile and stupid!!

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    Jennifer Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-28-14
    Jennifer Yucaipa, CA, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2004
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    "It is what the title describes-A scientific guide"
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    Very scientific and facts based guide to critical thinking and how your mind and thoughts can be fooled even when you have the best of intentions.

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    Ashton 09-27-14
    Ashton 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, good refresher"
    What did you love best about Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

    Definitely a must read for everyone. I debate regularly and it would make life so much easier if people could reflect on their arguments before presenting them.

    Even if you do think critically, it's a great refresher. Also he defines a lot of definitions and explains logical fallacies etc.

    10/10


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    Have you listened to any of Professor Steven Novella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was an intellectual book.


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    Anca 09-26-14
    Anca 09-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    I was expecting something more practical, like tips and tricks about critical thinking, but this is really scientific. Very good for what it is, but just that I had other expectations.

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