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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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    Robert 06-03-15
    Robert 06-03-15 Member Since 2007
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    What did you love best about Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

    The lectures overlapped which reinforced the learning of each skill.


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    Good examples provided to illustrate each topic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The lecture I enjoyed the most was one which included an explanation of "Special Pleading".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This series should be taken in chunks and not listened to in one sitting. As there is overlap between the lectures some talking points are reiterated.


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    Sam 06-02-15
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    "User's Guide for your brain"

    This should be required listening in school. It takes an adult mind to understand it, but it is more important than anything else you will learn.

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    Zoë 05-31-15
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    "Pretty good, not amazing"

    I felt like a lot of this was pretty much common sense. It was sort of repetitive, basically the gist of it is don't believe everything you read, get a consensus from a group of experts, be open to changing your opinion based on new facts.

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    Elric Fox 05-28-15
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    It was a nice refresher of logical fallacies, how they occur and how to identify them. It is good for the layman who has an interest in this sort of topic.


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    It would be difficult to listen to in one sitting, considering the length. Also having some to stop and think about and research the claims made seems more appropriate for this kind of book.


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    A pdf with a list of the studies he refers to would be nice.

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    QP Opp 05-23-15
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    Great course. Professor Novella is an excellent lecturer. Now I question everything! Looking forward to other courses.

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    I enjoyed the lectures, easy to follow, understand ill listen to the lectures again. As far as what I knew and thought I knew, these lectures corrected, confirmed and added to my knowledge. will have to find more material on the subject.

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    "Great book well organized book."

    Its a really good book. I found that it is very helpful in understanding what to believe and what not to. Giving you a toolbox to helping to discern them apart . I love the great courses. And honestly it's very much like attending a college class. If you don't really focus. It'd be better to listen to the book twice. Not that it's not easy to understand, just because of the amount of information.

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    Jayne McLaughlin Silver City, NM 05-17-15
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    Do you think your thinking is rational and unbiased? BS! These lectures gave me some good language to label the ways in which I can go astray in my thinking. Really good.

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    Mr. S 808 05-14-15
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    Very satisfied with this book. The topic is relevant to anybody with an interest in critical thinking or conspiracy theories.

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    Stephen 05-03-15
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    Encourages the reader to be skeptical and to be aware of bias. Great information on scientific literacy. Presented calmly and rationally.

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