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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By understanding how you (and others) think.. you open yourself up to new ways of thinking. If I could get certain politicians to read this book, the world might be a safer place.
I will take the lessons learned here with me for the rest of my life. I'll probably re-listen at some point as well!
My family is riddled with mental issues as a result I was created, I have studied causes and solutions since I could remember and I have probably half of my salary dedicated to learning about the mental process and why I do the things I do, this was a much better addition than I expected it to be when I bought it.
This was a profound and insightful look at the way how our minds work. These lectures presented the human brain has a flawed tool and gave suggestions on how to maximize its use.
I normally enjoy The Great Courses; however, this course by Steven Novella was such a wide and shallow examination of the topic that, at times, it degenerated into mind-numbing lists. At other times, the material was so basic that anybody familiar with the topic of critical thinking will be bored.
No. I will continue to listening to The Great Courses and books on critical thinking and informal logic.
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I am open to other lectures by Steven Novella but I do not believe this survey course needs a follow-up book.
I recommend this lecture series to people that are curious but largely unfamiliar with critical thinking and informal logic and would like to survey the field.
What a bargain, this was instructive to me as a scientist yet most certainly applies to non-scientists as well. It is hard for me to think of someone who should not listen to this course, although some may find a small portion of it offensive (e.g., those that are unwilling to think critically about religious dogma, not reject it, just think about it).
"thank you made my life look so boring now"
"secret history o f the world" :-)
enyone else will do
the professor was trying to denounce some myths with not so easy to proof theorys of his, leaving everyting in hands of coincidence.
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