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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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    Allyson B. Wilson Atlanta Area, GA 07-31-14
    Allyson B. Wilson Atlanta Area, GA 07-31-14
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    "Depressing destroyer of creativity"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who agree with all subjects discussed and enjoy confirmation of the subjects.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have James Taranto provide the course.


    What three words best describe Professor Steven Novella’s voice?

    Clear, articulate, authoritative


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness


    Any additional comments?

    I have been through a few of TGC now, this was by far the most tedious. I believe the term debt downer is appropiate here, but doesn't have to be. James Taranto argues critical thought on a daily basis using mundane political examples rather than aliens and ghosts, and more is learned.

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    Anton REDMOND, WA, United States 07-19-14
    Anton REDMOND, WA, United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    Absolutely great book! It tells you about how your brain works, it makes you aware of typical traps your mind may fall into. It makes you able to ask right questions and improve your decisions. Absolutely amazing.

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    Joey 07-08-14
    Joey 07-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A total perception changer!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills to be better than the print version?

    I love the audio version. Print version would occupy much space.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chapter 10 discussed issues concerning data mining and how news is delivered. Basically saying how contractive reasoning can explaining anything. The information is highly researched.


    What about Professor Steven Novella’s performance did you like?

    He delivers much information. With accurate terminology.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The real world exposed!


    Any additional comments?

    It has taken all my misconceptions away!

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    Linda Chan 06-24-14
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    What made the experience of listening to Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills the most enjoyable?

    This 12 hour audio presentation packs a lot of punch. Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking is a title I'll make time to listen to more than once. Professor Novella's captures you with content and delivery from the very first lecture.


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    Greg Lexington, SC, United States 05-25-14
    Greg Lexington, SC, United States 05-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Science and Then, Non-Science:"
    What did you love best about Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

    A lot of good scientific information about neurology and psychology gathered, organized and presented very well.


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

    Exploring Metaphysics - Because it gives the opposite view on much of the same subject matter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The information of statistics and how we think we see patterns among data points that is actually really falling into the normal realms of "chance."


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

    No Way.


    Any additional comments?

    Novella, while doing a good job in presenting a large amount of information in ways that make learning the information easy, suggests that much of what we believe does not really stand-up to scientific scrutiny. He calls out to us admonishing us to not fall into certain "traps" as we think about different things. Yet, I find him to be just as guilty in his own way of "falling into the same traps" that he lectures us on to avoid.

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    Anderson 05-04-14
    Anderson 05-04-14
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    "this course will enable me to understand many thin"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes; it for personal life and professionnal.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    yes easy ; not too tecnical


    Which scene was your favorite?

    everything


    Did Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills inspire you to do anything?

    yes ; i wil grow


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    Irini 04-29-14
    Irini 04-29-14
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    "Scientific thinking, not critical thinking"
    Was Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills worth the listening time?

    This course is not worth the time spent on it, since all the ideas from these lectures could be explained in one 30 minute lecture.
    Moreover, the course is not about critical thinking, the course is about how to think as a scientist.
    It remains a mystery for me why this course has such high rating on audible!


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    Jagerbomber 04-18-14
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    "Excellent primer on scientific critical thinking."
    Where does Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first TGC lecture series and only my 4th audiobook so far so my comparison is a little shallow. That said, I thought it was a great series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found it to be a great series that struck a successful balance between covering all the topics and not overburdening the listener. The lecturer was clear and articulate, and reviewed or referenced other lectures to tie it all together nicely. My only (nit-picky) complaint was that it was at times too professional. A joke, hyperbole, or humorous analogy would have livened it up just a bit. Again, that's an overly critical remark. Overall, well done. Would highly recommend to others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the lectures on logical fallacies and how they can be used in popular pseudo-science topics.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This summer...thinking....goes....critical *cue explosion, swordfights, and/or scantily clad supermodels*


    Any additional comments?

    Great primer into the topic of critical thinking in todays world. If I were king for a day, I'd make everyone on facebook listen to this series so to ebb the flow of anti-vaccine/conspiracy theories on my news feed from crazy family members. Will help you develop healthy skepticism and ID some of the BS floating out there.

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    Dawn North Hollywood, CA, United States 04-07-14
    Dawn North Hollywood, CA, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    What would have made Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills better?


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    Some interesting and informative lecture material but mostly a very uninteresting shotgun approach to critical thinking. I found myself getting bored with it and the applause before and after lectures is laughable as it is obvious there is no actual audience.

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    carlosweb10 Lima Peru 01-19-14
    carlosweb10 Lima Peru 01-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A rigid but helpful cleaner of wrong ideas"
    Would you listen to Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills again? Why?

    Yes, it is attractive


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Yes, they were too conceptual and technical


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Professor Steven Novella?

    of course


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be careful when thinking


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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