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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Yes, I would try another book from The Great Courses but "No" I would not listen to another book by Professor Steven Novella. This is the 2nd Great Courses I have listened to by Professor Novella/
Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition
The information he presents is almost identical to his Great Course on Medical Myths.
Yes, I enjoy the information presented in "The Great Courses".
I listened to "Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us" by Professor Novella as part of "The Great Courses" a couple of weeks before. I felt that this book was just a rehash of the same information under the guise of a different topic (the mind) as opposed to the Medical Profession. I recommend that users/members take one of Professor Novella's courses and not both since you will be frustrated he just goes over the same information. I do appreciate his "skeptic" approach to issues pertaining to the mind as well as medical profession but once you have heard him once you will understand his approach. I hope this review helps.
This should be a required read for everyone. This course was a wonderful revisit to content from my old Philosophy of Logic course in college.
For anyone who actually wants to learn to start thinking critically, you should give this some serious consideration.
Among the highest for a lecture. Highly engagement and thought provoking. Want to learn how to make logical decisions based on knowing your own human flaws in thought? Get this!
I absolutely love learning from Professor Steven Novella. His communication skills very good. Even during dry topics his ability to change tone in speaking, simplify with examples randomly and his overall clarity lead me to keep coming back.
No. Far too long. That said, there were a few points where I sat in my driveway for him to finish with the lecture.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
Blow your Mind.
A.D. After Disclosure
This was very enlightening. love the depth he went into, To help you connect the dots. Great listen. check it out.
Engineer with a strange attraction to philosophy.
Introspective, substantive, relevant
The lectures progress in a structured way explaining first how humans perceive, interpret, store, and retrieve sensory inputs and then move into how this manifests as behavioral traits.
Professor Novella recants many stories throughout his lectures that give practical meaning to the central points of each lecture.
Yes I had many extreme reactions, but I can not describe them as emotional per se. They are more like getting some level of satisfaction out of discovering something that I thought I already know, but never really thought about a whole lot to realize that I did not really know.
Professor Novella has a knack for effectively explaining relatively abstract structures pragmatically by breaking them down into relatable terms and concepts.
This course is excellent and I have recommended it to others. What I love about it is it describes complex topics on logic and gives specific examples and why they have real life value. I learned so much from it and I thought I already used and understood logic!
It is so rich in useful ways to use logic to see through all the trickery we experience every day. He explains how we trick ourselves and how others not only trick us but influence us by letting us follow our own deceptive ideas. Really hard to explain it all, but wish my two teens would listen to it. Great!
Not really based on any characters, except maybe figures from the past who may have postulated a concept.
"How we can stop being deceived by our ideas"
My favorite book from Audible so far. Wish he did more book. Great speaker.
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.
I love the audio version. Print version would occupy much space.
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.
He delivers much information. With accurate terminology.
The real world exposed!
It has taken all my misconceptions away!
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