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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I have listened 3 times now and everytime this audiobook gets more enthralling and also more terrifying knowing our minds are so out of control!
Good replacement for biblical texts.
Recommend to everybody.
Professor Steven was very easy to understand and well spoken. I found that I couldn't wait for it to be over until around the 18th lecture. It was then I started to engage and enjoyed the final 4 lectures.
Mr. Novella doesn't even attempt to hide his surprisingly basic understanding of gun rights, creationism, and theism, yet uses all of them as examples of people who are "deceived". He does this by using the weakest straw man arguments you might come across in middle school or Buzzfeed to back his assertions.
It really hurt his credibility for the rest of his course in my view. Disagreeing with those ideas is fine, but using them as examples of a deceived mind in such a lazy and dismissive approach really put a damper on the rest of the book for me.
Listen to the whole thing without getting offended and you'll learn tons. The first lecture is polemic and it sounds like he intends to attack beliefs he dislikes but that isn't the point, so just get past it and you'll get a lot out of it. Would like to put him and Rupert Sheldrake in a room together.
This is now required for my students in the college courses I teach. An absolutely thorough and well tempered exploration of critical thinking, scientific skepticism, and cognitive bias. For me the lecture really picks up momentum when it reaches informal fallacies, and from then on out I felt totally engaged with the speaker. A fantastic reminder of our own fallibility and the need for systematic analysis of our own beliefs.
One of best courses I've listened to. Prof Novella over delivers in the course. I will definitely revisit this time and time again in the future.
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