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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People who agree with all subjects discussed and enjoy confirmation of the subjects.
Have James Taranto provide the course.
Clear, articulate, authoritative
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.
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!
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.
A lot of good scientific information about neurology and psychology gathered, organized and presented very well.
Exploring Metaphysics - Because it gives the opposite view on much of the same subject matter.
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."
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.
yes; it for personal life and professionnal.
yes easy ; not too tecnical
yes ; i wil grow
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!
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.
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.
I enjoyed the lectures on logical fallacies and how they can be used in popular pseudo-science topics.
This summer...thinking....goes....critical *cue explosion, swordfights, and/or scantily clad supermodels*
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.
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.
Yes, it is attractive
Yes, they were too conceptual and technical
Be careful when thinking
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