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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Everyone needs to learn and use critical thinking skills, especially today when we are bombarded with piles of information, both valid and BS, and determining one from the other is the difference between being a realist and a crackpot. This course is a comprehensive introduction to:
- How your brain processes, constructs and perceives the world.
- Logical fallacies.
- How to participate in arguments.
- How the scientific method works, and how to interpret it's findings.
- Various tales of conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, science gone wrong and experts gone rogue!
And more. Once you are done, you won't know what to think. You will know HOW to think. I can't recommend this course more: if you have a credit, get this now.
The speaker is well spoken and not boring to listen to. In fact, he has one other TGC lecture on Audible, and I now look forward to listen to that as well.
Although many of the principles and fallacies are valid, the author is not realy a critical thinker at heart in my opinion. It shows from the examples and words he chooses. When he thinks skepticism is valid he calls is skepticism, but when he thinks it is not, he calls it denialism, just like using the word 'authoritive source'. That is just labeling. When he discusses MMR/authism, he says: because of this 1 report 'compliance' of MMR vacine dropped. Why not use the word 'usage' ? Compliance sounds like an authority robot and that is what the author is leaning towards. He does not understand the amount of money driving scientific reserach for vaccines and global warming research and how that affects the outcome of research.
He also complains that media has become too diverse with internet and that caused a loss of an 'authoritive filter'. A bottleneck in the media however makes it extremely simple to manipulate. That aspartane is not toxic because the FDA approved it, and foreign FDA's as well does not prove anything. You do not need a big conspiracy to explain this. The producing companies own all these monopolies through the revolving door circuit. It's like saying the intelligence agencies can't all be wrong about WMD in Iraq. You have to understand the revolving door with gvt's and the military industrial complex. They WERE wrong, all of them and you could understand why if you follow the money and watch the interaction between regulators, industry and academia. What about all those regulators saying the mortage market was fine before 2008? The author would have called me a tinfoil head conspiracy nut if I had told them all these regulators were wrong in 2007 with their AAA ratingson on junkmortgages. No, I was right, because you have to understand the revolving door between industry and regulators and the big pool of tax money they fish in.
To filter the bogus from truth he advises to 'check if the web site has an ideology or is a respected academic gvt agency, bound by transparancy'. How silly does that sound after Edward Snowden?
The Canadian gvt, besides funding 23000 scientist also issued a gag order for them recently. The gvt is a big corporation with a license to kill and steal.
Aother argument he uses is to ask 'if the source is licensed' Licensed by the goverment I assume? What makes this bunch of people invulnerable to base instincts? gvt's killed 200 million people world wide in the 20th century. His reasoning has a single point of failure, which is a giant pool of tax money, collected by a monopoly of violence in every country on earth.
His 911 views will also prove a big spot on this book in hindsight. A complete building, WTC7, falls at free fall speed in it's own foot print, presumably caused by office fires. Any critical thinker with some physics knowledge, can know a big steel re enforced building does not lose structural integrity everywhere, completely all at the same time because of some office fires. You have to be a denialist to think so ;-)
Every war in history started with a false flag.Hitler dressed up prisoners in Polish uniforms and had them attack german radiostations in operation canned goods, to justify 'retaliation'. After what has become known on operation Northwood and operation Gladio, you have to watch all events that call for a retaliation war with extreme skepticism considering the past.
I'm surprised to have a course on Critical Thinking taught in such a structureless way. The professor seems to just jump from in the following form: fact (sometimes unsubstantiated) -> anecdote -> anecdote -> anecdote, etc. If you think critically about what he is teaching you realize he is not supporting his teaching the way he suggests people should insist facts are supported in their own lives.
No, I'll give others a try.
We've all seen movies or TV shows with the stereotypical dorky professor and Steven Novella is that professor. He's dry, boring and adds nothing to the material that he is delivering. I get the sense of someone in a white lab coat who has not left his lab in years and has no idea of how what he is teaching might be applicable in the real world.
The topic is interesting. Perhaps if any of the material is new to you, you will have a different impression of it that I did.
Great Courses claims they find top professors to lecture for their course. This cannot be the best there is. I have seen better and I could do better.
Presented in a very arrogant way
Interesting that a critical thinker who seems to know it all believes that tigers are found in Africa
I was initially not impressed with some of the information this author related, however, after about half way through the title, I started to see his point in some of the anecdotes. One of his main points is basically that the obvious is not always correct in many circumstances.
he did construct points and arguments, but his ideas and what he thought was correct was all over the place, (which is something that normal people do). but some of the examples presented were just like what marketers do in order for the people to buy them, like they provide a claim with persuasive speech and a biased view to prove their claim. i would urge any listener to think the arguments presented thru and whether they arrive at the conclusion that is said here. i just found that although some conclusions may be true, and some arguments may be true, but they just dint seem to connect like the sky being blue as a result of sun rising from the east.(explained in the book)
Y would not recommend. Author believes he has good thinking skills. Huh? His research has led him to believe that homeopathy does not work. Vitamin C does not cure illnesses including cancer? Aspartame is not toxic. What?!!I have seen many miracles with homeopathy and vitamin C.And it is common sense that consuming chemicals is not healthy.I listened through all the book because I like to finish what I start.Feed sorry for the author.Alberto MartinezModern science, like every successful philosophy, has axioms that it takes on faith to be true.--Allan R. Sandage, one of the fathers of modern astronomy.Many people don't realize that science basically involves assumptions and faith.--Charles Townes, Nobel Prize winner in Physics
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