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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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Very interesting lectures, they give me the necessary information to understand the Critical Thinking Skill and how to use it, without doubt is one of the most important skills nowadays.
Being a science buff and sceptic myself I am always careful about how to "challenge" beliefs, be that in faith, miracles or just plain logical fallacies. Reality is, they are everywhere. I also fall into the trap now and then.
This course is a good and relatively straight forward guide to critical thinking that offer some hands-on tips how to approach this very complex subject.
As for listening/concentration this course is easy to digest in bite size chinks or as a whole.
Anything to complain about? Well, it might be that Professor Novella chooses examples of "so-so science" from his pet selection of easy targets. A more neutral/emotionally loaded selection could get the point across to a wider audience.
Overall a very enjoyable course.
I found it amazing but have to say you've gotta love the topic, if you don't then you should still listen so you know why things happen in life.
Inconsistent, but overall a decent listen. Don't pay full price if you can.
The speaker was knowledgeable, but at times would rush through the more interesting sections, leaving me wanting more. Like he mentioned big foot what felt like 50 times, but then basically raps through the super interesting section on marketing. He also came across as borderline unlikable, and pretty condescending, so having him in your ear for 20 hours is taxing.
absolutely loved this audio book. Steven did a wonderful job narrating this well thought out guide to critical thinking covering a wide variety of logical short coming and things to pay attention to in thought and conversation. I will be listening to this book again!
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