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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Most of this stuff I already knew intuitively but it was nice to have it spelled out. I can't say there were any groundbreaking insights I gained because I'm a pretty skeptical person in general but I think the material is very important and worth-while for anyone.
Worth your time.
It is engaging and educational.
I love this lecture series, though I do find it a little disconcerting that every session begins and ends with the exact same applause track.
Highly recommed. Good insight into how we think and perceive our surroundings and other people.
Better than most great courses.
Clear english, with thoughtful repetition and little fluff. Enjoyable topic.
It reminds me of reasoning taught in undergraduate philosophy.
It made me think.
I listened to the audiobook awhile ago, so the material isn't fresh in my mind, but I will try my best to review it. I definitely would recommend this to my friends, and any other member of the human race, specifically. Some of the key terms have faded from memory, but the good news is, the modes of thinking have largely stayed with me. If I wasn't skeptical and reasonable before, these lectures have undoubtedly sharpened these faculties to the point where it's developed into more of a science, as opposed to what previously felt like guesswork. These broad stroke lectures are applicable to anyone who values truth. They offer the equipment necessary to navigate in a world often shrouded by smoke screens.
The most memorable moment for me was when the professor explains what's called the availability heuristic. I've always thought of this phenomenon but never knew quite how to conceptualize it. He often illuminates phenomena that are right under our noses, but that our brains seem to innately struggle with. He's essentially teaching us how to process information through a sieve. Very useful if you like your information without pulp.
He has great passion, and it shines through every lecture. That's all I've ever required from a teacher.
I was practically moved to tears when I was listening to this audiobook while cutting onions.
Addicted to audible. One the best things that happened to me
Best note I have: this book is brought in a forward, clear and simple method to the listener. It really provides a clear perspective into our minds. One thing I have to warn the reader and make very clear. Prof. Novella might put forward thoughts related to conspiracy theories such as 9/11 or human evolution as obvious fallacies which by its own merit contradicts his findings in the lectures. His arguments of 9/11 for example are BIASED towards his views that it wasn't staged so the whole argument is geared in that direction neglecting the full spectrum of arguments against. (Please note that I'm not with that argument as I don't have the full knowledge about the subject) It is an irony that he is acting against his own preachings.
Finally, what makes this rather dangerous that fact that it is brought to us in a "scientific" and "logical" way so any argument against would be futile and stupid!!
Very scientific and facts based guide to critical thinking and how your mind and thoughts can be fooled even when you have the best of intentions.
Definitely a must read for everyone. I debate regularly and it would make life so much easier if people could reflect on their arguments before presenting them.
Even if you do think critically, it's a great refresher. Also he defines a lot of definitions and explains logical fallacies etc.
No, it was an intellectual book.
I was expecting something more practical, like tips and tricks about critical thinking, but this is really scientific. Very good for what it is, but just that I had other expectations.
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