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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Someone who wants a brief overview of a lot of quirky things the mind does, but doesn't really want to know why or how it does those things.
I don't see how this is a "Guide to critical thinking", he literally just tells you stories of times the mind has done strange things contradictory to logic. It was all stuff I've heard before, several times, from other sources. There was no delving deeper into the why our minds do the things he says in the numerous examples. It was more stories of strange things our minds do, with a one sentence recap of why the mind did it (possibly), and then on to the next story. Literally I think almost everything in the first two chapters was in the Nat Geo show Brain Games.
A great guide on using critical thinking with skepticism and science together. It's not a easy task given our cognitive flaws and biases but certainly can be achieved with practice and humility.
A must for anyone interested in skepticism, pseudoscience, or just the ways in which our brains can and do fool ourselves every day.
probably 3/4 of the lecture is about avoiding thinking pitfalls- cognitive/logical fallacies- with the last 1/4 about implementing positive skills
If I wasn't so dedicated to fixing myself I would not have listened to this whole thing. I am so glad I did. There is so much applicable knowledge in this. Well worth the 12 hours I put in. I listened at 1.5x speed that helped a bit I guess. Good stuff. I recommend it.
It was a good series of lectures well read by the author ... About the only thing I disliked was the canned applause after each lecture... So it was well worth the listen even if you are already familiar with Dr Steven Novella's work.
It is shameful how most of the population lives. Most of what they know is only environmental, some schooling and TV. Not even a clue as to even question. Sadly who ever takes intetest in this books is not the audience in most need of its information.
Great course that never ceases to bombard you with fascinating information and insight. If you are new to skepticism, science and critical thinking this will blow your mind.
If this is all old hat to you then I still guarantee you will learn something new. Should be required education for all.
Recommend this lecture for anyone who is a fan of thinking and/or science. Should be required for everyone over 12 years old, possibly yearly. I'll listen again soon I think, just to keep it fresh.
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