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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Listen to the whole thing without getting offended and you'll learn tons. The first lecture is polemic and it sounds like he intends to attack beliefs he dislikes but that isn't the point, so just get past it and you'll get a lot out of it. Would like to put him and Rupert Sheldrake in a room together.
This is now required for my students in the college courses I teach. An absolutely thorough and well tempered exploration of critical thinking, scientific skepticism, and cognitive bias. For me the lecture really picks up momentum when it reaches informal fallacies, and from then on out I felt totally engaged with the speaker. A fantastic reminder of our own fallibility and the need for systematic analysis of our own beliefs.
One of best courses I've listened to. Prof Novella over delivers in the course. I will definitely revisit this time and time again in the future.
Overall a good lecture. Started to seem slow near the end. My favorite part was the logical fallacies. I'd like to go back and memorize them. Then I would use them when debating someone.
This course should be a requirement for every high schooler who's venturing out into the real world. Even as an agno-atheist trained physicist (now risk analyst), I've been increasingly going through a quarter-life crisis encompassing an existential crisis of what is true. We are bombarded with information, articles, opinions, conflicts. Having listened to this, I'm quite encouraged in furthering what I already considered to be my strong suite, a critical mindset that feels ok in its agnosticism to information (GMOs, etc) without expert-level knowledge. Don't hesitate, this book WILL make you a better thinker!
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