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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If you've ever listened to the Skeptics Guide podcast - and you definitely should- this is a perfect way to get a solid basis for the types of conversations commonly breached in their episodes.
In short, Steven Novella gives us an overview to the question: how do we determine truth and falsehood, and how does science help us overcome our inherent blindness in that endeavor?
Starting with individual illusions, then moving on to social phenomena such as mass delusions, Novella then gets to the meat of his lectures with the basis of logic, fallacies, and an introduction to the scientific method.
Much of this information would be touched on in your average high school/undergrad science class: What is the scientific method? What determines a good source? But usually these philosophical underpinnings to science are glanced over during syllabus week, and every student of course is just worrying about the curriculum for the upcoming weeks. The real value to this audiobook is that we get a hard look at what it means to be a critical thinker, and where that critical thinking is weakest in our everyday lives.
If you've ever been in discussion with a friend, who you just KNOW is wrong, but you can't quite pin down how...or if you dont know how to parse your own opinions in a rational way...if you have a desire to find intellectual honesty in a complicated world...I highly recommend this lecture series.
Because of the way we evolved over the ages, be it millions of years or something much shorter, our minds developed shortcuts so we could survive out in the world. Now that we have, in certain regions and to varying degrees, managed to overcome the most immediate threats to our existence; finding enough to eat while avoiding being eaten. The shortcuts we developed then are not as nearly required as they once were. This course teaches what the shortcuts are (confirmation bias, stereotyping etc.) and steps one can take to avoid them when necessary, and the means to overcome them and see more clearly the trees and the forests of modern day life.
Outstanding! I have had many discussions and arguments with folks that need to hear this book, especially when using social media. Many of the examples are relevant and crucial to understanding the points being made by the professor. Will listen again soon!
I really enjoyed this series of lectures. If you are interested in an academic overview of how we think, make assumptions, fool ourselves and others, and what we can do to make our own view of reality more objective, then this set of lectures will appeal to you also.
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.
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