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Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills Lecture

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

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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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    Richard M. 03-29-17
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    Would you listen to Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills again? Why?

    Yes fantastic book. The narrator was enjoyable and the author does an excellent job illustrating bias and how it affects our opinions and our lives.


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    Jonathan L. 03-26-17
    Jonathan L. 03-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "What the world needs now. "

    You probably feel like you don't need this, but even those familiar with the concepts are likely to appreciate such a thorough and well-ordered review. How do we make this a mandatory course in highschools?

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    dmans Portland, OR 03-25-17
    dmans Portland, OR 03-25-17 Member Since 2016

    Love Audio books.

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    "Critical skills to have in today's world"

    Critical thinking is such an important skill set to avoid being manipulated by others.

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    Amazon Customer 03-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "if it makes you angry, you need to listen"

    I started listening to this lecture a few months ago. I didn't get far before experiencing an overwhelming feeling of annoyance. I got the impression that the author was trying to inflate himself by pointing out how ignorant most people are. I thought he was a little too confident in his statements.
    I don't remember why I was determined to revisit the course, but in doing so, soon considered the possibility that the author might be telling me something I just didn't want to hear. Having finished the course, I am convinced that this was at least partially the case. I also think that it would be a great high school requirement.
    I am currently helping a friend with a pretty serious legal matter. The statistics which indicate that very few of my peers ( aka Jurrors) are scientifically literate is terrifying. It seems that knowledge of the presented logical fallacies alone would likely get the case thrown out.
    Is there even an inherent pledge/oath/statement/belief on the part of our judicial system that commits itself to being bound by science?

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    Always Curious Mike 03-18-17
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    "Should be required listening/reading..."

    for making good decisions and separating fake from real, good from bad, and facts from fantasy. Now who has time for that - everyone!

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    A. Dykstra Chicago, IL 03-09-17
    A. Dykstra Chicago, IL 03-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting but got old after the 1st half"

    This book was interesting for about the first half of the book, but got old in the second half. There were obvious cognitive biases by the presenter on several topics, but everything was presented as fact and only explored one side of many of his examples. To his credit, the author at least acknowledged that he does have these biases.

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    Cherokee L. Schill Lexington 02-23-17
    Cherokee L. Schill Lexington 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    We need critical thinking in our society. Now more than ever. Please get this book.

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    Greg 02-17-17
    Greg 02-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely brilliant!"

    Wow. This should be prescribed listening fir every tertiary level student. Presented succinctly and with fierce clarity.

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    Lawrence of Canadia 02-07-17
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    "a vital tool for the modern citizen"

    the question is not if the course was valuable, but how to share it wider.

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    Person chicago 02-03-17
    Person chicago 02-03-17

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    "Wow. Likely the most useful book I've ever listened too."

    By understanding how you (and others) think.. you open yourself up to new ways of thinking. If I could get certain politicians to read this book, the world might be a safer place.

    I will take the lessons learned here with me for the rest of my life. I'll probably re-listen at some point as well!

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    "thank you made my life look so boring now"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    some what.


    What other book might you compare Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills to, and why?

    "secret history o f the world" :-)


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Steven Novella?

    enyone else will do


    Do you think Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    the professor was trying to denounce some myths with not so easy to proof theorys of his, leaving everyting in hands of coincidence.

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