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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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    William Kennesaw, GA, United States 09-17-17
    William Kennesaw, GA, United States 09-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "a fantastic into to critical thinking"

    If you're curious about how science works methodologically and neurologically this is a really great introduction. like any field, no single course or lecture can teach you everything or take you everywhere but Novella certainly lays out a map of the territory and shows you interesting places to investigate.

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    Eric Allen 09-09-17
    Eric Allen 09-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great content and delivery."

    Effective guide to begin and continually develop a life long practice of critical thinking skills.

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    K D 09-09-17
    K D 09-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "first half informative second half not really new "

    I ended up skipping the last three chapters after the previous three kind of hoping that something good and unique was in there, probably too many examples on Concepts that are pretty simple.

    I did learn some great things from it and I would recommend listening to him

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    Mikenley Lundy 09-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding"

    I would strongly recommend everyone to listen to this book. The author highlights how you can think differently

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    09-01-17
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    "Extremely informative & thought provoking."

    There is an overwhelming amount of information in this book. You definitely get what you pay for here. I would recommend to anyone who wants to become more aware of how we process & asses "factual information"

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    Stuart A. Silverstein Reseda, CA 08-29-17
    Stuart A. Silverstein Reseda, CA 08-29-17 Listener Since 2004

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    "Great course!!"

    As a designer I am often in search of truth and needing ways to objectively test my designs. This course helped me get some of those cognitive biases under a microscope and challenge my own cognitive biases. I thorough enjoyed the challenge and really grew from it.

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    Toni Fulton minnesota 08-18-17
    Toni Fulton minnesota 08-18-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Makes You Think"

    Useful tools and procedures for thinking. I loved how I was able to see how my way of coming to conclusions in the past were flawed and am looking forward to trying a new approach.

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    "good course a litle to much about conspiracy theor"

    First part was much more interesting for me. It focused on explaining how mind works with some examples of cognitive biases. Second part was dominated by examples of sudo science and conspiracy theory and author was focused to explain why this claims are wrong instead explaining why it appears so often in society.

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    Leo 08-18-17
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    this is not my usual type of book. however I did find an enjoyable and acquire two new skills.

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    C. Frank Daugherty Columbus OH USA 08-15-17
    C. Frank Daugherty Columbus OH USA 08-15-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Awesome subject awesome lecturer"

    Lots of good points, there were parts that did challenge my thinking. The lecturer's voice is not annoying which in important when investing 12:40 minutes

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    "Should be required reading for everyone"

    One of those "change your whole world view" audio books. Excellent content and presentation from Steven Novella.

    Very highly recommended

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    "very strong start but undermined in by bias"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps it cant be. How many of us can be truly objective?

    I didnt expect anything different on brain structure and chemistry, so was expecting the a priori conclusion that there is no 'self', even though the explanations given need not be the final word in themselves. Is the cause of a light switching on, the switch itself ?

    However for a course that billed itself as critical thinking I expected better when it came to genuine reservations regarding Darwinian Evolution. Why? Because there is no other subject in Science that seems to raise emotions as much as this. Objections are often dismissed simply because of who presents them and invariably assumes that each protestor must necessarily be a Creationist which is not necessarily true (Richard Milton for example described himself as an agnostic). So in such a course this was inevitably going to be a pivotal revealing topic. Yes, the context in which this was discussed was vis-a-vis Creationism, and from this the impression given was simply that there were some gaps that might be explained in the future. Is this not however a case of the very wishful thinking that is criticised earlier on in the course? Also the complaint that the alternative explanation was not scientific compelling is not for me the primary issue but rather the doubts of flaws of Darwinian Evolution expressed in the first place.

    I think that the other issue was this course was really heavily centred around the scientific method with a logic overlay, which granted was pointed out at the start. However this precludes approaches such as metaphysics, that does not lend itself to the scientific method but is consistent and no less critical in the application of logic.


    Has Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills put you off other books in this genre?

    No because it will be very dependent on the individual course tutor.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration itself was well done.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    yes the first section of the book was very good, particularly some of the examples of conspiracy theory. Unfortunately once you see a bias, particularly in this type of course, it then undermines the delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    For logic and critical thinking I found D Q McInerney's 'Being Logical : A Guide to Good Thinking, a much smaller but good concise guide.
    Importantly for the scientific paradigm Thomas Kuhn's 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions' , Karl Popper's 'The Logic of Scientific Discovery' and yes even Paul Feyerabend's 'Against Method'

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  • Ned
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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.

    0 of 13 people found this review helpful

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