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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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Everyone needs this course in this modern world

Anxious and overwhelmed by all the information and misinformation out there. Think about taking a journey with this course. This is a great course on scientific approach,critical thinking and skepticism. This will help you with your analysis, cognitive biases, meta cognition and improve awareness.

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  • William
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  • 09-17-17

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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Great content and delivery.

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

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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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Outstanding

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

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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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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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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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interesting

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