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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.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    C. Carlos LA, CA 01-30-17
    C. Carlos LA, CA 01-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great applicable information."

    Many of the examples can be seen in daily life from news, media, sales, relationships and conversations.

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    Sharyl Wooton 01-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Profound and Insightful"

    This was a profound and insightful look at the way how our minds work. These lectures presented the human brain has a flawed tool and gave suggestions on how to maximize its use.

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    John K. Dayton, OH 01-20-17
    John K. Dayton, OH 01-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wide but Shallow Exploration of Critical Thinking"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Steven Novella?

    I normally enjoy The Great Courses; however, this course by Steven Novella was such a wide and shallow examination of the topic that, at times, it degenerated into mind-numbing lists. At other times, the material was so basic that anybody familiar with the topic of critical thinking will be bored.


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

    No. I will continue to listening to The Great Courses and books on critical thinking and informal logic.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Steven Novella – was your favorite?

    There were no characters developed in this lecture.


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

    I am open to other lectures by Steven Novella but I do not believe this survey course needs a follow-up book.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this lecture series to people that are curious but largely unfamiliar with critical thinking and informal logic and would like to survey the field.

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    Trailrunr Asheville, NC 01-10-17
    Trailrunr Asheville, NC 01-10-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Fascinating. - Spock"

    Enjoyable, engaging and enriching. A worthy offering. A title that I will listen to again and again.

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    Jared T Wilsey 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Perhaps best single "course" I ever took"

    What a bargain, this was instructive to me as a scientist yet most certainly applies to non-scientists as well. It is hard for me to think of someone who should not listen to this course, although some may find a small portion of it offensive (e.g., those that are unwilling to think critically about religious dogma, not reject it, just think about it).

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    Grandma 01-08-17
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    "The lecture helps to spur the mind."

    it took a little while to fo thru the whole lecture do to my own timing but I was greatly impressed. The lecture spurred my thinking and reinforced critical thinking skills that I actually practice and use daily.

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    Conquerer Houston, TX 12-22-16
    Conquerer Houston, TX 12-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting but too long and slow"

    starts off with a bang about how our brain works, and it's organisation. then slows down to multiple examples after examples after examples. the last chapter picks the pace again. could've been presented in half the time. the author and speaker have done a great job. Condense and focus.

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    Giuliete 12-21-16
    Giuliete 12-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very interesting topic, not so interesting lecturer"

    Professor Steven Novella seems to know a great deal and the lectures are good, but the delivery is really boring. He tends to talk in a monotonous tone which for an audiobook is horrible. Even though I'm very interested in the topic my thoughts constantly drifted away and I had to make an effort to keep concentrated, which is unusual for me.

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    Donald Forsyth 12-04-16
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    "Simply Great"

    I loved this course. It went deeper into critical thinking and explained the neurological component!

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    Knut Oslo, Norway 11-28-16
    Knut Oslo, Norway 11-28-16 Listener Since 2008
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    "Interesting but too slow."

    I already read other more interesting books that cover this. The book uses too long time to explain the same thing over and over again. Some of the stories are interesting. (i only read 2/3 of the book yet, but im not sure i will complet it)

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