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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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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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Awesome Book!

this book was a very interesting and it forming all the different aspects of analytical thinking.

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  • Pamela
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  • 08-01-17

Mind Candy

You might think you are adept at critical thinking. This course taught me how to spot my own flawed reasoning and that of others. I will listen to this again for sure.

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Love It

Dr. Steven Novella is a pleasure to listen to, catch him here and in his weekly podcast. The lecture series is fun and a little scary (can you really trust your own brain).

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Great!

Steve covers a lot of ground in this course! It's very informative and gives helpful examples. I highly recommend it!

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Start your inward journey here

I have always found myself being alone in my thoughts about the world, religion and my relationships with other people. I felt useless for not having complete confidence in any of my world views, and jealous that everyone around me are able to articulate their beliefs with complete confidence.

This course has finally reinforced in me that everyone is just as clueless and uncertain, and by questioning your own reasoning on a daily basis you can embark on the real journey to knowledge (and dare I say happiness).

If you are interested in knowing how clumsy and fallacious your own mind can be, and if you would like to learn how to recognise and avoid these fallacies, then I highly recommend this course.

Each chapter is bursting with real world examples that easily fortify the sometimes lofty scientific principles, and make these accessible to the layman.

The narrator speaks fluintly and concisely, and draws you into the conversation, which makes it that much more engaging.

Pick this up, strap in and start your journey

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Very basic with a lot of repetitive stuff

This course is extremely elementary and repetitive mainly for people from community college and some of the statements made are obvious

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Great discussion and review of topics till he becomes preachy

Book does a great job of reviewing critical thinking and many of the pitfalls and common traps that majority of society falls into. Very detailed on subject of thought and operation of the mind, a worthy and enlightening read.

However, the author would then take time each chapter to promote his liberal ideas and debase contrary opinions. Almsot laughable that a book about critical thinking, which at its core should be empahazing personal thought and reflection over group think and societal accepted truths would then preach liberal and anti-religious views in nearly each chapter because they conflict with his personal views. I was not surprised with this coming from a professor in the liberal dominated college acedamia. No problem for me to differentiate subject matter versus author's personal opinions and not take offense, but I could see how others may not be able to. This could be a potential pitfall to this book for people with similar views to glide past subject matter, nod in agreement with his espoused views, and then consider themselves critical thinkers.

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Outstanding

Great lecture series. One of the best Should be required listening for all college HS students.

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  • 07-04-17

Everyone should listen this course

I just want to second some other review I read before, that everyone should listen this course.
Prof. Novella does an amazing job explaining the complex phenomena, giving simple everyday life examples, backing up his stories by references to the real data.