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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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    Super fascinating look on how we learn and interpret facts. Anyone remotely interested in science should definitely go through this book, and as a whole has leagues of information valuable to anyone who wants to be able to discern information from disinformation.

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    i loved it, there was a lot of information that I had encounter in psychology and philosophy classes as well as science that were all tied together to make sense in this course.

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    "Great course"

    Professor novella has proved to have really profound knowledge in Critical thinking. The course has helped me question many things in
    My daily life and this course has opened my appétit to continue in this journey of thinking about thinking as he described it

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    "the information is great but narrator isnt my fav"

    i struggled to finish this as i was not a big fan of the narrators voice

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    "Critical to your life"

    What can I say? If you can handle the truth, this is for you. Novella gives you the tools you need to improve yourself and become more able to understand facts and reality. This is a must for all. I will have to listen to his lecture a few more times to get the most out of it. Enjoy!

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    "Fantastic information!"

    All of humanity would benefit if every person on the planet was taught this information. Humans could easily treat each other with much more respect and compassion if they only new more about how our brains and our personal bias actually works. Please consume this information and pass it on to someone in your life!

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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
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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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    "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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