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Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills Publisher's Summary

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.

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    • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven Novella
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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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.

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    • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

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    • Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

    • By: Michael Shermer, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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    • By: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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    • Narrated by: John R. Hale
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • Narrated by: Michael Dues
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    • Narrated by: Hannah B. Harvey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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    • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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    Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it's one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors.

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    • By: Stanley K. Ridgley, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Stanley K. Ridgley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Mostly Fluff, Could be much shorter.

    • By Robert on 08-30-16

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    • The Creative Thinker's Toolkit

    • By: Gerard Puccio, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gerard Puccio
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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    • By: Kenneth G. Brown, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth G. Brown
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    • By: Seth Freeman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Seth Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
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    The course is organized around a mnemonic device, developed by Professor Freeman, that can serve in any negotiation situation. Called "I FORESAW IT," this indispensable framework guides you in assembling the strongest possible case, showing you how to evaluate such factors as creative options, independent criteria, and your best alternative to a negotiated agreement.

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    • Narrated by: Jonah Berger
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • The Entrepreneur's Toolkit

    • By: Michael Goldsby, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldsby
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Smart first half, lacking and slow in the second.

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    • Building a Better Vocabulary

    • By: Kevin Flanigan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kevin Flanigan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply amazing. Also, bad reviews can be explained.

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    • Critical Business Skills for Success

    • By: The Great Courses, Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, and others
    • Narrated by: Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, Michael A. Roberto, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 23 mins
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Epic! It's like a complete 1st year MBA Curriculum

    • By Quaker on 05-22-15

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    • How the World Learns

    • Comparative Educational Systems
    • By: The Great Courses, Alexander W. Wiseman
    • Narrated by: Alexander W. Wiseman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Hadi on 08-26-15

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    • The Surveillance State

    • Big Data, Freedom, and You
    • By: Paul Rosenzweig, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Paul Rosenzweig
    • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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    A man shoots down a drone that is flying over his private property. A retail store uses predictive data analytics to send pregnancy-related advertising to a teenager who has not told her parents about her condition. A police officer places a GPS device on a suspected criminal's car to follow him and build a case against him. The news is full of such stories, in which new technologies lead to dilemmas that could not have been imagined just a few decades ago.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nine tenths of the way to an idea.

    • By Tristan on 06-11-16

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    • Understanding Nonverbal Communication

    • By: Mark G. Frank, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark G. Frank
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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    • 1 out of 5 stars
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    • The Art of Debate

    • By: Jarrod Atchison, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jarrod Atchison
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • Law School for Everyone

    • By: The Great Courses, Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, and others
    • Narrated by: Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and others
    • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Interesting and Entertaining

    • By Timothy D. Sowell on 11-24-17

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