Mar 03 2012

Your Deceptive Mind

I am proud to announce my second course with The Teaching Company:  Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills.

The Great Courses are a series of college-like lectures designed for adult learners. They are very well produced – I have been impressed with the entire process, and I am happy that The Teaching Company decided to produce some courses with me. In this one I go systematically through all of the flaws and foibles of the human brain, our errors in perception and memory, hyperactive agency detection, pattern recognition, logical fallacies, and cognitive biases. Then I discuss how this manifests as delusions and pseudoscience, and finally how to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to overcome these limitations.

This is a great introduction into skeptical thinking for those not as familiar with skepticism and metacognition, and also a thorough treatment of the topic for those who are. I encourage you to check it out.

Also, if you have not previously seen it, take a look at my first course: Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us.


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