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Free course critical thinking

Postby Godek » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:12 pm

What are some free critical thinking online courses? What are some book based teach yourself courses on critical thinking you would recommend?

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Re: Free course critical thinking

Postby Cadmusteeth » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:35 pm

The closest I know of is a website on deductive reasoning, but I don't think that's what your looking for.

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Re: Free course critical thinking

Postby Matthew Ellard » Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:01 am

Godek wrote:What are some free critical thinking online courses? What are some book based teach yourself courses on critical thinking you would recommend?
I don't think there is a singular course, you can work through to learn "critical thinking".

I think "critical thinking" is best described as a set of different skills, that has some core skills, like applying skepticism, but also has a variety of other skills that vary between individuals. I think it is the variety of skills between individuals that explains the need for peer review, between different individuals. I might be good at timing logic but another person may be good at mathematical logic and another person good at data assessment and so on. In theory, we should be complementing each others skills in the peer review process,

Logical Fallacies in debate and critical thinking
When I joined this forum I had a lot of fun learning all the bad debating techniques (logical fallicies). I think, learning these logical fallacies, systematically would be one place to start. No -True Scotsman, argumentum ad hominem, red-herring, coincidence is not causality etc etc.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies

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Re: Free course critical thinking

Postby Gord » Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:52 am

The website greatcoursesplus might offer a course on critical thinking. If you watch this video, you will find a link that offers one free month of online videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l1KxgHH2Ek

( ...it gives the link as thegreatcoursesplus.com/spacetime )

I've never taken the offer myself so I can't say one way or the other how useful/interesting these videos are, but I have seen them offered on the youtube videos for PBS Space Time which I do watch and enjoy. A lot.
"Knowledge grows through infinite timelessness" -- the random fictional Deepak Chopra quote site
"You are also taking my words out of context." -- Justin
"Nullius in verba" -- The Royal Society ["take nobody's word for it"]
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Re: Free course critical thinking

Postby fromthehills » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:15 pm

Steven Novella has a critical thinking course in Great Courses.

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Re: Free course critical thinking

Postby fromthehills » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:57 pm

fromthehills wrote:Steven Novella has a critical thinking course in Great Courses.



Entitled " Your Deceptive Mind:A scientific guide to critical thinking. "

I have it on DVD, lol. But I also have it through Audible.

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Re: Free course critical thinking

Postby Lance Kennedy » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:05 am

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~korista/baloney.html

Try the above web site, which is an abbreviated guide to detecting baloney, written by Michael Shermer. Carl Sagan has also written similar material.

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Re: Free course critical thinking

Postby Gustaave » Sun May 21, 2017 12:01 pm

Lance Kennedy wrote:http://homepages.wmich.edu/~korista/baloney.html

Try the above web site, which is an abbreviated guide to detecting baloney, written by Michael Shermer. Carl Sagan has also written similar material.


If a decision is required, my view is that we should (as far as possible) reject intuition, and make that decision on the basis of good data by a fully conscious decision making process.


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