Tuesday 1 July 2014

Review of Your deceptive mind by Steven Novella

Your deceptive mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills by Professor Steven Novella

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills & Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills(Set)

This is part of the Great courses series and includes 24 lectures that I listened to, so not strictly a book!

Novella’s assertion is that at no time in human history have we had access to so much information and so much misinformation. He covers the neuroscience of thinking, the need for critical thinking, a quick course on logical fallacies, biases, critical thinking, science and pseudoscience, conspiracy thinking and so much more. This is a marathon at Twelve and a half hours but very much worth it. Even as someone who is interested in the scientific method, critical thinking, scepticism and logical fallacies I learned some new things. I would say that every single student in our schools should be taught this course as well as media studies (for the understanding of propaganda and political bias). If they were I bet the world would be a better place. I have only scored it as “Good” as it repeated a lot of information I already know but I would recommend this course to everyone.

Overall – Great course of lectures that present critical thinking in easily digestible chunks

More information here: http://www.thegreatcourses.co.uk/tgc/Courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=9344

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