Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

Your Deceptive Mind A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills What should you think Who should you believe Could you be deceiving yourself These are questions that all critical thinkers of any age must constantly ask themselves There is no important skill in tod

  • Title: Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills
  • Author: Steven Novella
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Audiobook
  • What should you think Who should you believe Could you be deceiving yourself These are questions that all critical thinkers of any age must constantly ask themselves.There is no important skill in today s world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in a way that is both effective and responsible Critical thinking transforms you from aWhat should you think Who should you believe Could you be deceiving yourself These are questions that all critical thinkers of any age must constantly ask themselves.There is no important skill in today s world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in a way that is both effective and responsible Critical thinking transforms you from a passive member of society into an active participant in the ideas and issues of the day It empowers you to better understand nearly every single aspect of everyday life, from health and nutrition to science and technology to philosophical and spiritual belief systems.What s 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 Information is literally everywhere around you in newspapers and magazines, on the radio and television, and across the Internet But as the amount of information out there increases, so too does the amount of misinformation So it s important than ever before to become a better critical thinker someone who can analyze and construct arguments and arrive at sound, informed opinions And the key to success lies inunderstanding the neuroscience behind how our thinking works and goes wrong mastering the fundamental skills behind logic, reasoning, and argumentation avoiding common pitfalls and errors in thinking, such as logical fallacies and biases andknowing how to distinguish good science from pseudoscience.All this and you can find in the 24 rewarding lectures of Your Deceptive Mind A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills Dr Steven Novella of the Yale School of Medicine an academic neurologist, award winning instructor, and public educator equips 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 critically, intelligently, and successfully than ever before.Explore the Inner Workings of Critical ThinkingOur brains, according to Dr Novella, are our greatest strength as critical thinkers But they can also be the source of many weaknesses and impairments in critical thought In Your Deceptive Mind, you ll take a closer look at the neuroscientific details of critical thinking and 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 The neuroscience of critical thinking Approach the act of thinking not as some abstract concept but as an action rooted deep within your brain In clear, easy to understand language, Dr Novella takes you deep inside this powerful organ to examine how you form beliefs, perceive your surroundings, and remember events.Biases and problems in critical thinking The key to success as a critical thinker lies in understanding the range of biases and problems that can stand in the way of reason and truth You ll encounter and learn how to deftly sidestep fallacies such as retrofitting of evidence, collective wish fulfillment, reliance on factoids, and ad hominem arguments.Science and pseudoscience Knowing how to separate science the foundation of critical thought from pseudoscience is of the utmost importance to any well rounded critical thinker Here, you ll investigate common examples of pseudoscience that surround us every day from the denial of established evidence to the belief in grand conspiracies.Along the way, you ll sample a range of illuminating case studies, experiments, and observations from nutrition, science, technology, mass culture, and even politics all of which vividly illustrate the core components of and threats to responsible critical thinking These includehow purported sightings of UFOs, ghosts, and Bigfoot are, in reality, plagued by a host of cognitive flaws that also reveal secrets about how we all make sense of unexplainable events how functional MRI scans have demonstrated that different parts of our brain work together to construct an aggregate consciousness and sense of reality how a 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds so easily incited mass hysteria in listeners and actually convinced them that an alien invasion was at hand andhow reactions to the assassination of President John F Kennedy illustrate the inherent tendency in human beings to fall into the cognitive trap of grand conspiracies.Unpack the Critical Thinker s ToolboxThroughout Your Deceptive Mind, Professor Novella provides you with a critical thinker s toolbox that you can use to better assess the quality of information or to make a informed decision.The smaller the scientific study, the greater you should be concerned about the potential for statistical noise Larger scientific studies are often needed for the random effects to average out so that a reliable answer can be arrived at.While it s important to remember that emotions have an influence on an individual s thought processes, it s dangerous to completely deny them when analyzing information or trying to make an informed decision.Learn to be comfortable with the uncertainty of the world The truth is that there is no single guarantee of legitimacy when it comes to scientific information, only solid indicators of legitimacy.Be particularly on guard when dealing with controversial subjects frequently covered in the media The controversial a topic, the greater the chances are that information about that topic is skewed in one direction or another.These invaluable tips, techniques, and strategies are only a few of what you ll find in these lectures.And that s not all Your Deceptive Mind s greatest strength lies in Professor Novella s delivery and engagement with the material In addition to being a master teacher, he is an expert on critical thinking and its intersection with science President and cofounder of the New England Skeptical Society and the host of its award winning show, The Skeptic s Guide to the Universe, Professor Novella has dedicated himself to increasing the public s ability to use critical thinking skills to better navigate the mass of information and misinformation in today s highly mediated world.And the world is only going to get and saturated with information So take the initiative and become better prepared to make sense of it all with this intriguing and rewarding course While these lectures can t read the news or make decisions for you, they ll undoubtedly give you the concrete knowledge for doing so intelligently.About Your ProfessorDr Steven Novella is an academic neurologist at the Yale School of Medicine He earned his M.D from Georgetown University and completed his residency training in neurology at Yale University Dr Novella is active in both clinical research and in medical education at every level, including patients, the public, medical students, and health professionals.An expert in neuroscience, Dr Novella focuses his practice on neuromuscular disorders and headache His personal blog, NeuroLogica Blog, is considered one of the top neuroscience blogs and covers issues in neuroscience as well as the intersection of science with the media and society Dr Novella is also the founder and senior editor of Science Based Medicine, a medical blog dedicated to promoting the highest standards of basic and clinical science in medical practice.Dr Novella is president and cofounder of the New England Skeptical Society, a nonprofit educational organization designed to promote science and reason As the host and producer of the organization s award winning science show, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Dr Novella explores the latest scientific discoveries, the presentation of science in the mainstream media, and public understanding and attitudes toward science.

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    1. This marvelous series of lectures covers a wide spectrum of our cognitive flaws to which we are highly susceptible of making errors, misconceptions, arriving at a wrong conclusion etc. Knowing these flaws however provides us with a higher level of self-awareness which allows us to monitor our thinking process and hopefully avoid the traps laid by our cognitive flaws.This program is definitely a must-read for not only the academics but anyone who seeks the genuine truth on any topic and desires t [...]

    2. از اون هایی بود که تموم نشده به فکر این بودم که باید دوباره گوش بدم و درست یادداشت برداری کنم. با وجود اینکه به دلیل مشکلاتی با وقفه طولانی تمومش کردم ولی واقعا تاثیرش رو روی طرز فکرم احساس می کنمدر این دوره با ۲۴ سخنرانی حدوداً نیم ساعته یاد می گیرید که راجع به فکر کردن فکر کنید [...]

    3. LOVE this lecture series! I wish that this was a mandatory class when I was in school so I had the opportunity to learn & develop my own critical thinking skills early on. Very methodical, great discussion points. This definitely goes on my Favorites shelf.

    4. An awesome book. I loved every bit of it. It was well organized and had a good coverage of different subjects. It was also presented by Steven Novella, a professional skeptic and neurologist. I found it an easy read and a great topic of thinking and rethinking.

    5. This course is very well done worth sticking it out to the end, despite the *profoundly* arrogant professor.

    6. For scientists, I think much of the content will be boring. More importantly, if the audience is non-scientists, I wonder if the tone isn't too condescending and if the speaker isn't exhibiting some of the biases he rales against. (In fairness to him, he does point out that we all have these glitches, but it's kind of disheartening when someone lecturing us on how to overcome them can't model that.) For example, he says scientists agree vaccines are safe and effective. If you're trying to convin [...]

    7. This was a book on skepticism presented as a book on logic and critical thinking. It does present some of those ideas along the way (though, having taken a class on logic in college, there was nothing new here for me), but the examples presented are without fail based on trying to debunk fringe ideas, rather than showing you ways in which logic and critical thinking can help you in day to day situations. In part, this is likely because these topics make for easy targets, the lecturer also didn't [...]

    8. An excellent overview of the issues raised by the need for critical thinking, the types of cognitive biases involved in decision making, and a set of tools for making better judgments. A very useful resource.

    9. I really enjoyed this series of lectures which came in an audiobook format and so I'll refer to them as a book for the sake of brevity in this review.I've been trying to be more logical and critical for many years now and this summed up a lot of the things I've learned over the years on the topic. Whereas I've gained bits of knowledge over multiple years, this book condensed those into a well structured series of lectures. However, even with my interest and exposure to many of the topics mention [...]

    10. Reality is constantly constructed and updated in our brain (which is reptilian brain inside mammal brain inside primate brain inside human brain). As human being, we have the capacity for curiosity and reason, but we are plagued by host of cognitive flaws and pitfalls that don’t hold up scientific scrutiny. Critical thinking (aka scientific skepticism) is a way for us to minimize the impact of human's brain limitations on forming beliefs about the world. It is the self-correcting mechanism whi [...]

    11. Not a book, but one of the Great Courses series (lectures on varying topics). If you can get them through your library, this is ideal, but if not, try Audible. For $15 vs. $100, it's a pretty nice deal. You miss out on the course booklet, but I find I never end up referring to them anyway (I mean to, I just don't get to it). This one ran about 12 hours. Some parts were a bit dry, but I overall loved it and found it thought provoking. I do really wish his closing segment (the last 10-15 minutes o [...]

    12. Most of this was good, although at times it seemed like the author had an axe to grind against his pet world-view peeves. As another reviewer put it, this was less about logic and critical thinking than it was about debunking fringe ideas. I enjoyed the logical fallacies section, which was more a review for me, but he never really addressed 'group-think', probably because of his 'love' for scientific consensus. Perhaps he's never considered that his sceptical, critical, logical self could get sw [...]

    13. An excellent course that covers a wide range of topics related to critical thinking, supported by entertaining stories and studies.Critical thinking is uh critical to developing an accurate understanding of reality, by being aware of the potential ways we can fall prey to logical fallacies (lines of reasoning that sound rational but aren't), confirmation biases (gravitating towards evidence that supports the conclusions we want or already believe in), and cognitive biases (the ways in which our [...]

    14. Fairly comprehensive overview of many topics related to critical thinking, what science is, cognitive biases, etc. I found many parts overly long, and the delivery of the narrator to be a bit dull sometimes, but the content was good enough that I found it easy to get through.

    15. <6.5h @ 2x. Good introduction/refreshment re: basic concepts & examples in critical thinking, rationality, heuristics & biases, argumentation, the logic of science, probability, & cognitive psychology. The author illustrates the topics both with lots of case examples from the history of science & with examples from pseudoscience (including explaining when & why something falls short of science).Contents:(view spoiler)[Novella S (2012) (12:44) Your Deceptive Mind - A Scie [...]

    16. Very interesting lectures. Easy to listen to. A few nice examples that make you actually think twice. Personally I like fragment about source memory the most.

    17. Listened to Audio book narrated by: Professor Steven NovellaThis book is comprised of a series of lectures.At the start I though Oh boy, this is going to be a pain.It was just fact after fact after fact. I was just thinking, how will I even remember any of this.But then later on you get use to the style and the content. And you realise that you don't have to remember everything. And this opens this pit of information that just leaves you gasping.This book actually makes you feel a bit stupid, i [...]

    18. Good Audio book for someone interested in the subject of thinking about thinking. After having listened to the Audio book, I'm wondering if the title really befits the book's content? well, I agree for most part, the Author has gone to great lengths to show us how our mind are susceptible and our thinking flawed in most situations! if you'd care to notice, everything that matters to a layman, at least me, be it religious/spiritual beliefs, sensory perception "seeing is believing" types of belief [...]

    19. This lecture series from The Great Courses is a fantastic course for anyone that is interested in improving their critical thinking and reasoning skills. Dr Stephen Novella is a magnificent communicator and presents the subject matter in a very accessible way. As a longtime listener of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Dr. Novella's weekly podcast, I can't say there was a great deal of new information for me here, but I still value this course as a refresher. I found that the subject of critic [...]

    20. Highly recommended. You know that nagging feeling you get when you hear something that seems too good to be true? This lecture series hundred voice and meaning to that. There is so much of value here that I am passing this to my son to listen to as well. I think it will be of particular values took him as he moved through high school and into college.

    21. This is a great refresher to get your mind in shape to detect BS and logical fallacies in the statements of others and your own. How our thinking sometimes fails and gives us answers that are far removed from reality.

    22. Worth reading has some good tips about how to avoid some common pitfalls of remembering and critical thinking.

    23. Dla każdego, kto uważa, że podejmuje racjonalne, logiczne decyzje - aby uświadomił sobie jak bardzo się myli

    24. Difficult to see how anyone could watch this and remain unchanged. An excellent course -the best source if have found for this material. The mini pod cast (5mins) by him is also very accessible.

    25. This was a sort of random pick for me, just something that seemed interesting when I was browsing lecture series at the library looking for my next listen. It was a bit different than the title lead me to expect; I thought it would focus more on what is known about how the mind works, and how this leads to false assumptions and perceptions. And part of it was exactly about that, but it also talked a lot about logic and fallacies and how science works (or should work), and how to be skeptical. Th [...]

    26. This is perhaps one of my all-time favorite course in the entire "The Great Courses" collection. This is one of those books (or audio) that will teach you how to be a true skeptic regarding three specific areas:-The way your mind is set up-The way you experience the world-The way society (in its interactive mode) experiences the worldOur mind (as the emergent property of brain activity) is deceptive, because it is forged out of the need to survive given different circumstances of our evolutionar [...]

    27. Professor Steven NovellaGreat lecture series and perfect narration, very enjoyableI loved professor novella's 'however' and 'therefore' Lecture 3: Perception* Our perception is not accurate because our brains reconstruct every image every time we try to recall it * Optical illusions exploit the process of reconstructing these images * Professor Novella gave a lot of examples and stories. Stories of people seeing UFOs is an example * The brain makes a lot of assumptions about sizes, shades and di [...]

    28. I was super-excited about this book as the modern guide on critical thinking, just to find out it's all the work everybody else has already done. Also, there is what I like to call a militant skepticism here. The summary of Steven's approach is: if you can't prove it in a lab, it doesn't exist, and your weak, human mind can't possibly have sensed anything meaningful, and if it did, it would have had to be proven in a lab or it didn't happen.For example, he completely dismisses (indirectly) what [...]

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