In this course, you will :
- The capacity to think and argue more clearly and persuasively.
- Critical thinking abilities for work, school, and life.
- Discover some of the most useful material I've created as a professional philosopher at Oxford and London Universities.
1. Giving An Argument
- What Is An Argument?
- Distinguishing Arguments From Disagreements And Explanations
- Good vs. Bad Arguments
- Hasty Generalisation
- Slippery Slope Fallacy
- The Ad Hominem Fallacy
- False Dilemma
- The Post Hoc Fallacy
- The Strawman Fallacy
- Affirming the Consequent
3. When It Is And Isn't Reasonable To Trust Appearance
- Trusting Our Senses
- When It Is Reasonable To Trust Our Senses
- When We Shouldn't Trust Our Senses
- Believing What We Are Told
- When You Do Need An Argument
4. Cognitive Biases
- Fast vs Slow Thinking and The Linda Problem
- Pareidolia: The Mars Face Effect
- The Power of Suggestion and The Placebo Effect
- The Anchoring Effect: Steve Jobs and The Ipad Launch
- The Gambler's Fallacy: Why The Monte Carlo Gamblers Lost Millions
- Confirmation Bias : Is Sarah An Excellent Shot?
- Memory And The Misinformation Effect
- The Barnum Effect - And The Strange Case of Murderer Petiot's Astrological Chart
- Debiasing Strategies - protecting your company, your organisation, yourself
5. Arguments And Science
- Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
- Inductive and Deductive Reasoning in Science
6. Weighing Up The Evidence
- What is evidence?
- What Makes Evidence Strong?
- Bloodletting And The Barbershop Pole
- Testing Bloodletting, and Clever Hans the Horse
- Cognitive Dissonance and The UFO Cult
- Explaining Away The Evidence: 'Dogs Are Spies From The Planet Venus!'