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I highly recommend this to everyone who is old enough to comprehend it. That age will be different for every individual I imagine.
I am a science teacher in Australia and I strongly feel that critical thinking should be explicitly taught in the science syllabus (prior to the senior years).
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Most of The Great Courses provided by Audible, contain valuable and indepth material. I just wished I had listened to this particular course prior to my first year studying Psychology at University. Critical thinking plays a major role in the field of science, and much of what can be gathered in this lecture will prepare you for life at university.
Professor Steven Novella is an amazing lecturer, elaborating on real world applications of critical thinking that can appeal to just about everyone.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Steven Novella?
Yes, I would try another book from The Great Courses but "No" I would not listen to another book by Professor Steven Novella. This is the 2nd Great Courses I have listened to by Professor Novella/
What do you think your next listen will be?
Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition
What aspect of Professor Steven Novella’s performance would you have changed?
The information he presents is almost identical to his Great Course on Medical Myths.
Was Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills worth the listening time?
Yes, I enjoy the information presented in "The Great Courses".
Any additional comments?
I listened to "Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us" by Professor Novella as part of "The Great Courses" a couple of weeks before. I felt that this book was just a rehash of the same information under the guise of a different topic (the mind) as opposed to the Medical Profession. I recommend that users/members take one of Professor Novella's courses and not both since you will be frustrated he just goes over the same information. I do appreciate his "skeptic" approach to issues pertaining to the mind as well as medical profession but once you have heard him once you will understand his approach. I hope this review helps.
220 of 232 people found this review helpful
First off, let me preface this review by saying I was already familiar with Steven Novella through his podcast, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe.
When I heard he had this series of lectures available on Audible, I was quite excited!
I was hoping for a clear, detailed and thorough treatment of Critical Thinking - and Novella delivers in spades, covering topic after topic with a treatment that is brisk, peppered with examples, constructed in a logical and understandable manner and order, and delivered eloquently.
The content is exactly what is says on the tin: if you are interested in Critical Thinking, in knowing how you think and how TO think -- there is no fat here. Logical fallacies and cognitive biases are examined, illustrated and explained.
I would caution the potential listener that this is a series of lectures on a specific subject; I enjoyed it immensely because I happen to be interested in the topic. If I didn't have that interest or I was expecting more of a narrative-type production, I think I would be disappointed.
A further caution: if you have a set of "alternative beliefs", prepare to be challenged! Examine the unfavorable reviews to see this side of things.
However -- and in summary -- if you desire to develop your Critical Thinking skills, to build the sharpest reasoning possible for yourself, or just to explore a scientific approach to understanding how your brain plays tricks on itself, then I give this work the highest recommendation!
204 of 219 people found this review helpful
So as a scientist, this is an area of great personal interest and I've done a huge amount of background reading in this subject. This one book covers all aspects of critical thinking. If you are familiar with this area, then be prepared to hear some of the same examples you will have come across elsewhere, but don't let that put you off. This is clear and well laid out and I wish everyone could listen to it.
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What did you like most about Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?
Overall and excellent overview of the way to attempt to cultivate a rational and balanced view.
Who was your favorite character and why?
There are no characters in this audiobook.
What about Professor Steven Novella’s performance did you like?
As with all the Great Courses the narrator is the expert and thus has a natural passion and thorough knowledge of what they are speaking about. This intimate connection is essential to enjoying an audiobook but is lacking in so many books that have employed professional narrators who clearly have little idea about the tone and rhythm appropriate to the subject matter.
Any additional comments?
I found some of the author's views to be strikingly incoherent.
The author seems to believe that media outlets have sufficient staff to thoroughly investigate an international act of terror, stocks and shares trading by multi-national financial corporations, the CIA/FBI, senior government officials and foreign governments yet he also states that they do not have the resources to employ a qualified science editor to research articles before publishing them.
He also completely ignores the complication of economics and politics that are intertwined with coverage by all modern media outlets whether this be the desire to retain large advertising contracts to the fact that governments have the jurisdiction and power to prevent information that they do not want to be exposed from being broadcast or published through laws that incorporate national security.
The method the author uses to reach his conclusions during some sections of the book are glib, presumptuous and rather hypocritical given the overall lesson of this audio book.
The author's own fallibilities only serve to highlight how easy it is to enter into lazy group think and lose a true sceptic's approach of dissecting and analysing information.
21 of 23 people found this review helpful