- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: The Great Courses
- Audible.com Release Date: July 8, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DTNWF2Q
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Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills Audiobook – Original recording
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I just finished listening to the audiobook today. I've been listening to it over the last two weeks. I do not recall the author ever definitively stating that any field was pseudoscience or that any theory was a conspiracy theory. In fact, he said that there is a continuum between science and pseudoscience, not a sharp border. He did raise concerns about many of fields and theories.
The main point of the whole lecture was to learn how to think, not what to think. In fact, he even states at the end that ironically you must remain skeptical about even what he presented in the course.
If you're looking for an in depth examination of acupuncture, PSI, or UFO's, this isn't the book for you. He gives examples of those topics and many others, and describes how to think critically about them. He doesn't give an in depth treatment of any of those topics in an effort to defend a position on them.
He does give an in depth treatment on critical thinking. If you're looking for a book on that topic, this one is GREAT!
Recommendation for those with a background in mathematical proof or logic:
"Grounds of Validity of the Laws of Logic: Further Consequences of Four Incapacities" by Charles Sanders Peirce (1869)
If only academia didn't chase dead ends... Maybe research has little interest in truth. I'd prefer the former option.
Dr. Novella's understanding of statistics is frighteningly naïve. In particular, his confidence in Bayesian inference. "Truths" derived using Bayesian methods could be accurately described as 'not even wrong'. Ironic. Statistical mistakes
Great stuff. Everybody should listen.
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