Critical Thinking class, Part 1, Class 1

A course of DVDs and discussions. Lectures delivered by Steven Novella in a series called "Your Deceptive Mind" Part 1 covers lectures 1-14 and Part 2 (a separate course) covers 15-24.

Tentative schedule below (subject to change)

Your Deceptive Mind with Steven Novella

Fall 2013

Part 1 (7 classes)

Sep 12  Class 1: The Necessity of Thinking about Thinking and The Neuroscience of Belief

Sep 19  Class 2: Errors of Perception and Flaws and Fabrications of Memory

Sep 26  Class 3: Pattern Recognition – Seeing What’s Not There and Our Constructed Reality

Oct 3  Class 4: The Structure and Purpose of Argument and Logic and Logical Fallacies

Oct 10 Class 5: Heuristics and Cognitive Biases and Poor at Probability – Our Innate Innumeracy

Oct 17  Class 6: Toward Better Estimates of What’s Probable and Culture and Mass Delusions

Oct 24 Class 7: Philosophy and Presuppositions of Science and Science and the Supernatural

Part 2 (5 classes)

Nov 7  Class 1: Varieties and Quality of Scientific Evidence and Great Scientific Blunders

Nov 14  Class 2: Science vs. Pseudoscience and The Many Kinds of Pseudoscience

Nov 21  Class 3: The Trap of Grand Conspiracy Thinking and Denialism – Rejecting Science and History

Dec 5  Class 4: Marketing, Scams, and Urban Legends and Science, Media, and Democracy

Dec 12  Class 5: Experts and Scientific Consensus and Critical Thinking and Science in Your Life

Cost is $20 for either part and $30 for both. $5 for a single class.


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  • Dave E.

    Looking forward to Class 2

    September 13, 2013

  • Rick A.

    I thought the DVDs were excellent, and I enjoyed the later exchange of thoughts. Really appreciate Steve's efforts.

    September 13, 2013

    • Sumina B.

      Agreed! The handouts are very helpful as well. Thanks Steve!

      September 13, 2013

  • Keith F.

    I am looking forward to this class and meeting all of you critical thinkers. Sorry I was late tonight, but will see everyone next week.

    September 12, 2013

  • Phil

    What's the parking situation? On the map I see a parking lot across the street. Does anyone know if that's a pay lot (after 7pm)?

    September 12, 2013

    • Steve B.

      Parking is free in the lot across Speedway ... or on the streets.

      September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for late cancellation, plan to make next week.

    September 12, 2013

  • Tracey

    Work :( will try to read up on the first lesson on my own

    September 12, 2013

  • Beth H.

    I'm not sure if I was counted - but I will be there tonight.

    September 12, 2013

  • Sarah C

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Jakki

    Science vs. superstition...Done hilariously! Thanks for posting that link.

    2 · September 12, 2013

  • Eric

    If I cannot make the first one, would I be lost in later lectures?

    September 11, 2013

    • Steve B.

      Probably not; but that may depend on you and if you can read the materials that come with the dvds.

      September 11, 2013

  • Heather N

    Opening up a spot. Work schedule conflicts.

    September 5, 2013

  • Leonard H.

    I see that the class is full and there's a waiting list. My plan was to skip the first 5 lectures, and start attending with the October 17 lecture. Rather than tie up a seat that someone else could be using, I'm going to drop out. I'll attend the last 7 lectures on a week-by-week basis, depending on the availability of seats. Thanks, Steve, for being so well attuned to what's going on in the intellectual community--and for advising everyone via your meetup site. ~Leonard

    September 4, 2013

  • Leonard H.

    I'm pretty familiar with the material in the first three lectures. I'd like to come to lectures 4-6, if it's allowable to do it that way!

    May 22, 2013

    • Steve B.

      For the most part, TUMC sets the costs, and they have a flat fee for the courses. Once someone has paid they can attend as many or as few as they wish.

      1 · May 22, 2013

    • Steve B.

      We could add the option of $5 for a single class session.

      July 28, 2013

  • Dave E.

    Looking forward to it.

    July 26, 2013

  • Leslie R.

    This sounds like an awesome class! Unfortunately, I have school until 9 on Thur. evenings, so won't be able to attend, but thanks for organizing events like this... I'll attend in the future if I can!

    May 25, 2013

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