Critical Thinking: How the mind works and how it too often screws up.

October topic: Cognitive Psychology/Thinking Mistakes. Humanists of Minnesota is pleased to sponsor an integrated series of sessions--in essence, a course--entitled “Thinking Critically, Thinking Effectively.” Conducted by Jerry Smith, a professor at the University of Northern Iowa, this course consists of ten sessions, to be offered one per month beginning in September. It is based on a course he teaches to undergraduate business majors at UNI. As suggested by its title, the course covers traditional “critical thinking” topics, but it also addresses topics like creativity, problem solving, and decision making. Thus, broadly understood, it’s about “effective thinking.”

The October session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13th at the St Anthony Park Library in St. Paul. The formal presentation will begin at 3pm but participants are encouraged to come any time after 2:30pm to socialize. Future meetings will be at the Hamline-Midway St. Paul Public Library.

Critical thinking is an essential skill for the humanist lifestance, and many of us are quick to credit ourselves with that attribute.  But critical thinking is also a habit that needs to be  practiced and reinforced.  This in-depth "course" that emanated from the Habits of Humanism series last spring will help attendees foster good mental habits more consistently. While there is some “content-dependency” across sessions—later sessions might refer to material covered in earlier ones—interested parties can benefit from and are welcome to attend any sessions that fit their interests and schedules.

For more details on this course and a brief synopsis of each of the ten sessions, check out the Habits of Humanism page on our website at:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting.

    October 13, 2012

  • Andre G.

    great examples

    October 13, 2012

  • Christine M

    I am sorry that I did not receive the e-mail in time to attend. I was bumped up from the waiting list today, but didn't check my mail.

    October 13, 2012

  • Tomomi

    I'll probably bus it, but if anyone is coming from near the university, it would simplify things. (I totaled my car.)

    October 11, 2012

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