The course will explore everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how they form and change their opinions, why their expectations skew their judgments, and how they can make better decisions. During this course they will discuss and debate on topics such as medical diagnosis, paranormal phenomena, placebos, miracles and more. Candidate will learn how to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, and understand why he so often make irrational choices.
He will begin to rely on slow, effortful, deliberative, analytic, and logical thinking rather than fast, automatic, instinctive, emotional, and stereotypical thinking. The course provides tools for how to think independently, how to be skeptical, and how to value data over personal experience. The course will examine the mental shortcuts and rules-of-thumb that people use and misuse, and apply this knowledge to everyday situations to help make better decisions.
The Think101 team has travelled far and wide to film conversations with some very clever people including: Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel in economic science award; Elizabeth Loftus who pioneered the study of false memories; and even the Myth Busters about testing claims and distinguishing between fact and fiction. the team met 21 leading thinkers from across the world and combined hundreds of hours of conversations, demonstrations, and assessment into short episodes on how to evaluate claims, learn and remember information better, and improve everyday thinking.
Course starts: 2nd March, 2014
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