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Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills Publisher's Summary

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever.

These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life. By immersing yourself in the science of cognitive biases and critical thinking, and by learning how to think about thinking (a practice known as metacognition), you'll gain concrete lessons for doing so more critically, more intelligently, and more successfully.

The key to successful critical thinking lies in understanding the neuroscience behind how our thinking works - and goes wrong; avoiding common pitfalls and errors in thinking, such as logical fallacies and biases; and knowing how to distinguish good science from pseudoscience. Professor Novella tackles these issues and more, exploring how the (often unfamiliar) ways in which our brains are hardwired can distract and prevent us from getting to the truth of a particular matter.

Along the way, he provides you with a critical toolbox that you can use to better assess the quality of information. Even though the world is becoming more and more saturated information, you can take the initiative and become better prepared to make sense of it all with this intriguing course.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • Written by: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven Novella
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite audible book

    • By JG on 2018-01-30

    Regular price: CDN$ 46.98

    • Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

    • Written by: Michael Shermer, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael Shermer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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    Despite our best efforts, we're all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are.

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    • Effective Communication Skills

    • Written by: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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    From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wish I could buy this for every human being

    • By Lila Klassen on 2018-09-19

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    • The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

    • Written by: John R. Hale, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John R. Hale
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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    Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you're looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. As you'll learn in these 12 invaluable lectures, all it takes is confidence, practice, and the knowledge of techniques and strategies used by history's greatest public speakers. Whether you want to finally become the confident public speaker you've always wanted to be or are just looking for fresh advice on how to strengthen your skills, this inspiring course is packed with practical advice.

    Regular price: CDN$ 16.12

    • The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond

    • Written by: Michael Dues, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael Dues
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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    In 24 lectures brimming with practical tips, tools, and techniques everyone can use to better manage conflict in his or her professional and personal lives, gain the essential skills of conflict management. As presented by Professor Dues, these lectures will show you how to effectively deal with conflicts of all kinds, using the "win-win" model that has dominated the field for the past six decades.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful lecture on a hard topic.

    • By Thomas Reneau on 2018-09-16

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    • The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

    • Written by: Hannah B. Harvey, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Hannah B. Harvey
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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    An absolute treat for the heart and mind, these 24 lectures demonstrate how to master the art of storytelling, offering insight into the process of crafting and delivering a tale to enhancing the stories you tell everyday-to your children at bedtime, in your conversational anecdotes, and in your presentations at work. Teachers, lawyers, clergy, coaches, parents, and anyone who wants to understand the power of stories to capture hearts and minds will benefit from these lessons.

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    • How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication

    • Written by: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
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    Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it's one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • pretty basic

    • By pnogas on 2018-06-22

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    • Strategic Thinking Skills

    • Written by: Stanley K. Ridgley, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Stanley K. Ridgley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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    Start making savvier decisions and outsmart your competitors with greater confidence and ease with this simple and comprehensive guide to the skills, tactics, techniques, tools, case studies, and lessons behind strategic thinking. Professor Ridgley has crafted these 24 lectures as an accessible way to engage with thinking that will help you think-and act-more strategically in business and in your own life, whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or you're preparing to embark on a new career path.

    Regular price: CDN$ 46.98

    • The Creative Thinker's Toolkit

    • Written by: Gerard Puccio, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gerard Puccio
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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    According to the latest scientific research, anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively, which involves taking a more imaginative approach to the challenges we all face. Learn how to wield the same research-based tools that today's creative people use and tap into your inner creative thinker with Professor Puccio's engaging 24-lecture series that takes you step-by-step through the creative-thinking process.

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    • Influence

    • Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill
    • Written by: Kenneth G. Brown, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth G. Brown
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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    Don't just let influence just happen to you. Instead, take charge of your life by grasping the science behind how influence works and by strengthening your own skills at using it to your advantage. In this dynamic 12-lecture series, you'll discover how to tap into the hidden powers of influence - and use these powers to enhance your life in ways you never thought possible. Using clear and accessible language, Professor Brown teaches you how and why influence works.

    Regular price: CDN$ 16.12

    • The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

    • Written by: Seth Freeman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Seth Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
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    The course is organized around a mnemonic device, developed by Professor Freeman, that can serve in any negotiation situation. Called "I FORESAW IT," this indispensable framework guides you in assembling the strongest possible case, showing you how to evaluate such factors as creative options, independent criteria, and your best alternative to a negotiated agreement.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting and thorough

    • By libragal on 2018-09-19

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    • How Ideas Spread

    • Written by: Jonah Berger, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jonah Berger
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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    What makes one novel a bestseller, while a similar work languishes unnoticed? Why are the same few baby names suddenly everywhere? Why is everyone talking about that viral video? Welcome to the science of social epidemics: the cutting-edge study of why some ideas, products, and concepts spread wildly, while others quickly flame out. Anyone who has something to sell, a cause to promote, or a message to spread knows that there are obstacles in creating a message that resonates, spreads, and sticks to make their product or idea the word on the street. Enormous sums of time and money have been spent trying to answer the question of why some ideas catch on. And not only is it an ever-present challenge for businesses, governments, and organizations, but it has long been a source of inquiry for psychologists, economists, and sociologists as well.

    Regular price: CDN$ 19.78

    • The Entrepreneur's Toolkit

    • Written by: Michael Goldsby, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldsby
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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    This course teaches you how to be an entrepreneur and how to think like one - skills that are essential whether you are starting a business, expanding an existing business, boosting your career as an employee, pursuing a social cause, or seeking to increase your impact as a teacher, coach, minister, or other professional. Packed with fascinating lessons from legendary entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and Henry Ford, these 24 lectures are entertaining as well as practical.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it!

    • By Karim Dadoun on 2018-08-29

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    • Building a Better Vocabulary

    • Written by: Kevin Flanigan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kevin Flanigan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
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    Building a Better Vocabulary offers an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, teaches you the etymology and morphology - or the history and structure - of words, and delves into the cognitive science behind committing new words to long-term memory. By the end of the 36 enjoyable lectures, you will have a practical framework for continuing to build your vocabulary by discovering new words and fully mastering the nuances of familiar ones.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Dad's Course of Vocab Building

    • By Forest Hoy on 2018-09-18

    Regular price: CDN$ 56.38

    • Critical Business Skills for Success

    • Written by: The Great Courses, Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, and others
    • Narrated by: Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, Michael A. Roberto, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 18 mins
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    What does it take to reach success in business - the kind of success that lasts? How do you set yourself apart from competitors or venture out into different markets? What does it take to develop streamlined processes, become a stronger team leader, and work your way up the corporate ladder?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very heplful

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-19

    Regular price: CDN$ 80.58

    • How the World Learns

    • Comparative Educational Systems
    • Written by: The Great Courses, Alexander W. Wiseman
    • Narrated by: Alexander W. Wiseman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
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    America's blueprint for mass education has been followed across the globe - yet international student assessments show that achievement varies sharply, with the US and much of Europe typically scoring average at best. Not surprisingly, this state of affairs has sparked anxieties about an educational crisis. The problem, if there is one, is highly complex, and in these 24 thought-provoking lectures led by an associate professor of comparative and international education, you'll take a meaningful look at education around the world to understand why.

    Regular price: CDN$ 46.25

    • The Surveillance State

    • Big Data, Freedom, and You
    • Written by: Paul Rosenzweig, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Paul Rosenzweig
    • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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    A man shoots down a drone that is flying over his private property. A retail store uses predictive data analytics to send pregnancy-related advertising to a teenager who has not told her parents about her condition. A police officer places a GPS device on a suspected criminal's car to follow him and build a case against him. The news is full of such stories, in which new technologies lead to dilemmas that could not have been imagined just a few decades ago.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting overview, suitable for a layman

    • By Mary-Anne on 2018-08-02

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    • Understanding Nonverbal Communication

    • Written by: Mark G. Frank, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark G. Frank
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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    In Understanding Nonverbal Communication, you'll discover that nonverbal communication is less intentional and harder to control than the words you choose to speak. Because you are less aware of it than you are of your words, it provides better clues to what you are feeling and thinking.

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    • The Art of Debate

    • Written by: Jarrod Atchison, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jarrod Atchison
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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    If you're like many people, you might associate debate with a school club, or perhaps a TV political debate that features two or more candidates talking over each other. But if these are your only associations with debating, you're missing out on an intellectual pursuit that can help you in all aspects of your daily life. The ability to debate - to present persuasive arguments, pierce the logic of others, and turn the tables against withering cross-examinations - is one of the truest tests of one's intellectual capacity.

    Regular price: CDN$ 46.98

    • Law School for Everyone

    • Written by: The Great Courses, Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, and others
    • Narrated by: Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and others
    • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
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    Over the span of 48 lectures, four experienced lawyers and teachers recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to main areas of law most every beginning student studies. Enriched with famous cases from the annals of American law and powerful arguments by some of history's most successful lawyers, these lectures offer access to an often intimidating, surprisingly accessible, and civically important field.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Keep a note book nearby.

    • By Anonymous User on 2017-12-06

    Regular price: CDN$ 71.17