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Critical Thinking for the Information Age

Most professions these days require more than general intelligence. They require in addition the ability to collect, analyze and think about data. Personal life is enriched when these same skills are applied to problems in everyday life involving judgment and choice. This course presents basic concepts from statistics, probability, scientific methodology, cognitive psychology and cost-benefit theory and shows how they can be applied to everything from picking one product over another to critiquing media accounts of scientific research. Concepts are defined briefly and breezily and then applied to many examples drawn from business, the media and everyday life. What kinds of things will you learn? Why it’s usually a mistake to interview people for a job. Why it’s highly unlikely that, if your first meal in a new restaurant is excellent, you will find the next meal to be as good. Why economists regularly walk out of movies and leave restaurant food uneaten. Why getting your picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated usually means your next season is going to be a disappointment. Why you might not have a disease even though you’ve tested positive for it. Why you’re never going to know how coffee affects you unless you conduct an experiment in which you flip a coin to determine whether you will have coffee on a given day. Why it might be a mistake to use an office in a building you own as opposed to having your office in someone else’s building. Why you should never keep a stock that’s going down in hopes that it will go back up and prevent you from losing any of your initial investment. Why it is that a great deal of health information presented in the media is misinformation.

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Rating 4.8 based on 83 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study; 3-4 hours/week
Starts Nov 11 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Michigan via Coursera
Instructor Richard E. Nisbett
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Personal Development Psychology

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critical thinking in 5 reviews

The pace of the course provides a comprehensive refresher of the fundamentals of critical thinking, logic, and reasoning.

It presents the matter of critical thinking in a pretty abstract away allowing to cover a lot of subjects while also presenting the most important aspects.

Critical Thinking.

Everyone should know the basics of the critical thinking especially in today's world when most of our decisions are influenced by news and social media.

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very helpful in 4 reviews

Crisp and fun Well structured course and very helpful.

The course was very helpful to deal with the huge amount of unfiltered information in an appropriately critical way.

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every day in 3 reviews

It is a comprehensive review for those of us working with data every day.

I observed changes in my way of analyzing information in every day life.

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cognitive biases in 3 reviews

The course helped me to think more clearly and avoid cognitive biases.

Explains basics of correlation, causation, std deviation, 5-6 cognitive biases and logical reasoning/thinking.

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dr. nisbett in 3 reviews

Thanks Dr. Nisbett.

Learning and applying the thinking skills and analytical tools outlined by Dr. Nisbett have a tremendous positive effect on how I look at things in both a business and personal situations.

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daily life in 3 reviews

I think it's very helpful in daily life.

The professor is likable, the content is engaging and accessible, and the lessons are applicable to everyone's daily life in both personal and professional situations.

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Rating 4.8 based on 83 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study; 3-4 hours/week
Starts Nov 11 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Michigan via Coursera
Instructor Richard E. Nisbett
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Personal Development Psychology

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