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Skepticism 101 : how to think like a scientist

Author: Michael Shermer; Recorded Books, LLC.; Teaching Company.
Publisher: [Chantilly, Va.] : Teaching Co., [2013]
Series: Great courses (Compact disc)
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman said, "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself- and you are the easiest person to fool." These words are no less insightful today than they were when he wrote them in 1985. Despite our best efforts, we are all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence- and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are. Our brains  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Shermer; Recorded Books, LLC.; Teaching Company.
ISBN: 9781490659381 1490659382
OCLC Number: 906966615
Notes: Compact disc.
Performer(s): Lecturer: Professor Michael Shermer, Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University.
Description: 9 audio discs (approximately 9 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Disc 1. Lecture 1. The virtues of skepticism ; lecture 2. Skepticism and science --
disc 2. lecture 3. Mistakes in thinking we all make ; lecture 4. Cognitive biases and their effects --
disc 3. lecture 5. Wrong thinking in everyday life ; lecture 6. The neuroscience of belief --
disc 4. lecture 7. The paranormal and the supernatural ; lecture 8. Science versus pseudoscience --
disc 5. lecture 9. Comparing SETI and UFOlogy ; lecture 10. Comparing evolution and creationism --
disc 6. lecture 11. Science, history, and pseudohistory ; lecture 12. The lure of conspiracy theories --
disc 7. lecture 13. Inside the modern cult ; lecture 14. The psychology of religious belief --
disc 8. lecture 15. The God question ; lecture 16. Without God, does anything go? --
disc 9. lecture 17. Life, death, and the afterlife ; lecture 18. Your skeptical toolkit.
Series Title: Great courses (Compact disc)
Responsibility: Michael Shermer.

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"Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman said, "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself- and you are the easiest person to fool." These words are no less insightful today than they were when he wrote them in 1985. Despite our best efforts, we are all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence- and it doesn't matter how educated or well read we are. Our brains seem to be hardwired to have our beliefs come first and explanations for our beliefs second. And although we are skilled at recognizing the cognitive biases in other people's thinking, we often have blinders on when it comes to our own. Professor Michael Shermer of Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University calls the hallmarks of skepticism the "best tools ever devised in human history for thinking about anything," including life's biggest questions. In Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist, he reveals how to use these concepts and techniques to better comprehend the world around you. Over the course of 18 thought-provoking lectures that will surprise, challenge, and entertain you, you will learn how to think, not just what to think- and you'll come to understand why extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."--Course description from distributor's web page.

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