Critical Thinking

Why people believe in conspiracy theories – and how to change their minds

I’m sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they occupy the empty seats around me. One picks up a discarded newspaper and chuckles derisively as she reads about the latest “alternative facts” peddled by Donald Trump.<p>The others …

Conspiracies

Technology, 21st century skills, and education

As Jon Andrews points out, the education world seems obsessed about framing our thinking around what the future holds, and guestimations of its …

Pedagogy

Medical Education in the Era of Alternative Facts — NEJM

Students currently entering U.S. medical schools arrive in an era of increasing distrust of large institutions, expanded use of social media for …

Medical Education

Tribal Epistemology

In the early days of my skeptical career I spent time investigating and deconstructing classic pseudosciences, like belief in Bigfoot, astrology, …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Are you Staying Relevant to Your Audience?

Because if you aren't, they will find a business that is.<p>When the world changes as rapidly as it does today, one of the greatest challenges we all face in business is staying relevant to our target market. The main reason is that just as the world is changing, so are our customers. They have far …

Walkman

Critical Thinking with Jesse Richardson

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Australian News

The GOP’s Denial of Science Primed Them for the Illogic of Trump

Part of the problem with being a vocal advocate for critical thinking is deciding just which facet of nonsense to spend time fighting. The forces of …

Republicans

5 Ways To Develop Critical Thinking Skills

As we begin a new school year, teachers will focus on teaching and learning. In the 1980s, the focus was on content knowledge and mastery learning. …

Pedagogy

Stop Worrying About Standardized Test Scores. Focus On This Instead.

When my oldest son was learning to read, he would often ask me to help him with certain words.<p>“What’s this say, Mama?” he’d ask.<p>“What do you think?” …

Lifestyle

Ideas (Like the Bad Ones Kids Learn in College) Have Consequences

The most written about story this week has been the Google firestorm. A much less covered story was the taking down (at least temporarily) of a site, …

Education

Science Bits

About the Project<p>Science Bits is a repository of multimedia science lessons grounded in educational research that promotes the change from an …

Learning

Critical thinking in the 'post-truth' age

<i>The following is excerpted from</i> Six Steps to Better Thinking: How to Disagree and Get Along <i></i>d <i>by Christopher DICarlo</i><i>. The book, published this year by</i> …

The Unsolved Mystery Of The Cramer Rant

It is the tenth anniversary of the Cramer rant.<p>Most observers are interested in whether he was correct in his warning.<p>That is the wrong question to …

Business

Are Logical Fallacies Useful?

Understanding the nature of argument and specific logical fallacies is a cornerstone of critical thinking. I was therefore surprised when I read an …

Evidence-Based Medicine

3 Modes Of Thinking: Lateral, Divergent & Convergent Thought

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Creativity

Three ways to raise your kids to solve problems like an entrepreneur

As every parent knows all too well, parenting doesn't come with a handbook. We all just do our best to find the line between protecting our kids and letting them learn from their own experiences. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned parents err too far on the side of caution when their children …

Business (Canada)

Intolerable

I really should know better than to 386 myself, but thismanifestofrom a (former) Googler has me furious.Oh, first of all, let me just get past any …

Sticky Note Fatigue and the Fog of Knowledge

I’m starting to see a slightly disturbing trend in our interactions with senior leadership teams, which I’m calling sticky note fatigue.<p>We UX …

UX Design

With emerging last-mile training programs, is college necessary?

My 11-year-old son Leo has a strange new obsession: the state of Connecticut. It started with a school project but has evolved to ordering Connecticut license plates online, a new favorite baseball team (the minor league Hartford Yard Goats — Go Goats!) and a new hobby: writing Wikipedia entries on …

Education

Staying Ahead of the Robots: What Grads Should Know and Be Able To Do

The automation economy is changing the employment landscape, making it a good time to reconsider the purpose and goals of public education. How do we …

Intelligence

We Know Who He Is

This weekend my twitter feed was all people discussing the Latest Scandal — the dude who wrote a 10 page screed on why women and black people aren’t …

Racism

How do you know that what you know is true? That's epistemology

How do you know what the weather will be like tomorrow? How do you know how old the Universe is? How do you know if you are thinking rationally?<p>These …

Philosophy

8 tips to survive a portfolio presentation

I’ve helped hire designers at IBM, Airbnb, Postmates and here are my tips on killing your presentation:It will never cease to surprise me when a …

Stefan Sagmeister

How to Instantly Discover Your Life's Purpose (and Take Action)

Life is easier (and more enjoyable) to navigate when you know your destination.<p>People are most productive when they have a sense of direction. Navigating the complex geography of your life is much easier and enjoyable after you have a clear understanding of your destination--the purpose of your …

Self-improvement

Do critical thinking skills give graduates the edge?

Two years ago, the accountancy firm EY made an announcement that no doubt sent a shiver down many lecturers’ spines. After failing to find any …

Education

6 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Situation

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critical

How to win an argument (according to science)

Relatively Interesting - Let’s face it: winning an argument is arguably (pun intended) one of the most satisfying things in life. Sure, there’s …

Western Philosophy

How Leaders Can Improve Their Thinking Agility

Not all thinking is created equal. Here's how to get the most out of your brain when it really counts.

Leadership

The role of teaching critical thinking in the days of post-truth

What are the pillars of modern democracy and how can democracy be defended in days of crisis?<p>These questions keep coming to me these days, when …

History

10 Terrific Social Media Classroom Uses That Encourage Critical Thinking

Social media will increasingly pervade the digital classrooms of today and likely those of tomorrow. Because of this, savvy teachers are pondering …

Social Media Marketing