CRITICAL THINKING THE ESSENTIAL
In this course, you will discover not Just what critical thinking is but also why it is so vitally important to both your professional and personal growth. Critical thinking is both a discipline and a skill - one that will allow you to make decisions that are the product of rational thought. Critical thinking will enable you to think at the highest level you are capable of. Becoming a critical thinker will expand your skills as an administrative professional by enhancing your ability to make better decisions and create better solutions
THE ROLE OF LOGIC IN RATIONAL THINKING
Understanding the principles of logic enables you to evaluate arguments and to better distinguish between good and bad reasoning - between truth and falsehood. By developing a grasp of formal and informal logic, you will improve your ability to evaluate the claims others propose, thereby making better decisions, and forming more sound judgments. The ability to discern a valid argument from a false one is an important skill and a key aspect of critical thinking.
INFORMAL LOGIC: IDENTIFYING AND REFUTING 'LOGICAL FALLACIES'
Logical fallacies are statements that seem to be true until you apply the rules of logic to them. Logical fallacies are often used to mislead you; to trick you into believing something you otherwise would not. If you've taken in by logical fallacies, the false conclusions they lead to can result in decisions you may well later regret. Logical fallacies are examples of informal logic and are common. In this important module, you will learn to identify and refute the fifty most common and dangerous logical fallacies.
THE PERVASIVENESS OF BULLSHIT
One of the most distinguishing features of our culture and society is that there is bullshit everywhere and each of us contributes his or her share.
Bullshit is pervasive. In politics, in the media, advertising, education, the arts,
and, of course, in religion. Bullshit misleads and therefore bullshit harms. There is a lot at stake here. In this section, Dr. Douglas will discuss what bullshit is, how to identify it, and how to call it.