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- Misunderstanding Statistics
- How to teach all students to think critically
- Who is ‘you’?
- The 2015 Queensland Philosophy and Reason syllabus
- Are we individual or social creatures?
- The Ethics of Robot Cars
- Free Will and the Genome Project
- Watch what you think….
- Hume’s criticism of the design argument
- Another resource for Fallacies of Reasoning
- Biased sample? Circular reasoning?
- Science and Conspiracy
- The Limits of Imagination
- What use Philosophy?
- Truth Puzzles booklet
- I'll be a Monkey's Uncle - or Nephew, in this case. (A novel appeal to association)
- Scientific Theory vs Scientific Law
- Philosophy of Mind website
- The Ethics of Robot Cars
- Dilbert Confirmation Bias
- Happiness, Philosophy and Science
- Theory of Knowledge Web Site
- Humbug! The skeptic's fieldguide to spotting fallacies in thinking
- Why should I respect oppressive religions?
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- Can Torture Ever Be Moral?
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- Why Life Is Absurd
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- Black Lives: Between Grief and Action
- Should We Believe in Santa Claus?
- Free the Philosophical Beast
- Did Salaita Cross the Line of ‘Civility’?
- The Impossible, the Improbable, the Flash & the Hobbit
- What is the Worst Thing You Should (Be Allowed to) Say?
- Should Two Year Colleges Be Free?
- Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?
- Group Responsibility
- A Bubble of Digits
- Student Evaluations of Faculty
- Of Lies & Disagreements
- Education & Gainful Employment
- Can games technology revive place-making?
- Do politicians need a social licence?
- Is the future of cities smart?
- Ethics in Business
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- Can we own the news?
- Community Venturing – Is it Business Venturing?
- The best candidate will (probably) be disabled
- Heritage Exchange 2014: Forging the next generation of heritage thinking
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- Review: Your Brain
- Kids Sustain 240 Head Hits on Average During Football Season
- Calisthenics for a Child's Mind
- Super Bowl Success May Go to Late-Risers
- New Technologies Track Our Eyes—And Read Our Minds
- Climate Influences Language Evolution
- Unconscious Thought Not So Smart after All
- Molecular Clocks throughout Body, Not Just Brain, Keep Tissues Humming
- As Cuba–U.S. Relations Thaw, Medical Researchers Still Struggle to Connect
- Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned
- TED: Bassam Tariq: The beauty and diversity of Muslim life - Bassam Tariq (2014)
- TED: Khadija Gbla: My mother’s strange definition of empowerment - Khadija Gbla (2014)
- TED: Severine Autesserre: To solve mass violence, look to locals - Severine Autesserre (2014)
- TED: Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it - Miguel Nicolelis (2014)
- TED: Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are - Morgana Bailey (2014)
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- TED: Matthieu Ricard: How to let altruism be your guide - Matthieu Ricard (2014)
- TED: Cristina Domenech: Poetry that frees the soul - Cristina Domenech (2014)
- TED: Robert Muggah: How to protect fast-growing cities from failing - Robert Muggah (2014)
Another Dilbert moment…
All first year students at the University of Technology Sydney could soon be required to take a compulsory maths course in an attempt to give them some numerical thinking skills.
The new course would be an elective next year and mandatory in 2016 with the university’s deputy vice-chancellor for education and students Shirley Alexander saying the aim is to give students some maths “critical thinking” skills.
This is a worthwhile goal, but what about critical thinking in general?
Most tertiary institutions have listed among their graduate attributes the ability to think critically. This seems a desirable outcome, but what exactly does it mean to think critically and how do you get students to do it?
Did you know Queensland has Taught Philosophy and Logic as a senior subject for around 100 years? Here is the new syllabus. Notice the focus on the skill of argumentation.
How about robot cars with ethics settings adjusted to suite the driver?
Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings
Here’s a PDF
What you think is right may actually be wrong – here’s why
We like to think that we reach conclusions by reviewing facts, weighing evidence and analysing arguments. But this is not how humans usually operate, particularly when decisions are important or need to be made quickly.
What we usually do is arrive at a conclusion independently of conscious reasoning and then, and only if required, search for reasons as to why we might be right.
The first process, drawing a conclusion from evidence or facts, is called inferring; the second process, searching for reasons as to why we might believe something to be true, is called rationalising.
A useful resource produced by NASA debunking claims that the moon landings were faked.
A useful teaching resource in deductive logic. Booklet of logic puzzles.
From NYTimes – By GARY GUTTING, The Stone
Link – As a philosophy professor, I spend much of my time thinking about the arguments put forward by professional philosophers. As a citizen (and an occasional columnist for The Stone), I also spend lots of time thinking about the arguments put forward by Democrats and Republicans on currently disputed political issues.
If ‘I’ change ‘my’ mind? Then where do ‘I’ fit in?