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- A nice Philosophy of Mind summary
- The power of categorical logic
- What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?
- Paralympic athletes faster than olympic athletes — what does this tell us about difference?
- Logic: if + then = why? How can we understand the power of logic?
- How do we ensure we are exposed to new ideas? A parody with bite.
- A Life of Meaning (Reason Not Required) – What is the nature of our relationship with reason?
- Can you name this cognitive bias?
- By what measures can we value human life?
- Teaching philosophy improves standardised scores
- Are we in control of our own decisions?
- Neuroscience and education: myths and messages
- Free will is not as free as we think – and that’s ok.
- Where’s the Proof in Pseudoscience?
- Science in the lead?
- IB Philosophy Diploma from 2002
- Natural Deduction booklet (deductive logic)
- Evolution and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
- Watch what you think....
- The Fallacy of 'Deepest Offence'
- Valid Arguments, Tautologies and Formal Fallacies (deductive logic)
- Happiness, Philosophy and Science
- Scientists and Global Warming (Does the analogy hold?)
- What Price for a Human Life?
- Did aversion to bitter tastes evolve into moral disgust?
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- I’m for Affirmative Action. Can You Change My Mind?
- What Does It Mean to ‘Speak as a Woman’?
- Knowledge, Ignorance and Climate Change
- How Would You Draw History?
- How to Fix Fake News
- What ‘Justice’ Really Means
- Trump’s New Taunt, Kavanaugh’s Defense and How Misogyny Rules
- Nietzsche Made Me Do It
- Wittgenstein’s Confession
- The Ethics of Education in the Secular State
- Phil Witte’s Cartoon
- News: December 2018 / January 2019
- Brains, Minds, Selves
- The Light From Our Eyes
- Philosophy for the Young, Medieval Style
- I Am Not A Brain by Markus Gabriel
- Should We Pursue Happiness?
- Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894)
- The Case Against Conceptual Art
- Making deliberative democracy work
- Community café
- The progressive case against UBI
- Waking up to gender inequality
- Walking the tightrope on the future of work
- Design Thinking for Writing
- Inclusivity comes from respect not indignity
- Adventure learning at Crystal Palace Park
- Work and the Transition Myth
- Prehistoric Viruses and the Function of the Brain
- 3 Cheers for Metacognition
- Why Do People Mistake Narcissism for High Self-Esteem?
- Who's a Smart Dog?!
- A New Connection between the Gut and Brain
- How to Overcome Feelings of Shame
- The Hippies Were Right: It's All about Vibrations, Man!
- Kids Today Are Being Socialized to Think They're Fragile Snowflakes
- Bad First Impressions Are Not Set in Stone
- More Than a Third of Female Suicides Are Committed by Indian Women
- 3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview | J. Marshall Shepherd
- How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore
- The work that makes all other work possible | Ai-jen Poo
- A lesson on looking | Amy Herman
- How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli
- 3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do | Stacey Abrams
- Confessions of a recovering micromanager | Chieh Huang
- Me Too is a movement, not a moment | Tarana Burke
- The story of Marvel's first queer Latina superhero | Gabby Rivera
- 100 solutions to reverse global warming | Chad Frischmann
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Category Archives: Critical Thinking
The sum of all knowledge in two books…
There’s a big difference between science and pseudoscience. But if people don’t understand how science works in the first place, it’s very easy for them to fall for the pseudoscience. Source: What exactly is the scientific method and why do … Continue reading
Assuring users that the company’s entire team of engineers was working hard to make sure a glitch like this never happens again, Facebook executives confirmed during a press conference Tuesday that a horrible accident last night involving the website’s algorithm … Continue reading
If philosophy is to stay relevant, it must bridge the gap between feeling, thought and reason. Few would disagree with two age-old truisms: We should strive to shape our lives with reason, and a central prerequisite for the good life … Continue reading
The Fallen of World War II from Neil Halloran on Vimeo. It can clearly be challenging to convey the magnitude of loss after a tragedy, particularly when that number is in the tens of millions, yet that is precisely what … Continue reading
Want to improve NAPLAN scores? Teach children philosophy Latest figures show that student scores in reading, writing, language and numeracy have failed to improve despite schools receiving record funding over the past few years. The National Assessment Program – Literacy … Continue reading
Dan Ariely — One of the most significant of TED talks for understanding how we think.
NATURE REVIEWS | NEUROSCIENCE Abstract: For several decades, myths about the brain — neuromyths — have persisted in schools and colleges, often being used to justify ineffective approaches to teaching. Many of these myths are biased distortions of scientific fact. … Continue reading
Peter Ellerton, The Conversation Contrast this with homeopathy, a field that has generated no discernible growth in knowledge or practice. While the use of modern scientific language may make it sound more impressive, there is no corresponding increase in knowledge … Continue reading
Peter Ellerton, The Conversation What’s particularly disturbing about current science education at the primary, secondary and tertiary level is the almost complete lack of explicit consideration of what I’ve referred to as the “nature of science”. Not only are many … Continue reading
Alex Rosenburg, The Stone. It is often said that we can never truly know the minds of others, because we can’t “get inside their heads.” Our ability to know our own minds, though, is rarely called into question. It is … Continue reading
Exploring the relationship between cognitive skills and the values of inquiry. Grey boxes describe student work. This can be used to generate rubrics. CT Matrix
A model for understanding effective thinking through categorising key educational ideas and examining the relationships between them. Skills Values and Virtues of Inquiry
Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland Belief in a flat Earth seems a bit like the attempt to eradicate polio – just when you think it’s gone, a pocket of resistance appears. … Continue reading
Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland When a group of Australians was asked why they believed climate change was not happening, about one in three (36.5%) said it was “common sense”, according to a report published last year by the … Continue reading
Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland A new paper on teaching critical thinking skills in science has pointed out, yet again, the value of giving students experiences that go beyond simple recall or learned procedures. It is a common lamentation … Continue reading
Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland The old adage that children should be seen and not heard is nothing but wishful thinking. Children are naturally inquisitive and they usually can’t help verbalising their curiosity. Asking “why?” is the most natural … Continue reading
More from Dilbert
Discuss (1) this analogy and the (2) image below. (1) Here is the source article for the analogy. “That’s the thing. The reason why we would be hesitant to endorse it is that – what normal person would be paid to do something so … Continue reading