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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?
- Post hoc ergo propter hoc or False Cause - Correlation does not imply causation
- Theory of Knowledge - Sense Perception
- Fallacies of Reasoning booklet
- Truth Tables booklet (deductive logic)
- Logic in conversation
- FAPSA - Federation of Australian Philosophy in Schools Associations
- Burka ban a headache for a liberal society
- Nietzsche, Friedrich - Beyond Good and Evil
- UNESCO's Philosophy Portal
- Pseudoscience - miracle cure
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- Anti-social media
- Science, misinformation and dissent
- Refugees and moral obligation
- Philosophy in a nutshell pt 6: Becoming a woman
- Philosophy in a nutshell pt 5: Ubuntu
- Philosophy in a nutshell pt 4: Nietzsche and nihilism
- Philosophy in a nutshell pt 3: Derrida and the text
- Philosophy in a nutshell pt 2: Confucius, wealth and politics
- Teaching Racial Justice Isn’t Racial Justice
- How to Reopen the American Mind
- How Should an Atheist Think About Death?
- What Moral Philosophy Tells Us About Our Reactions to Trump’s Illness
- How to Die (Without Really Trying)
- Faces in a Nursing Home
- Don’t Fear Dying. Fear Violence.
- We Need a Monument to the Unknown America
- Should We Cancel Aristotle?
- Was This Ancient Taoist the First Philosopher of Disability?
- The Green Corridors Initiative
- Governance governing government
- Why print money when we can print wealth?
- Building a resilient health and care system
- We'll always have Paris?
- Experimentation and equity in global cities
- Technology-enabled deliberative democracy
- Healthier placemaking
- Creating a sovereign wealth fund in Wolverhampton
- Economic recovery and climate action
- Misinformation Has Created a New World Disorder
- The Psychology of Giving Thanks
- Are Toxic Political Conversations Changing How We Feel about Objective Truth?
- Do Wine over Those Brussels Sprouts
- The Search for Social Identity Leads to "Us" versus "Them"
- How Misinformation Spreads--and Why We Trust It
- The Surprising Mental Toll of COVID
- Scale Up Tutoring to Combat COVID Learning Loss for Disadvantaged Students
- People Drawn to Conspiracy Theories Share a Cluster of Psychological Features
- Yoga May Bolster the Brain Regions Most Affected by Aging
- How COVID-19 human challenge trials work -- and why I volunteered | Sophie Rose
- Could we treat spinal cord injuries with asparagus? | Andrew Pelling
- How quinoa can help combat hunger and malnutrition | Cedric Habiyaremye
- A playful exploration of gender performance | Jo Michael Rezes
- What happens after we develop a COVID-19 vaccine? | Johanna Benesty
- The mood-boosting power of crying | Kathy Mendias
- A magical mantra for nurturing a blissful life | JayaShri Maathaa
- How the new generation of Latinx voters could change US elections | María Teresa Kumar
- To future generations of women, you are the roots of change | Gloria Steinem
- How to be fearless in the face of authoritarianism | Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
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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?