Mastering Logical Fallacies
What you'll learn
- notice an improvement in their reasoning and ability to make better decisions
- recognize bad arguments more easily
- articulate why an argument is bad
- understand over 100 of the most common logical fallacies
- Students are expected to have a high-school level vocabulary and reading comprehension in the English language.
This is a crash course, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this course is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning.
Significantly Improve the Way You Reason and Make Decisions
- Learn how to recognize bad arguments
- Be able to articulate why an argument is bad
- Learn important details on over 100 of the most common logical fallacies
Mastering Logical Fallacies
Fallacies have been around since the ancient Greek philosophers, and perhaps since the dawn of communication. Since the advent of social media, they seem to be around a lot more. Through mastering logical fallacies, you can not only correct others when they display a lapse in reasoning, but you can prevent yourself from making similar reasoning faux pas. You will be doing your part in making the world a more reasonable place.
Unlike other mentions of logical fallacies, the instructor goes into depth discussing many of the cognitive aspects of why we commit these fallacies and why we fall for them, offering academic insight in the world of logical fallacies.
Contents and Overview
This course contains 92 lectures and over 5 and a half hours of content. Each section concludes with a quiz that will help you remember what has been learned.
While this course is written for the layperson, some concepts which may be new to you but play an important role in reasoning are introduced, in section1 we will cover the basics of reasoning, arguments, beliefs, fallacies, rationality, and being a smart-ass. In sections 2–18 we will go over in detail the most common logical fallacies, the variations of those fallacies, psychological reasons behind them, examples, and exceptions.
By the end of this course, you should be more confident in your ability to engage in rational arguments as well as present your own arguments.
Who this course is for:
- The ideal student is one who values reason and logic, and is tired of watching people get away with bad arguments just because they sound good.
Dr. Bennett's personal motto is "Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime." Much of his work is in the area of education—not teaching people what to think, but how to think. He is the author of seven books, a podcast host, an entrepreneur, and a adjunct professor of psychology.
Dr. Bennett's holds a PhD in social psychology, with a master's degree in general psychology and bachelor's degree in marketing. His complete bio along with current projects can be found on his personal website.