Master Cognitive Biases and Improve Your Critical Thinking
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Upgrade Your Mindware! Master Cognitive Biases and Learn New Strategies to Improve the Quality of Your Thinking
4.3 (57 ratings)
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Created by Kevin deLaplante
Last updated 8/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand what cognitive biases are and why they're so important for critical thinking.
  • Understand the concept of "mindware" as a component of improving critical thinking and reasoning.
  • Understand how ignoring cognitive biases can open the door to disastrous decisions, reduced performance and social injustice.
  • Understand why many businesses and industries are offering cognitive bias training to their managers and employees.
  • Be able to describe several important cognitive biases -- such as confirmation bias, pattern-seeking, anchoring, and hindsight bias -- and give examples that illustrate how they operate.
  • Understand what "debiasing" is, and be able to describe several effective strategies for reducing the harmful effects of cognitive biases.
  • Explain why many businesses and organizations resist implementing debiasing strategies.
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  • Students do not need any special background to benefit from this course. Just a willingness to think, learn and discuss!

Critical thinking is one of the most important skills anyone can learn. Let philosopher Kevin deLaplante introduce you to the cutting edge of critical thinking education, with this entertaining and enlightening introduction to cognitive biases and their importance for critical thinking. 

Interest in Cognitive Bias Training Has Exploded

Books and articles on the impact of cognitive biases in business, finance, management, teaching, science, politics, and many other fields, have exploded in popularity in recent years. Many industries have started offering cognitive bias training to management and workers, and the trend is growing. 

Benefits of Understanding and Mastering Cognitive Biases 

Cognitive biases undermine critical thinking by making us vulnerable to faulty beliefs and bad decisions. Cognitive bias training is motivated by a desire to avoid disasters, improve performance, and promote social justice. 

The good news is that there are proven strategies for neutralizing or minimizing the negative effects of cognitive biases. These "debiasing" techniques can be surprisingly simple and effective. 

What You Will Learn in This Course

This course will get you up to speed on what cognitive biases are, why they're important for critical thinking, why cognitive bias training has become popular, and what sorts of "debiasing" techniques have been shown to be effective in improving the quality of thinking and decision-making.

Check out the free preview videos in the "Getting Started" section for a full breakdown of the topics covered in the course, and how the course is organized!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in improving their critical thinking skills.
  • Anyone who wants to learn about what psychology has taught us about human judgment and decision-making over the past forty years.
  • Anyone working in business or other organizations who wants to improve the quality of thinking and decision-making in their organization.
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Curriculum For This Course
50 Lectures
Cognitive Biases and Their Importance for Critical Thinking
2 Lectures 08:19
A Central Aim of Critical Thinking

"Mindware": Tools for Smart Thinking
Why Are So Many Industries Offering Cognitive Bias Training To Their Employees?
5 Lectures 23:57
Why is Everyone Talking About Cognitive Biases?

Reason 1: Avoiding Disasters

Reason 3: Promoting Social Justice

A Gentle Introduction to Cognitive Biases
2 Lectures 03:26
There Are Hundreds of Cognitive Biases

We'll Look at FOUR in Detail
(1) Confirmation Bias
5 Lectures 16:17
What is Confirmation Bias?

Biased Search for Information (I): Interviews and Framing Effects

Biased Search for Information (II): How Questions Can Manipulate Memory

Biased Interpretation of Information: Mulder, Scully and Giant Alien Spiders
(2) Pattern Seeking
5 Lectures 19:07
We're Very Good at Seeing Patterns ... Maybe Too Good

We See Faces Everywhere: Why?

Cognitive Biases and Adaptive Shortcuts

Looking for Meaning in German Carpet Bombing Patterns
(3) The Anchoring Effect
5 Lectures 10:00
What is the Anchoring Effect?

How Much is This Jacket Really Worth?

The Basic Shortcut: "Anchor and Adjust"

Irrelevant Anchors: Judges Literally Roll Dice on Damages

How to Use Anchoring to Manipulate Public Opinion
(4) Hindsight Bias
3 Lectures 09:41
What Is Hindsight Bias?

How Hindsight Bias is Demonstrated

Hindsight Bias, 9-11 and Earthquake Prediction
Introduction to Debiasing Strategies
4 Lectures 06:41

What is Debiasing?

Debiasing the Decision-Maker

3 More Sections
About the Instructor
Kevin deLaplante
4.5 Average rating
866 Reviews
28,315 Students
3 Courses
PhD, Lead Instructor, Critical Thinker Academy

I'm a philosopher of science by training, and I've taught philosophy and critical thinking at the university level for twenty years.

From 2009-2013 I was Chair of the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Iowa State University.

In 2015 I left my tenured academic job to pursue a career as an independent online educator. I produce video tutorial courses on topics in science, philosophy, critical thinking and communication skills.

I currently live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with my wife and family.