CRITICAL THINKING THE ESSENTIAL
In this course, you will discover not Just what critical thinking is but also why it is so vitally important to both your professional and personal growth. Critical thinking is a discipline and a skill - one that will allow you to make decisions that are the product of rational thought, Critical thinking will enable you to think at the highest level you are capable of. Becoming a critical thinker will enhance your ability to make better decisions and create better solutions
THE ROLE OF LOGIC IN RATIONAL THINKING
Understanding the principles of logic enables you to evaluate arguments and to better distinguish between good and bad reasoning, between truth and falsehood. By developing a grasp of formal and informal logic, you will improve your ability to evaluate ideas or claims others propose, make good decisions, and form sound judgments. The ability to discern a valid argument from a false one is an important skill and a key aspect of critical thinking.
FORMAL LOGIC: IDENTIFYING AND REFUTING 'LOGICAL FALLACIES'
Logical fallacies are statements that seem to be true until you apply the rules of logic to them. Logical fallacies are often used to mislead you to trick you into believing something you otherwise would not. If logical fallacies take you in, the false conclusions they lead to can result in decisions you make is later regretted. Logical fallacies are examples of informal logic and are common. In this important module, you will learn to identify and refute many logical fallacies,
ACQUIRING POWERFUL MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION SKILLS
To master your memory is to invite success in your career, in education and in your relationships. A trained memory is an absolute necessity for today’s administrative professional. In your work life as well as in your social life, the ability to remember names and faces, verbal instructions, and be able to deliver a speech, conduct a presentation or offer a toast without the need for written notes is of immeasurable importance. At the Critical Thinking and Influential Leadership Course, you will develop these and other essential mnemonic skills.
DECISION-MAKING FOR MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES
More than at any time in the past, leaders today face many additional circumstances and challenges that require exceptional critical thinking and decision-making capabilities. Critical thinking skills can bring about an immensely positive change in your life. It is no exaggeration to say that the quality of your life depends in large measure on the quality of the decisions you make. In today’s competitive environment, the ability to think logically and make decisions rationally and intelligently is no longer an option - it’s an imperative!
THE PERVASIVENESS OF BULLSHIT
One of the most distinguishing features of our culture and society is that there is bullshit everywhere and each of us contributes his or her share.
Bullshit is pervasive. In politics, in the media, advertising, education, the arts,
and, of course, in religion. Bullshit misleads and therefore bullshit harms. There is a lot at stake here. In this section, Dr. Douglas will discuss what bullshit is, how to identify it, and how to call it.