Most professions these days require more than general intelligence. They require in addition the ability to collect, analyze and think about data. Personal life is enriched when these same skills are applied to problems in everyday life involving judgment and choice. This course presents basic concepts from statistics, probability, scientific methodology, cognitive psychology and cost-benefit theory and shows how they can be applied to everything from picking one product over another to critiquing media accounts of scientific research. Concepts are defined briefly and breezily and then applied to many examples drawn from business, the media and everyday life.
Mindware: Critical Thinking for the Information AgeUniversity of Michigan
About this Course
Skills you will gain
- Sunk Costs
- Cost–Benefit Analysis
- Cognitive Bias
- Data Analysis
- Statistical Inference
Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Lesson 1: Statistics
Lesson 2: The Law of Large Numbers
Lesson 3: Correlation
Lesson 4: Experiments
Lesson 5: Prediction
Lesson 6: Cognitive Biases
Lesson 7: Choosing and Deciding
Lesson 8: Logic and Dialectical Reasoning
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TOP REVIEWS FROM MINDWARE: CRITICAL THINKING FOR THE INFORMATION AGE
In my opinion, a must-take course. Hopefully someday it will be included as mandatory curriculum for public high schoolers all around the world.
This has been most excellent.
I found the baserate false alarm rate examples particularly useful and am inspired to use this in a new context
Excellent! A very informative course delivered in a very effective manner. I would highly recommend this course to all who have any interest at all in critical thinking.
The professor was excellent and the whole course was very much easy to follow. I enjoyed the exercises and the information learned was precise.
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