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Your Deceptive Mind: Part 1, The Necessity of Thinking about Thinking

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By Frank Simons

Developing critical thinking skills is empowering and liberating, and it is a defense mechanism against the world that we live in. In this introductory lecture, the concept of metacognition will be introduced and you will learn why it is necessary. In addition, an overview of the purpose of this course will be given, with examples of the importance of critical thinking in everyday life.

Much of what we remember and believe is flawed or simply wrong. Our brains seem to constantly generate false observations, memories, and beliefs—and yet we tend to take the truth of our experiences for granted. In this course, you will learn the many ways in which our brains deceive us and lead us to conclusions that have little to do with reality. You will also learn strategies that can be used to combat the mind’s many deceptions.

By the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of what constitutes critical thinking and why we all so desperately need it. Left to our own devices—what psychologists call the default mode of human thinking—we are subject to the vagaries of perception and memory, and slaves to our emotional needs and biases.

The skills taught in this course will help you operate on the metacognitive level so that you can think about the process of your own thinking. The human brain is the universal tool by which we understand ourselves and the universe in which we live. By understanding the nature of human cognition and the methods of thinking clearly and critically, we can avoid common errors and make the best use of our minds.

The course is presented by Steven Novella, MD, Academic Neurologist, Yale School of Medicine. He is host and producer of the award-winning podcast, “The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe.” He writes a regular column for Skeptical Inquirer. He maintains a personal blog, NeuroLogica Blog, covering news and issues in neuroscience, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society. Dr. Novella is the founder and senior editor of Science-Based Medicine, a group medical and health blog.

There will be an opportunity for discussion following the video.

Presentations of the Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


Video Presentation

Your Deceptive Mind: Part 1, “The Necessity of Thinking about Thinking”

Thu, Jun 28, 5:30pm

Meditation Center

Callejón Blanco 4Y

Free, donations accepted


Frank Simons 044 415 156 1950




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