Videos

Some picks from the web

Funny, witty, deep, for those who prefer learning through video, here are some hand picked selections from the internet. If you think there are some great critical thinking videos we need to know about – give us a shout, we’d love to here about them.

Critical Thinking

Open-mindedness

Critical Thinking Part 1: A Valuable Argument

How to think, not what to think, TEDx

Critical Thinking: Does it Matter?, TEDx

Episode 1.1: Introduction to Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Part 2: Broken Logic

Superstition

Music

Cool songs

Creating a culture around CT can be fun! Check out some of these songs to see for yourself. The 21st Century Monads are an international musical collaboration whose songs address fundamental issues in philosophy. Check them out!

Watch what you say

by: 21st Century Monads

Who is your Interlocutor?

by: 21st Century Monads

The G. E. Moore Shift

by: 21st Century Monads

In the Land of P and Not P

by: 21st Century Monads

The Psychologistic Blues

by: 21st Century Monads

The Transitive Property

by: 21st Century Monads

Links

Top sites

There are some great critical thinking resources out there: blogs and community sites where you can download ebooks, posters, podcasts and lots more.

Books

Great reads

For those that prefer reading on paper than on screen, there are lots of great books on critical thinking out there. Read on your way to work or buy as a present for a loved one. What says I love you more than giving a gift on intellectual self-defense!

On Bullshit

A #1 New York Times bestsller. One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Harry G. Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, with his characteristic combination of acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, proceeds by exploring how bullshit and humbug are distinct from lying.

On Truth

Having outlined a theory of bullshit and falsehood, Harry G. Frankfurt turns to what lies beyond them: the truth, a concept not as obvious as some might expect. Our culture's devotion to bullshit may seem much stronger than our apparently halfhearted attachment to truth. Some people, including professional thinkers, won't even acknowledge "true" and "false" as meaningful categories, and even those who claim to love truth cause the rest of us to wonder whether they, too, aren't simply full of it.

Intellectual Self-defense

What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and news reporting in order to decide for themselves what is at stake and how to ask the necessary questions to protect themselves from the manipulations of the government and the media.

You are now less dumb

Go deeper into understanding just how deluded you really are and learn how you can use that knowledge to be more humble, better connected, and less dumb in the sequel to the internationally bestselling You Are Not So Smart.

Logically Fallacious

This highly recommended book 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 the book is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. With the reading of each page, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions.

Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis And Arguments

The second edition of this leading guide helps students to develop reflective thinking skills, improve their critical analysis and construct arguments more effectively. Written by Stella Cottrell, leader in the field with over 1/2 million book sales to date, this text breaks down a complex subject into easily understood blocks.