New online course: Critical Thinking Basics

If you take only one course in your lifetime, make it this one. You will develop the fundamental skills of statement classification, research, analysis, and argument. You’ll find that practicing these skills can lead to better communication, healthier relationships, and smoother navigation in all areas of life.

Here’s what one student has to say …

“I am personally VERY motivated to drop my pursuits early on Tuesdays, get cleaned up, and drive to class because each week I have practical, usable takeaways and challenging thoughts that I mentally chew on all week. … If I fully understand the difference between belief, opinion, and provable facts, etc., I am going to inevitably communicate more effectively — and garner much more respect — when I communicate with others. This class is highly valuable. A winner! I will not forget this class!”

As you can see, Critical Thinking Basics has been taught in a real-life classroom with chairs and a white board and paper and stuff. For the first time, it’s being offered online (I still have a chair, though). I agreed to do this with one assurance — that we wouldn’t lose the community aspect. People are swell. Especially y’all.

What skills will you develop?

  • Classify Statements • Systematically and automatically classify statements, distinguishing among facts, errors, theses, beliefs, and opinions.
  • Find it Out (Research) • Conduct effective research in order to gain knowledge about a topic, verify a matter of fact, or provide evidence for a thesis.
  • Figure it Out (Analysis) • Conduct effective analysis in order to gain understanding, derive meaning, and form conclusions about a complex matter.
  • Reason it Out (Argument) • Argue, and ultimately persuade, with reason and passion and without prejudice or undue emotion.
  • Examine Everything • Bring together the skills of statement classification, research, analysis, and debate in order to properly examine and respond to information and arguments.

The initial offering is FREE. That includes the community class that begins on June 26 and the individual class if you start by June 30.

Only the initial online offering of Critical Thinking Basics will be offered for free, so there’s no better time to sign up. See you in The Thinkery Network!

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