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The Science of Everyday Thinking

Learn how to think better, argue better, and choose better.

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Starts Jul 23
Ends Dec 14
Estimated 12 weeks
2–3 hours per week
Self-paced
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About this course

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We will explore the psychology of our everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how we form and change our opinions, why our expectations skew our judgments, and how we can make better decisions. We'll discuss and debate topics such as placebos, the paranormal, medicine, miracles, and more.

You will use the scientific method to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, and understand why we so often make irrational choices. You will begin to rely on slow, effortful, deliberative, analytic, and logical thinking rather than fast, automatic, instinctive, emotional, and stereotypical thinking.

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  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English

What you'll learn

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We will provide tools for how to think independently, how to be skeptical, and how to value data over personal experience. We will examine the mental shortcuts that people use and misuse, and apply this knowledge to help make better decisions, and improve critical thinking.

Learner testimonials

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I always was interested in psychology. This course gave me the chance to learn about everyday psychology, which is really useful. I have done four courses at this platform so far. For me, as a non-native-speaker, this course was the toughest. But worth it - Previous Learner

Think101x is the best course I've taken on Edx. It completely changed how I see the world, how I think, and how I argue and consider other people's arguments. The instructors are great at explaining things - Pandora DeSpain

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