#26-Understanding Risk-Benefit Assessment-with Professor Daniel ColeThinking Clearly add
Critical thinkers are often faced with trying to evaluate arguments regarding political policies or various technologies. Whereas experts have developed rigorous, quantitative methods of risk-benefit assessment, most of us simply use our intuitive and emotional processing to create a feeling about the issue at hand as being either good or bad. Hosts Bob and Julia examine risk-benefit assessment as a tool for critical thinking in a discussion with Professor Daniel Cole from Indiana University.
#25-The Effect of Tribalism and Polarization on Critical Thinking-part 2Thinking Clearly add
Bob and Julia go deeper into the topic of tribalism and polarization, using audio clips from several different sources to prompt their lively back and forth discussion.
#24-The Effect of Tribalism and Polarization on Critical ThinkingThinking Clearly add
The words "tribalism" and "polarization" have become commonplace when describing recent sociopolitical trends in America. Host Bob Froehlich and guest, Philosopher, Podcaster and Master Teacher Kevin deLaplante, discuss the psychology of tribalism and the effect of increased polarization on critical thinking.
#23-Revisiting Critical Thinking a review of concepts and topicsThinking Clearly add
Critical thinking encompasses a wide variety of concepts and related topics. This episode reviews the high points of what past shows have covered and re-anchors some of the most important aspects of the critical thinking process to master for becoming a better critical thinker.
#22-Worldview-The Elephant in the Room of Critical ThinkingThinking Clearly add
In this episode, Bob and Julia unpack the construct of worldview, discuss its relevance to critical thinking and demonstrate how to uncover one's own worldview and the worldviews of others.
#21-Having Civil Dialogues-part 3 (demonstration of civil dialogue)Thinking Clearly add
Show hosts, Bob and Julia, demonstrate a civil dialogue as they discuss a topic about which they disagree. Even though the topic, "Humanity is Worth Saving", generates a lively discussion, the focus is on the process of civil dialogue rather than the content of the topic. An-studio facilitator helps guide the discussion of process.
#20-Having Civil Dialogues-part 2Thinking Clearly add
This show is part 2 of a series on "Having Civil Dialogues." Julia and Bob discuss the issue, guided by audio clips from radio host and author, Celeste Headley, social psychologist, Professor Rob Willer, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Krista Tippett. The question of how to integrate the principles of Civil Dialogue into the process of critical thinking is explored.
#19-Having Civil DialoguesThinking Clearly add
With incivility on the rise in the U.S., this episode focuses on the importance of and methods for having civil dialogues. Bob and Julia discuss the topic with Arizona State University Professors Jennifer Linde and Clark Olson, co-founders of the Institute for Civil Dialogue and co-authors of the book "Hot Topics, Cool Heads: A Handbook for Civil Dialogue."
#18-Critical Thinking About Moral IssuesThinking Clearly add
Bob and Julia discuss the "is"/"ought" distinction and the process of recognizing and analyzing arguments that contain moral considerations, using passage of California SB 277 as an example.
#17-Motivated Reasoning and Related Topics with Professor Peter DittoThinking Clearly add
Bob discusses motivated reasoning, the use of critical thinking to answer moral questions, and related topics with guest Peter Ditto, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at U.C. Irvine.
#16-The Big Picture of Cognitive Science and Its Relation to Critical ThinkingThinking Clearly add
Bob and Julia summarize, and discuss in broad terms, how current paradigms in cognitive science relate to the importance of using critical thinking in our present informationally polluted environment. This freewheeling discussion and calls from listeners change the direction of the show, which was originally planned to focus on heuristics, biases and debiasing strategies.
#15-New Approaches to Learning the Process of Critical Thinking with guest Dr. Kevin deLaplanteThinking Clearly add
This episode goes in depth about critical thinking with guest Dr. Kevin deLaplante, creator of the Critical Thinker Academy and Argument Ninja Academy and focuses on new developments in critical thinking, the importance of thinking critically and resources for further skill development.
#14-The Knowledge Illusion with guest: Professor Steven SlomanThinking Clearly add
When we’re compelled to explain how something works, including political issues and policies, we are forced to confront our lack of knowledge. That idea, its implications, and related studies from cognitive science frames this discussion with guest, Professor Steven Sloman, one of the authors of the recent book, “The Knowledge Illusion – why we never think alone.” This show aired live on Aug. 3, 2017.
#13-Beliefs, Urban Legends, and MythsThinking Clearly add
Bob and Julia discuss beliefs and why we cling to false beliefs. Several examples of commonly held beliefs which turned out to be “false” (not supported) are discussed including: high rates of suicide during the Christmas season, vortices in sink and toilet drains spinning in opposite directions in northern and southern hemispheres, the PizzaGate Conspiracy Theory and the effectiveness of proanthocyanidins from cranberries to cure urinary tract infections. This show aired live on July 6, 2017.
#12-Frames and NarrativesThinking Clearly add
The concepts of frames and narratives, which can be used to manipulate beliefs and opinions, are described with the help of audio clips from George Lakoff, President Trump’s speech to the Joint Session of Congress, Science Communicator Aaron Huertas, and Science Writer Lee Gutkind. This show aired live on June 1, 2017.
#11-Evidence-Based Practices and Policies with guest Dr. Steven NovellaThinking Clearly add
Topics, with guest Dr. Steven Novella, range from the importance of critical thinking in general, to a discussion of the importance of developing practices in healthcare and other professions as well as policies in the political arena, that are guided by good evidence and scientific research. Dr. Novella is executive editor of the blog "Science-Based Medicine", host of the podcast "Skeptics Guide to the Universe", and Master Teacher of "Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills".
#10-The Scientific Method with guest Professor Jevin WestThinking Clearly add
Bob and guest, Professor Jevin West, Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, discuss the scientific method, real world practice of scientific research, and the importance of increasing our basic literacy of concepts in science and technology. Dr. West is co-director of the Data Lab at U of W and also co-teaches a new and novel course called “Calling BS in the Age of Big Data.” This show aired live on KMUD radio on April 6, 2017.
#09-Intuition vs AnalysisThinking Clearly add
Bob and Julia compare and contrast the intuitive approach with the more deliberate analytic method of making decisions and forming beliefs looking at the research of Daniel Kahneman, Emeritus Professor from Princeton University, and research psychologist, Gary Klein. Audio clips from each of these two researchers aid the discussion. This show aired live on KMUD radio on March 2, 2017.
#08-Researching Evidence using the Internet with guest: Tim MillerThinking Clearly add
Part of our definition of critical thinking is: “….doing a thorough examination and evaluation of a robust cross-section of evidence relevant to the issue at hand when forming claims, conclusions, opinions and beliefs.” Guest Tim Miller, Digital Media & Learning Librarian from Humboldt State University, discusses with Bob and Julia how to best use the internet to obtain and evaluate evidence relevant to issues we care about. This show aired live on KMUD radio on Feb. 2, 2017.
#07-Behind the Headlines with guest: Professor Marcy BurstinerThinking Clearly add
Guest Professor of Journalism and Department Chair of Journalism and Mass Communication at Humboldt State University Marcy Burstiner, discusses current issues in journalism and journalism education, including the immediacy of news in the on-line news cycle. Burstiner also discusses the issue of fake news, and what news consumers can do to increase their quality of information. This show aired live on KMUD radio on Jan. 5, 2017.