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Thinking Clearly

Nov 3, 2017

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.


Oct 6, 2017

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...


Sep 9, 2017

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.


Aug 15, 2017

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,...


Aug 14, 2017

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...