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Thinking Clearly

Jul 5, 2019

In this episode Bob and Julia discuss a variety of critical thinking mini-topics, including the skill of being able to identify and distinguish different kinds of claims (descriptive vs. normative and claims that are conclusions of arguments) and emphasize the power of using this skill in this age of...


Jun 7, 2019

Bob and Julia discuss the nature of skepticism and its relationship to critical thinking and the nuts and bolts of using and editing Wikipedia with guest Susan Gerbic, science advocate and activist skeptic. Susan is a co-founder of Monterey County Skeptics, founder and leader of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia...


May 3, 2019

Have you ever wondered why some people have such different opinions than you on certain hot button issues; for example: climate change or gun control? Why don’t we all just objectively look at the evidence and weigh the risks against the benefits? To help answer these types of questions, Bob and Julia along...


Apr 5, 2019

With simple explanations and a dash of humor, John Allen Paulos, Mathematics Professor from Temple University, unpacks some topics from statistics that are essential for critical thinkers in navigating the complex terrain of our modern world. Professor Paulos has authored nine books including "Innumeracy", the...


Mar 8, 2019

This episode with guest Benjamin Shaffer, Professor of Philosophy from Humboldt State University, features a discussion of how critical thinkers can best identify, understand, and reason through values-based/moral/ethical arguments.