Deceived into thinking

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I have just listened to an excellent talk about critical thinking, given by Jeremy Beahan over at the Reasonable Doubts podcast. The talk isn’t directly ‘on’ critical thinking; rather it’s about effective ways to teach it to young minds, and is based on his experience trying to teach this in summer school courses.

He explains that his initial attempt was dead boring, and so switched the approach so that the students were on the ‘inside’ of scams and deception, thereby illustrating his points (and hence the title of this blog entry).

I found it fascinating, not only in content, but also in the psychology of teaching and learning. You can find it at the Reasonable Doubts blog, here.



2 thoughts on “Deceived into thinking

    Blamer .. said:
    August 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I really liked Jeremy’s explanation of the Decoy Effect.

    Here’s his example:

    online version $59
    print version $125 <– decoy
    both $125

    Nobody buys the decoy. But simply adding that option pushes sales of 'both' (their more expensive product) from 32% to 84%! It works because we're psychological compelled to make our decision comparitively, not objectively.

    The book on critical thinking that Jeremy recommends so enthusiastically is…

    How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age
    (Schick, Vaughn, 2010, 352 pages)

      rationalbrain said:
      August 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Funny you should mention those two aspects… I actually recounted that example to my wife,and now have that book in my Amazon hit list.

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