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Thinking Clearly

Bob Froehlich-Retired Chemist, Counselor, Psycholo

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Thinking Clearly
Thinking Clearly

Thinking Clearly

Bob Froehlich-Retired Chemist, Counselor, Psycholo

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In this age of fake news, alternative facts and information overload, this podcast offers cognitive self-defense strategies and topics that will help you understand and master critical thinking in forming your claims beliefs and opinions.

Latest Episodes

#42-False Beliefs in our Democracy-How they Spread and Persist-with Guest Cailin O'’Connor

The connectivity of the internet allows us to retrieve accurate information, which can be used to support true beliefs, but also exposes us to misinformation and disinformation created to perpetuate false beliefs. In this episode, U.C. Irvine Professor Cailin O'Connor, coauthor of the book "The Misinformation Age", discusses her research using computer modeling to explore how false beliefs form, spread and persist.

55 MIN1 w ago
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#42-False Beliefs in our Democracy-How they Spread and Persist-with Guest Cailin O'’Connor

#41-Belief Formation, Influence of Beliefs on Reasoning, and Belief Change-with guest Michael Wolfe

How our beliefs affect us and belief change are topics of focus in this episode of Thinking Clearly with guest: Professor Michael Wolfe from Grand Valley State University. Professor Wolfe's research interests on how our preexisting beliefs affect our evaluation of arguments, the degree to which we change our beliefs when exposed to information that is either consistent or inconsistent with those beliefs and the implications of his findings for our ability to be critical thinkers are also explored.

57 MINNOV 9
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#41-Belief Formation, Influence of Beliefs on Reasoning, and Belief Change-with guest Michael Wolfe

#40-How Tribalism, Arrogance and Conviction Work Against Seeking Truth-with guest Michael Lynch

As discussed in his recent book: "The Know-It-All Society", Michael P. Lynch, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, helps us take another look at the current state of dialogue in contemporary American culture as we discuss how polarization, conviction and intellectual arrogance has led us to believe that we have nothing to learn from those whose convictions are different from ours and rewards us for displaying emotional outrage, rather than more deliberative, rational thinking.

57 MINOCT 5
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#40-How Tribalism, Arrogance and Conviction Work Against Seeking Truth-with guest Michael Lynch

#39-Bob and Julia discuss the base rate fallacy, superforecasting, and regression to the mean

This episode focuses on the power of understanding statistics and probability, including how avoiding base rate neglect can help you make better decisions. Also discussed are: superforecasting (what it takes to make more accurate predictions of future events) and the power of understanding the statistical principle of regression toward the mean.

52 MINSEP 7
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#39-Bob and Julia discuss the base rate fallacy, superforecasting, and regression to the mean

#38-Guest Professor Lee McIntyre discusses Science Denial, the Scientific Attitude and Related Topics

In this episode, guest philosopher, educator and author Lee McIntyre discusses his latest book, "The Scientific Attitude", and explains that the concept he calls "the scientific attitude" offers the best way to both describe what is special about science while it also solves the demarcation problem of separating science from non-science and pseudoscience. A host of other topics, including science denialism and the myth of the scientific method, are also discussed.

58 MINAUG 2
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#38-Guest Professor Lee McIntyre discusses Science Denial, the Scientific Attitude and Related Topics

#37-Bob and Julia Discuss Claims, Conclusions, Opinions, Beliefs, Open-mindedness and the Skeptics Sniff Test

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 information pollution. They also explore the difference between opinions and beliefs, the relation of skepticism to critical thinking and what is meant by the "Skeptic's Sniff Test".

54 MINJUL 6
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#37-Bob and Julia Discuss Claims, Conclusions, Opinions, Beliefs, Open-mindedness and the Skeptics Sniff Test

#36-Using and editing Wikipedia and the relationship of skepticism to critical thinking with guest, Susan Gerbic

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 Project and a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquirer.

58 MINJUN 8
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#36-Using and editing Wikipedia and the relationship of skepticism to critical thinking with guest, Susan Gerbic

#35-The Relationship of Critical Thinking to Cultural Cognition and Identity Protective Cognition with Guest John Gastil

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 with guest, Professor John Gastil from Penn. State University, explore the concepts and research in an intriguing area of human studies called Cultural Cognition.

58 MINMAY 4
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#35-The Relationship of Critical Thinking to Cultural Cognition and Identity Protective Cognition with Guest John Gastil

#34-Some Math and Statistics Topics that Serve as Important Tools for Critical Thinkers-with Guest, John Allen Paulos

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 classic book on statistics and critical thinking.

58 MINAPR 6
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#34-Some Math and Statistics Topics that Serve as Important Tools for Critical Thinkers-with Guest, John Allen Paulos

#33-Critical Thinking Involving Moral Issues with Guest, Philosophy Professor Benjamin Shaeffer

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.

55 MINMAR 9
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#33-Critical Thinking Involving Moral Issues with Guest, Philosophy Professor Benjamin Shaeffer

Latest Episodes

#42-False Beliefs in our Democracy-How they Spread and Persist-with Guest Cailin O'’Connor

The connectivity of the internet allows us to retrieve accurate information, which can be used to support true beliefs, but also exposes us to misinformation and disinformation created to perpetuate false beliefs. In this episode, U.C. Irvine Professor Cailin O'Connor, coauthor of the book "The Misinformation Age", discusses her research using computer modeling to explore how false beliefs form, spread and persist.

55 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#42-False Beliefs in our Democracy-How they Spread and Persist-with Guest Cailin O'’Connor

#41-Belief Formation, Influence of Beliefs on Reasoning, and Belief Change-with guest Michael Wolfe

How our beliefs affect us and belief change are topics of focus in this episode of Thinking Clearly with guest: Professor Michael Wolfe from Grand Valley State University. Professor Wolfe's research interests on how our preexisting beliefs affect our evaluation of arguments, the degree to which we change our beliefs when exposed to information that is either consistent or inconsistent with those beliefs and the implications of his findings for our ability to be critical thinkers are also explored.

57 MINNOV 9
Comments
#41-Belief Formation, Influence of Beliefs on Reasoning, and Belief Change-with guest Michael Wolfe

#40-How Tribalism, Arrogance and Conviction Work Against Seeking Truth-with guest Michael Lynch

As discussed in his recent book: "The Know-It-All Society", Michael P. Lynch, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, helps us take another look at the current state of dialogue in contemporary American culture as we discuss how polarization, conviction and intellectual arrogance has led us to believe that we have nothing to learn from those whose convictions are different from ours and rewards us for displaying emotional outrage, rather than more deliberative, rational thinking.

57 MINOCT 5
Comments
#40-How Tribalism, Arrogance and Conviction Work Against Seeking Truth-with guest Michael Lynch

#39-Bob and Julia discuss the base rate fallacy, superforecasting, and regression to the mean

This episode focuses on the power of understanding statistics and probability, including how avoiding base rate neglect can help you make better decisions. Also discussed are: superforecasting (what it takes to make more accurate predictions of future events) and the power of understanding the statistical principle of regression toward the mean.

52 MINSEP 7
Comments
#39-Bob and Julia discuss the base rate fallacy, superforecasting, and regression to the mean

#38-Guest Professor Lee McIntyre discusses Science Denial, the Scientific Attitude and Related Topics

In this episode, guest philosopher, educator and author Lee McIntyre discusses his latest book, "The Scientific Attitude", and explains that the concept he calls "the scientific attitude" offers the best way to both describe what is special about science while it also solves the demarcation problem of separating science from non-science and pseudoscience. A host of other topics, including science denialism and the myth of the scientific method, are also discussed.

58 MINAUG 2
Comments
#38-Guest Professor Lee McIntyre discusses Science Denial, the Scientific Attitude and Related Topics

#37-Bob and Julia Discuss Claims, Conclusions, Opinions, Beliefs, Open-mindedness and the Skeptics Sniff Test

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 information pollution. They also explore the difference between opinions and beliefs, the relation of skepticism to critical thinking and what is meant by the "Skeptic's Sniff Test".

54 MINJUL 6
Comments
#37-Bob and Julia Discuss Claims, Conclusions, Opinions, Beliefs, Open-mindedness and the Skeptics Sniff Test

#36-Using and editing Wikipedia and the relationship of skepticism to critical thinking with guest, Susan Gerbic

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 Project and a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquirer.

58 MINJUN 8
Comments
#36-Using and editing Wikipedia and the relationship of skepticism to critical thinking with guest, Susan Gerbic

#35-The Relationship of Critical Thinking to Cultural Cognition and Identity Protective Cognition with Guest John Gastil

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 with guest, Professor John Gastil from Penn. State University, explore the concepts and research in an intriguing area of human studies called Cultural Cognition.

58 MINMAY 4
Comments
#35-The Relationship of Critical Thinking to Cultural Cognition and Identity Protective Cognition with Guest John Gastil

#34-Some Math and Statistics Topics that Serve as Important Tools for Critical Thinkers-with Guest, John Allen Paulos

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 classic book on statistics and critical thinking.

58 MINAPR 6
Comments
#34-Some Math and Statistics Topics that Serve as Important Tools for Critical Thinkers-with Guest, John Allen Paulos

#33-Critical Thinking Involving Moral Issues with Guest, Philosophy Professor Benjamin Shaeffer

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.

55 MINMAR 9
Comments
#33-Critical Thinking Involving Moral Issues with Guest, Philosophy Professor Benjamin Shaeffer
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