7 Courses

Logical and Critical Thinking

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Aukland

Started: 28/09/2015

Finished: 04/12/2015

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Decision-Making in a Complex and Uncertain World

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Groningen

Started: 09/09/2016

Finished: 01/09/2020

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Mindware: Critical Thinking for the Information Age

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Michigan

Started: 23/08/2017

Finished: 01/09/2017

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Academic Integrity: Values, Skills, Action

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Aukland

Started: 10/11/2014

Finished: 15/11/2014

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Dangerous Question: Why Academic Freedom Matters

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Oslo

Started: 02/07/2018

Finished: 03/07/2018

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Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens

Platform: Coursera

Institution: The University of Hong Kong & The State University of New York

Started: 21/01/2017

Finished: 09/02/2017

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Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of California, Irvine

Started: 13/06/2015

Finished: 18/06/2015

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5 Books

Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking

Author: Richard E. Nisbett

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2016 (first published December 2015)

Started: 07/09/2017

Finished: 29/10/2017

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The Edge of Reason: A Rational Skeptic in an Irrational World

Author: Julian Baggini

Publisher: Yale University Press

Published: 2016

Started: 22/11/2018

Finished: 25/01/2019

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Critical Thinking: Thinking Clearly, Positive Thinking, Problem Solving Success Secrets

Author: Ryan Cooper

Publisher: Kindle

Published: 2014

Started: 15/12/2017

Finished: 14/02/2018

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Audible UK

Published: 2015

Started: 28/08/2019

Finished: 31/08/2019

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Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: CSA Word

Published: 2009 (first published 1945)

Started: 05/03/2021

Finished: 07/03/2021

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If one of the symptoms of blindness is comfort, so one of the indicators of critical thinking may be discomfort. That’s why unanimous decisions are intrinsically suspicious. Were there no options? No alternatives? Unanimous decisions are incomplete decisions, made when there is too much power in the room, too much obedience and too much conformity. If only one solution is visible, look again.

Margaret Heffernan, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril, 2012:322

Critical thinking means making reasoned judgments that are logical and well-thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don’t simply accept all arguments and conclusions you are exposed to but have an attitude involving questioning such arguments and conclusions.

Decision making is the process of making choices by identifying a decision, gathering information, and assessing alternative resolutions… and critical thinking (and flexible thinking) is a huge part of effective decision making.

Critical thinking is what university study is supposed to cultivate. It is highly debatable if it achieves that and it makes much more pervasive sense to start stimulating critical thinking from day one of a child’s education. 

I’ve always been somewhat critically minded, a messy parental breakup at an early age as well as various homelife upsets opened my eyes to questioning many of the basic day-to-day and cultural conventions that I probably would not even have given a second thought had I lived through a more typical upbringing.

When I went to university, I started to sharpen my logical and critical thinking skills, but I never really felt like I had received an overarching and systematic education in critical thinking during my undergraduate studies. When I graduated, I felt like my critical thinking was not nearly as rationally effective as it could be, hence this module.

One of the most useful aspects of being a highly effective critical thinker is that you can not only identify problems before they occur, but it empowers to make smart decisions.

This module and the previous Flexible Thinking and Metaliteracy module are two sides of the same coin. They overlap quite a bit, but the aim of both is to enable me to become a smart decision maker because that is precisely what enables success in a fast changing and increasingly complex environment like the 21st-century.