This is a crash course, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this course is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. As you complete each lesson, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions. Your ability to recognize bad arguments will be enhanced as well as your ability to articulate why an argument is bad.
Positive humanism is an applied secular humanistic philosophy based on the scientific findings of positive psychology that focuses on personal, professional, and societal flourishing. As an applied philosophy its focus is on ideas that lead to increased well-being. As a secular humanistic philosophy, there are no appeals to the supernatural, the magical, or the mystical. The philosophy is founded on reason and critical thinking. The philosophy is science-based, meaning it is void of the unsupported and/or exaggerated claims and the constant confusing of correlation with causality often found in the self-help genre. The philosophy is grounded in the theories of positive psychology, which is the study of the positive side of the mental health spectrum—human flourishing.
My first book, Year To Success, was based on the concept that success is not about a few secrets, but hundreds and even thousands of small changes you can make in the area of self-improvement that will greatly increase your chances of success. The same concept holds true for marketing and promoting your book. This course comprises dozens of the best strategies combined with the personal assistance of a trained instructor to help you execute these strategies. Each lesson in this course focuses on one strategy..
Bo first published the book "Year To Success" in 2004. Since then, he has been active both in the business and academic worlds, completing all coursework for a PhD in social psychology, and writing extensively on critical thinking. This course represents the 10 year anniversary of "Year To Success" with unpublished audio commentaries and updates by the author for each chapter in the book, offering an additional 10 years of accumulated wisdom to his already timeless success principles.
Why do we have a tendency to believe in the supernatural, paranormal, mysticism, quackery, and pseudoscience? Hint: it's not because these things are supported by evidence. Our brains evolved to maximize our chances for survival and successful reproduction not for being reasonable, logical, or even knowing what is true. If woo is a disease, consider this course the vaccine, which like all other vaccines does NOT cause autism.
Welcome to the wonderful world of psychology! This course comprises the topics found to be most important based on a survey of 761 introductory psychology teachers at 490 schools (Miller & Gentile, 1998). These topics include introduction/methods, neuroscience, sensation/perception, learning, memory, thinking/intelligence, developmental psychology, personality, social psychology, and abnormal psychology. In addition, I have worked in sections on cognitive biases, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, along with the debunking of popular psychology myths that just don't seem to die.
Nearly one in every five people, or 42.5 million American adults, has a diagnosable mental health condition. Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. Often our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even family members are suffering emotionally and don’t recognize the symptoms or won’t ask for help. This 20 minutes course in "mental CPR" will help you learn the signs that could one day help you save a life.
Scientists are an extremely smart group of people, however, many struggle with communicating their message in such a way that it can resonate with audience and keep the audience interested in what is often a highly complex or technical idea. The ability to present technical information in an interesting and informative way can help a scientist get the next key project or promotion.
Social psychology is the study of the social influences that cause us to think, feel and behave as we do. In this course, we will explore the factors that determine whether people conform to social norms versus deviate from them, help one another or behave violently toward one another, and make rational versus irrational decisions and judgments. We will also explore the ways in which we view ourselves and others, the social causes and consequences of stereotyping and prejudice, and the social underpinnings of attraction. As much as we might like to believe otherwise, we don’t know ourselves as well as we think we do and we do not always behave in a rational manner. Over the course of the semester, we will see that our attitudes do not always predict or determine how we will behave, and we will explore the ways in which we are influenced by the situation, by those around us, and by what we see in the media. We will also learn that we are prone to numerous errors, biases and over-generalizations in our judgments, and that our memories are more fallible than we might imagine. Lastly, we will learn to challenge ourselves to actively re-evaluate the sources of and influences on our own attitudes, behaviors and judgments as well as those we see in the world around us.