Content: Engage the power of probabilistic reasoning. Strengthen your critical thinking skills of Inference and Evaluation. This course focuses on using these skill when reasoning in dynamic contexts of risk and uncertainty. Better achieve the twin purposes of strong critical thinking: First, deciding what to believe (finding the best possible explanation of events when certainty is not possible). And, second, deciding what to do (making the best decisions when conditions are evolving and where information is incomplete).
Inoculate yourself against today’s top 20 most beguilingly deceptive fallacies. Learn to recognize, anticipate, and protect yourself from mistakes, lies, scams, cons, manipulations, and misinformation based on fallacious reasoning. Discover the strengths and limitations of “Bottom-Up” experiential reasoning. That process is the best yet invented for understanding natural phenomena, including ourselves. Although it may not yield certainty, it does enable us to adapt to the ever-changing world around us.
Elements: This course includes 3 learning elements:
- Skill Builder: “Reasoning in Ambiguous Contexts — Level 1 — Best Explanation”
- Skill Builder: “Reasoning in Ambiguous Contexts – Level 2 – Beguiling Fallacies”
- Deep Dive: “Bottom-Up Experiential Reasoning”
You will be able to navigate back and forth within each course element. This enables you to return to a prior question and change your answer. The estimated engagement for this course is five hours of learning distributed over the three elements.
Results Reports: When you complete an element of the course, you will see on screen your scores, detailed personal feedback, and a summary of key ideas. You will be able to download a PDF copy of your results report. That PDF will include the number of minutes that you engaged with that course element and your percent correct on the “Personal Feedback – Overall” score. Use your PDF results reports to document that you have passed this course.
Saint Mary’s College of California CEU course # 838.0222 and course title: “How to Reason Well in Ambiguous Contexts.” See “How to Receive CEU Certification” tab for detailed instructions on how to receive CEU certification from Saint Mary’s College of California.