Mindware: Critical Thinking for the Information Age is a Mindware: Critical Thinking for the Information Age course published by Coursera Online University. Most jobs these days require more than just general intelligence. They also need the ability to collect, analyze and think about data. Personal life is enriched when these same skills are applied to everyday life problems involving judgment and choice. This course introduces basic concepts from statistics, probability, scientific methodology, cognitive psychology, and cost-benefit theory and shows how they can be applied to everything from choosing one product over another to critiquing media reports of scientific research. Concepts are briefly defined and then applied to many examples drawn from business, media, and everyday life.
What kind of things will you learn? Why interviewing people for a job is usually the wrong thing to do. Why is it highly unlikely that if your first meal at a new restaurant is great, you will find your next meal to be just as good? Why do economists regularly leave the cinema and leave the restaurant food uneaten? Why your photo on the cover of Sports Illustrated usually means your next season will be a disappointment? Why you may not have the disease, even if you test positive.
Because you’ll never know how coffee affects you unless you do a coin-flip experiment to determine whether or not you drink coffee in a day. Why it might be wrong to use an office in a building you own instead of having your own office in someone else’s building. Why you should never hold a stock that is falling in the hope that it will rise again and prevent you from losing your original capital. Why much of the health information presented in the media is false information.
What you will learn in Mindware: Critical Thinking for the Information Age:
- The law of large numbers
- the experiment
- Cognitive biases
- Choice and decision
- Logic and dialectical reasoning
Mindware Course details
- Publisher: Coursera
- English language
- Duration: 13 hours
- Number of training weeks: 4
- Lecturer: Richard E. Nisbett
- File format: mp4
- Course Level: Introductory
- Providing institution/university: University of Michigan
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