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The Science of Irrationality: How to Think Better (2019)

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00 Title, Author Bio.mp3 1m38s
01 L01 Introduction to Irrationality.mp3 22m16s
02 L02 Rational Choice Theory and Logic.mp3 19m21s
03 L03 Logical Fallacies and Bologna Detection.mp3 25m4s
04 L04 Conspiracy Theories and Odd Beliefs.mp3 25m20s
05 L05 Irrational Judgements, Heuristics and Biases.mp3 23m51s
06 L06 Value, Utility, and Uncertainty in Decision Making.mp3 20m58s
07 L07 Irrational Decisions, Anchoring, Framing and Loss Aversion.mp3 22m25s
08 L08 Two Brains- Dual Process Theory.mp3 24m10s
09 L09 Delay Discounting and Self-Control.mp3 24m39s
10 L10 Practical Implications of Irrationality.mp3 25m42s
11 L11 What is a Superstition, and Who is Superstitious.mp3 26m39s
12 L12 Acquiring and Maintaining Superstitions.mp3 26m49s
13 L13 Magical Thinking in Childhood and Abnormal Behaviour.mp3 24m33s
14 L14 Origins of Superstitions.mp3 26m1s
15 L15 Inner Conflict and Possible Benefits of Irrationality, Credits.mp3 24m53s

This wide-ranging course reveals the method to our madness in everything from finances to fateful Fridays. An expert on irrational behavior, Stuart Vyse discusses what it means to be rational before delving into the many reasoning errors and psychological challenges that lead us astray.

In 15 lectures, you will learn to identify the logical fallacies and quirks of our psychology that tempt us to make unwise decisions. Drawing on the research behind his two popular books, Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition and Going Broke: Why Americans (Still) Can't Hold on to Their Money, Vyse highlights the ways that irrational thinking might plague you in your daily life. The course is based in theory, but as you will see it's also teeming with practical advice.

You'll also examine several popular conspiracy theories before exploring the remarkable staying power of common superstitions:

  • The number 13
  • Black cats
  • Walking under ladders
  • The Evil Eye

How did these superstitions come to be? Is it always bad to be irrational? At what point do our beliefs veer into the territory of wishful thinking or willful ignorance?

Packed with fun examples and everyday pointers, this course leaves you thinking long and hard about how you think. Let Vyse teach you how to avoid common pitfalls and make better decisions.
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