On episode 035 of the Argument Ninja podcast I share updates on new course development over at kevindelaplante.com
, and I share both the audio and the video of a one-hour interview I did with the hosts of the Epistemic podcast, which focuses on "street epistemology". Click to view the video interview on YouTube
(full URL: https://youtu.be/rHQYHUksJFk
0:56 - Topics discussed in the interview
2:15 - New courses in development on kevindelaplante.com
4:37 - How I'm pitching the new courses
5:12 - First course: Become an Argument Ninja
5:43 - Second course: How to Build a Good Argument (Argument and Reason)
6:11 - Third course: How to Know What You're Talking About (Argument and Knowledge)
7:00 - Fourth course: How to Be Understood (Argument and Communication)
7:32 - Fifth course: How to Win Over Your Audience (Argument and Persuasion)
8:52 - Introducing the interview, "street epistemology", and the hosts
11:57 - Critical thinking versus rational persuasion
13:19 - Two approaches to argumentation
16:34 - Why philosophers are suspicious of rhetoric
17:20 - How I was teaching critical thinking back when I was a university professor
17:33 - Origins of the "critical thinking movement" in higher education
21:12 - Jonathan Haidt's "Elephant and the Rider" model
23:54 - My "core belief network" model for helping strategize conversations
29:50 - The virtues of simplicity and clarity
32:05 - The culture of "smartness" in academia
34:49 - Viewing rational persuasion as a martial art
40:49 - Are there some people who should not be given training in these tools?
43:30 - Why critical thinking has a bad name in some circles
47:25 - Is the term "critical thinking" useful if everyone is willing to claim it?
51:21 - When the critical thinking label becomes politicized
51:53 - Why I avoid talking about my personal views on polarized topics
54:26 - Critical thinking, tribalism and polarization
01:01:35 - Keep your core small
01:01:35 - Is street epistemology part of a "mixed martial arts" approach to critical thinking?
01:08:14 - Can scientists do better at communicating with the public?
Links: Show notes for this episode Video interview on YouTube My promo video for the new Argument Ninja courses Street Epistemology Anthony Magnabosco's channel Reid Nicewonder's channel Daniel Earles' channel The Critical Thinking Movement in higher educatio…