Irrationality and Pseudoscience: A Lesson for the Citizen of Our Time (Free)

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Θεμέλιο της επιστημονικής προσέγγισης αποτελεί η αρχή πως η γνώση τελεί υπό αίρεση και πως οι θεωρίες μπορεί να τροποποιηθούν υπό το φως νέων δεδομένων. Τούτη η συνειδητοποίηση δημιουργεί σύγχυση στο ευρύ κοινό και προκαλεί δυσπιστία απέναντι στην επιστήμη, ειδικά σ’ εκείνους που επιδεικνύουν μικρή ανεκτικότητα στην αμφιβολία που είναι σύμφυτη με την αναζήτηση της γνώσης.

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As a consequence, many of our fellow citizens are led to embrace pseudoscientific beliefs and fanciful conspiracy theories, a phenomenon that threatens not only public health but the very cohesion of our societies.

The above demonstrates the critical need to cultivate scientific literacy and critical thinking, as well as developing skills to manage the logical and cognitive biases to which we are all susceptible.

In the course we will examine how science works and discuss its moral value as a valuable guide to life. We will question how rational we are, after all, and we will refer to cognitive biases we fall into when we are called upon to make critical decisions under conditions of uncertainty.

We will be trained to recognize logical fallacies in our reasoning and arguments. We will clear up misconceptions about the theory of evolution and explore the phenomenon of vaccine skepticism. In addition, we will question why people believe in strange conspiracy theories and learn to recognize and avoid fake news. Finally, we will refer to strange examples of pseudoscientific beliefs, such as astrology and quantum pseudoscience.

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