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General information:
Name:
Critical thinking - fundamental dilemmas of modern civilization
Course of study:
2019/2020
Code:
ZSDA-3-2002-s
Faculty of:
Szkoła Doktorska AGH
Study level:
Third-cycle studies
Specialty:
-
Field of study:
Szkoła Doktorska AGH
Semester:
2
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
Indurkhya Bipin (bipin@agh.edu.pl)
Dyscypliny:
Moduł multidyscyplinarny
Module summary

Using several case studies from popular media and science, we will explore strengths and pitfalls of human reasoning. We will also discuss techniques for validating facts and avoiding knowledge illusion.

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence: is able to
M_K001 Learn to make meaningful, rational and persuasive arguments to convince others of factual knowledge and dispel knowledge illusions. SDA3A_K01 Activity during classes
Skills: he can
M_U001 Techniques for validating facts and avoiding knowledge illusion. SDA3A_U01 Activity during classes
M_U002 How to collectively analyse evidence through discussion to separate factual knowledge from knowledge illusion. SDA3A_U04 Activity during classes
Knowledge: he knows and understands
M_W001 What constitutes knowledge and the factors underlying knowledge illusion. SDA3A_W03, SDA3A_W01 Case study
Number of hours for each form of classes:
Sum (hours)
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Prace kontr. przejść.
Lektorat
15 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Prace kontr. przejść.
Lektorat
Social competence
M_K001 Learn to make meaningful, rational and persuasive arguments to convince others of factual knowledge and dispel knowledge illusions. - - - - + - - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 Techniques for validating facts and avoiding knowledge illusion. - - - - + - - - - - -
M_U002 How to collectively analyse evidence through discussion to separate factual knowledge from knowledge illusion. - - - - - - - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 What constitutes knowledge and the factors underlying knowledge illusion. - - - - + - - - - - -
Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 25 h
Module ECTS credits 1 ECTS
Udział w zajęciach dydaktycznych/praktyka 15 h
Preparation for classes 5 h
przygotowanie projektu, prezentacji, pracy pisemnej, sprawozdania 5 h
Module content
Conversation seminar (15h):
Problem of separating factual knowledge from knowledge illusion

  • The problem of knowledge
  • Examples of knowledge illusion
  • Case studies of knowledge illusion from popular media
  • Case studies of knowledge illusion from the history of science
  • Examples of knowledge illusion facing modern civilisation.

Additional information
Teaching methods and techniques:
  • Conversation seminar: This is a discussion-based course. We will discuss several case studies from popular media and history of science to learn how to separate factual knowledge from knowledge illusion
Warunki i sposób zaliczenia poszczególnych form zajęć, w tym zasady zaliczeń poprawkowych, a także warunki dopuszczenia do egzaminu:

This is a participation-based class, so the grades will be decided based on active participation in the class, class presentations and a research report (final project).

Participation rules in classes:
  • Conversation seminar:
    – Attendance is mandatory: Yes
    – Participation rules in classes: Students will take turns making presentations of case studies in the class, and actively participate in all discussions.
Method of calculating the final grade:

Class participation: 20%
Class presentation: 30%
Final project: 50%

Sposób i tryb wyrównywania zaległości powstałych wskutek nieobecności studenta na zajęciach:

Make an extra presentation and/or write an extra report.

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

Prerequisites and additional requirements not specified

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

Thomas Gilovich (2009) How We Know What Isn’t So: Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life, Free Press.
Simon LeVay (2011) When Science Goes Wrong: Twelve Tales from the Dark Side of Discovery, Monday Books.
Yuval Noah Harari (2015) Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Harper
Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach (2017)The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, Riverhead books.
Andrew Shtulman (2017) Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong, Basic Books.

Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

B. Indurkhya (2019). Is morality the last frontier for machines? New Ideas in Psychology 54, 107–111.

F. Ervas, A. Ledda, A. Ojha, G. A. Pierro, and B. Indurkhya (2018). Creative Argumentation: When and Why People Commit the Metaphorical Fallacy. Frontiers in Psychology 9: 1815.

B. Indurkhya (2017) Thought experiments, models, and the heuristic power of metaphors in science. Isonomia Epistemologica 9, 61–86.

B. Indurkhya (2016) A cognitive perspective on norms, in J. Stelmach, B. Broźek and Ł. Kwiatek (eds.) The Normative Mind, Kraków (Poland): Copernicus Center Press, 35–63.

B. Indurkhya (2007) Rationality and reasoning with metaphors, New Ideas in Psychology 25 (1), 16-36.

B. Indurkhya (2006) Emergent representations, interaction theory, and the cognitive force of metaphor, New Ideas in Psychology 24 (2), 133-162.

B. Indurkhya (1990) Some Remarks on the Rationality of Induction, Synthese 85(1), 95-114.

Additional information:

None