FYS-139 Logic, Brain, and Society: Critical Thinking and How To Stop It

Instructor: Chairperson/Edwin T. Johnson and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Professor in the Humanities Steve Gimbel
Department: Philosophy

Course Description:
We have reasons for some of the things we believe, but are they good reasons? Logic teaches us how to judge whether the reasons support the belief, but the human mind is not merely a logical processor. While humans are capable of rational thought, we are also capable of being led astray by faulty reasoning. This class will both teach students how to think critically about the things we believe and investigate the psychological and cultural influences that lead bad reasoning to be so persuasive.