On today’s extra-special episode, we’re welcoming Hans Bluedorn, author of “The Fallacy Detective” onto the show!
Hans and I discuss why he and his brother decided to write this book specifically for young adults, how learning to think critically has helped him in his own life, and how lack of reasoning skills has influenced our political and social climate in a negative way.
Hans has published several books, including “The Fallacy Detective” as well as “The Thinking Toolbox,” which we discuss quite a bit on today’s episode. He also recently published a children’s book, “Archer and Zowie,” where two kids face off with a murderous microwave oven (I know–totally crazy and awesome and I am so on-board with it already).
Highlights from today’s interview with Hans Bluedorn, author of “The Fallacy Detective”:
- We discuss Hans’ background as a homeschooler in the 80’s, way before homeschooling became as widely recognized as today
- How the Y2K hysteria of 2000 led Hans and his brother to write “The Fallacy Detective”
- Why logic is about thinking about the way YOU think and why, not about pointing out the flaws in others’ reasoning
- Why “The Fallacy Detective” was written for kids and teens, instead of adults
- How we are actually not as objective as we think, and our thinking is mostly emotional no matter how hard we try
- Why humility is the key ingredient to learning about critical thinking, logic, and fallacies
Come back next week when I cover the fallacy of the Special Pleading! I featured it in this month’s wallpaper, and I’ll be discussing and elaborating a little further this coming Monday. If you want in on those gorgeoussss wallpapers, sign up for my email list in the handy form on the right! 🙂
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