In this era where our nation is deeply divided by ideology, it is difficult to know what is real. The scientific method provides a way to discover truth. In this class, explore techniques used by those who wish to influence us to buy their products or ideas. Using reason and science, we will examine the arguments so that each of us can reach our own conclusions about reality. We will do demonstrations whenever possible, and look for evidence about what to believe and what to discard as untrue. There will be a strong emphasis on psychological processes and the media. We will look at how logical fallacies can lead us astray and what we can do to make better choices about what to believe and what not to believe. Of course, the final decision about what is real or true will always be left for each individual to decide for him/herself, but this class should provide information and skills so that we can all do it more accurately.
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