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On episode 035 of the Argument Ninja podcast I share updates on new course development over at, and I share both the audio and the video of a one-hour interview I did with the hosts of the Epistemic podcast, which focuses on "street epistemology". 

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0:56 - Topics discussed in the interview

2:15 - New courses in development on

4:37 - How I'm pitching the new courses

5:12 - First course: Become an Argument Ninja

5:43 - Second course: How to Build a Good Argument (Argument and Reason)

6:11 - Third course: How to Know What You're Talking About (Argument and Knowledge)

7:00 - Fourth course: How to Be Understood (Argument and Communication)

7:32 - Fifth course: How to Win Over Your Audience (Argument and Persuasion)

8:52 - Introducing the interview, "street epistemology", and the hosts

11:57 - Critical thinking versus rational persuasion

13:19 - Two approaches to argumentation

16:34 - Why philosophers are suspicious of rhetoric

17:20 - How I was teaching critical thinking back when I was a university professor

17:33 - Origins of the "critical thinking movement" in higher education

21:12 - Jonathan Haidt's "Elephant and the Rider" model

23:54 - My "core belief network" model for helping strategize conversations

29:50 - The virtues of simplicity and clarity

32:05 - The culture of "smartness" in academia

34:49 - Viewing rational persuasion as a martial art

40:49 - Are there some people who should not be given training in these tools?

43:30 - Why critical thinking has a bad name in some circles

47:25 - Is the term "critical thinking" useful if everyone is willing to claim it?

51:21 - When the critical thinking label becomes politicized

51:53 - Why I avoid talking about my personal views on polarized topics

54:26 - Critical thinking, tribalism and polarization

01:01:35 - Keep your core small

01:01:35 - Is street epistemology part of a "mixed martial arts" approach to critical thinking?

01:08:14 - Can scientists do better at communicating with the public?



Show notes for this episode

Video interview on YouTube

My promo video for the new Argument Ninja courses

Street Epistemology

Anthony Magnabosco's channel

Reid Nicewonder's channel

Daniel Earles' channel

The Critical Thinking Movement in higher education (historical overview)


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