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Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments – What did you learn?

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Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments – What did you learn?
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The course of the week is Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments taught by Duke University.

@Claire and I are hoping that together we can help people find great courses through the community. Every week, we're featuring a course and inviting people who have taken the course to share their course highlights and how they're using what they learned.

Have you taken Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments?

What did you like about it?

What were the key skills and knowledge you gained from the course?

Who would benefit from taking this course?

What have you done with what you learned?

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Hi Laura.
I am a bit late replying, but here is my take on the class. I took this a while back and have been meaning to complete the series by taking the other three parts of the Think Again series as I get the time. I had taken informal logic in college, dogs years ago , and wanted to brush up my skills and see what I still remembered of that.
I like that it gives you the tools to analyze a sound, carefully constructed argument from a flawed one or sloppy one. This allows you to not only see the flaws in others arguments but allows you to build credible arguments in favor or opposed to subjects of your choosing.
The key skills from this segment of the series is analyzing arguments and understanding how each piece functions to strengthen a sound argument.
I think everyone could benefit from this class. So often, in today's world, we take things at face value and do not look at whether it is valid reasoning or just, for example, an appeal to the emotions. Argumentative logic is something that I think should actually be introduced in high school. It is a tough subject but the payback for learning it is enormous.
It is something that is applicable to the arguments of everyday life, does the editorial in the paper make a sound point or, as we approach election season here in the US, does this candidate for public office make valid points, use good reasoning in his/her proposals, etc
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Hello Laura,

Thank you for posting this. It is actually good to reflect what I learned.

Have you taken Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments?
Yes! I completed the course in June, 2019.

What did you like about it?
The teaching style was entertaining, and some of the examples discussed in the lectures were very funny. At the same time, the course was well structed, and the content was quite analytical. This was one of the few courses where fun, analysis and seriousness come together. Highly recommended!

What were the key skills and knowledge you gained from the course?
The knowledge I acquired were what arguments are, and how to use and evaluate them. Especially, I found the discussions on how to stop skepticism by assuring, guarding and discounting quite interesting. Also, I have a better understanding of how to evaluate the validity and soundness of arguments.

Who would benefit from taking this course?
Anybody who wants to improve their professional or personal lives can benefit from this course. You would become a clearer thinker and (hopefully) make better decisions.

What have you done with what you learned?
I pay closer attention on peoples' arguments. Probably, I have become a better listener.
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Awesome, thoughtful reviews – now I have to add yet another course to my list! And it's great to see you again, @Kohei!

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