In this class we will study the principles of logic and critical thinking, including arguments, premises, and conclusions, inductive and deductive thinking, syllogisms, logical fallacies, and cognitive biases like the bandwagon effect, the false consensus effect, the availability heuristic, and more. By the end of the class you will know how to recognize an ad hominem attack, a straw man argument, a slippery slope, a false dilemma, and many other examples of weak reasoning.
NOTE: Students enrolling in this course will be asked to purchase a textbook (title TBA).
Suggested age range: 13+
Outside work: One textbook chapter per week with exercises
When & where: Fridays at Voyagers in Chelmsford (directions) from 1:30-2:30, Jan. 31 – May 1, 2020. No class Feb. 21 or Apr. 24.
Fee: $200 for the semester, which includes a non-refundable registration fee of $10. Students must purchase their own textbook (title TBA). $10 discount for Voyagers members. Payment plans available. Fees waived for families with financial need. (Waivers and payment plan information.)