Learners examine the psychological and sociological barriers that interfere with clear communication. They select examples of ad hominem fallacy, bandwagon fallacy, emotional appeals, red herrings, irrelevant appeals to authority, suggestibility and conformity, “poisoning the well’, and “shoehorning.” In an interactive exercise, learners identify ways to overcome these barriers.
Learners examine eight different kinds of faulty logic or perception that interfere with critical thinking. They are superstition, ignorance, clustering illusion, false analogies, gambler’s fallacy, irrelevant comparisons, post hoc fallacy, and slippery slope fallacy. In an interactive exercise, learners identify ways to overcome these barriers.