OSHR 1163 - Fake News and Other Falsehoods: How Can We Know What’s True?

  • Noncredit
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This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Do you ever wonder how people can believe in ideas so different from yours, ideas that seem stupid and make no sense to you? Many believe "critical thinking" means being critical of others’ thinking, but this class teaches how real critical thinking works: how and why people, and especially yourself, believe something is true.

We will also examine how experts in the fields of math, natural science, social science, history, art, ethics, and religion judge what is true. This is not a class on current issues or debates about them, nor a class to tell you what you should think. It seeks to make you aware of how human knowledge works and to know yourself better - an invitation to think about thinking.

Please Note: No class November 20

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Instructors

Sally Purath

Sally Purath earned a B.A. in Social Sciences and a M.Ed. at Colorado State University., She taught history, world humanities, and language arts for 26 years for Poudre School District, including Russian history from 1981- 94, and has led National Endowment for the Humanities institutes and other teacher workshops.

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