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Teaching Critical Thinking and Rationality in Science and Math Courses

This workshop consists of 2 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 10:00 am-12:15 pm Central Time (CT) on February 4, 2022, and 10:00 am-12:15 pm Central Time (CT) on February 11, 2022. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing both modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

This workshop provides participants with concrete tools for teaching rationality and critical thinking skills in Science and Mathematics courses. By the end of the workshop, participants are able to help students be more rational, deploy scientific and mathematical thinking more consistently, and recognize reasoning errors that can be corrected with scientific and mathematical reasoning. Instructors will understand rationality, the concept of mindware, detect gaps in mindware, andrecognize contaminated mindware.

Topics covered include:

  • Brain structure and rational and irrational processes
  • The concept of rationality
  • The science of rationality
  • Rationality and intelligence
  • The concept of mindware (Gaps/Contamination)
  • Probabilistic and statistical reasoning
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Experimental design
  • Anti-scientific attitudes
  • Conspiracy beliefs
  • Fundamental computational biases
  • Dysfunctional personal beliefs
  • The Theory of Evolution
  • The arrow of science and mythological worldviews
  • Science, mathematics, and opinion

Participants can claim a digital badge and certificate upon completing the workshop and a post-workshop survey.


Registrants will be provided with the login credentials via email prior to the start of the event.


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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to January 28, 2022. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by January 28, 2022. Refunds will not be given after January 28, 2022 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

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By registering for one or more of these modules, you consent to being recorded for any purpose whatsoever, and you release NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin and their officers and representatives from any liability for infringement of any rights, and you expressively authorize and permit the use of your name, voice, and likeness and all reproductions thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity in any media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without compensation.

About the Facilitator

Dr. John Eigenauer is a professor of philosophy at Taft College. He holds a master’s degree in English, a master’s degree in humanities, and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from Syracuse University, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Syracuse University Fellowship. Dr. Eigenauer has taught philosophy, English, mathematics, computer science, physics, and Spanish. He has delivered workshops nationally and internationally on the pedagogy of critical thinking and published articles on critical thinking and rationality. His most recent article, “The Problem With the Problem of Human Rationality,” published in the International Journal of Educational Reform, was highlighted in Psychology Today. Other publications of Dr. Eigenauer’s have appeared in The Historian, The Harvard Theological ReviewHistory of Intellectual Culture, Inquiry: Critical Thinking across the Disciplines, The Rational Alternative, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Huntington Library QuarterlyInnovation Abstracts, and The NISOD Papers.

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