Dr Peter Boghossian Critical Thinking

Intel’s AAI (Atheists & Agnostics at Intel) is hosting Dr Peter Boghossian at the Intel Jones Farm Campus in a lecture on critical thinking. Should be a good event. Admission is free and food is allowed in the auditorium.

Event details:


Friday May 11, Noon – 1:00PM


Intel Jones Farm Campus (JFCC Auditorium), 2111 NE 25th Ave, Hillsboro, OR

The general public is invited to this free lunch-time event.

Portland State University (PSU) philosophy Professor Pete Boghossian.

Lecture topic:
“Critical Thinking Crash Course: 3 Techniques, 20 Minutes, Lifetime Reward”
(20 minute presentation with the remaining hour for Q&A).

Summary of talk:
The purpose of this talk is to provide audience members with three simple and effective techniques that will improve their ability to think critically. After providing a brief definition and explanation of what’s involved in critical thinking (a skill set and an attitude), he’ll discuss the following specific techniques/skills:

1) “How does someone know that?”
2) Counterexamples
3) “How could my belief be wrong?”

These techniques can better equip one to differentiate truth from falsity, and can be used when evaluating almost any claim.

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