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Here are recommended resources related to critical thinking. This is just the beginning; I'll add more soon. Please contact me to offer suggestions!

Learning Apps
Interactive lessons for web and/or mobile.

Cranky Uncle
Tests and teaches fallacies and techniques used by people who push science disinformation.

Bad News
Role play spreading fake news on social media.

Breaking Harmony Square
Role play creating rage-bait on social media.

Informable
Practice distinguishing ads, faulty evidence, and fact from opinion. — News Literacy Project

Foolacy
Identify logical fallacies. — Critical Thinking Project

FactOpy
Distinguish fact from opinion. — Critical Thinking Project

Think-Keen
Learn about science misinformation and tricks of misleading statistics. — Critical Thinking Project

Activities & Info

News Literacy Project
Several lessons, quizzes, videos, activities, posters about how to discern misinformation and bias in news and social media.

How to Sell Pseudoscience in 9 Easy Steps
Activity/article by Thinking Is Power

Learn to be a psychic with these 7 tricks
Activity/article by Thinking Is Power

Your Bias Is
Cognitive Biases

Your Logical Fallacy Is
Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies

What’s the Harm?
The real dangers of false beliefs

Conspiracy Theories
List of false & actual conspiracies. Create your own conspiracy theory. — Critical Thinking Project

Conspiracy Chart
Chart of false & actual conspiracies

Wake up, Sheeple!
Create your own conspiracy theory. — Thinking Is Power

False Beliefs
List of pseudosciences, alternative medicine, quack cures, and health myths. — Critical Thinking Project

Signs of Nonsense
Common traits of Pseudoscience, Conspiracy Theories, False Advertising, and Propaganda. Create disinformation or a scam product. — Critical Thinking Project

Behind the Curve
Excellent documentary about flat Earth believers, mostly how they think and their motivations, not physics facts (95 minutes)

Humor

Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division
Spoof on the dangers of H2O

Alternate Viewpoint Cancelling Headphones
Spoof commercial

Birds Aren’t Real
Spoof conspiracy theory

Research

Neutralizing misinformation through inoculation: Exposing misleading argumentation techniques reduces their influence.
Cook J, Lewandowsky S, Ecker UKH (2017)

Inoculation theory: Using misinformation to fight misinformation
Cook J (2014)

Inoculation Theory: Quick Look
The Media Ecology and Strategic Analysis Group

The relative efficacy of various types of prior belief-defense in producing immunity against persuasion.
McGuire, W. J., & Papageorgis, D. (1961). The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology (not free)

Saying the wrong thing: improving learning with multimedia by including misconceptions
D.A. Muller, J. Bewes, M.D. Sharma, P. Reimann (2007)

Science Education in an Age of Misinformation
Osborne, J., Pimentel, D., Alberts, B., Allchin, D., Barzilai, S., Bergstrom, C., Coffey, J., Donovan, B., Kivinen, K., Kozyreva. A., & Wineburg, S. (2022). Stanford University

Presentations

PowerPoint NTSA 7/21/22