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(upbeat music) - [Michael] Have you ever thought about thinking? That is how your brain works when you're trying to solve problems or figure things out. Every day we are bombarded with information on which we make thousands of decisions. And for most of us, much of our thinking, happens without us even knowing it. Why do you think the way you do. Maybe you feel it's because of your upbringing or your education. The truth is, there are a host of factors that affect our thinking, especially how thinking goes wrong and the more you understand these factors, the better you'll be able to process information and make decisions that affect every part of your life and that's what this course is about. Hello I'm Dr. Michael Shermer. As a psychologist, professor and publisher of Skeptic magazine over the past 25 years I have appeared on countless television shows to explain why people believe weird things and how most of us make mistakes in our thinking that interferes with our jobs and our lives. I've been on the Oprah Winfrey show to explain how psychics appear to talk to the dead and why people believe them. I appeared on Larry King Live to explain why people mistakenly think they've seen UFOs. Twice I was a guest on the Colbert Report in which the comedian Stephen Colbert challenged me to explain how the brain works to convince us that we're always right even when we're obviously wrong. I am often asked, if I think that people really believe what they say or if I think they're just making things up. In my opinion, most people are honest in saying what they believe, the problem is that most are normal people whose normal thinking has got wrong in some way. In this course, I'm going to show you how all of us are susceptible to making thinking mistakes. To use a computer analogy, errors in reasoning are not a bug in human cognition but a feature in our cognitive software. So, let's get started, reprogramming your brain to improve your thinking. Let's go!