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(upbeat music) - [Michael] Have you ever suddenly realized that you were wrong about something? (chuckles) Me, neither. Now, nobody wants to believe that they're wrong, or that their judgments and decisions are biased, but the truth is, our judgments are often clouded and influenced by a host of factors. And that's why understanding cognitive biases is so important. My name is Michael Shermer. I'm the director of the Skeptics Society, which is devoted to promoting science, and to understanding how thinking goes wrong. I'm also a professor at Chapman University where I teach a critical thinking course called Skepticism 101 that deals with cognitive biases. In this course, I want to give you the keys to better understanding cognitive biases. I'll give you tactical steps you can take to overcome these biases in your life and in your work. By the end of the course, you'll be better equipped, you'll improve your thinking, and ultimately, you'll be able to make better decisions. So, let's go.