Researchers found that courses in critical thinking help humanities students overcome pseudoscience. One important pseudoscience, though, is not in their list.
CEH strongly advocates critical thinking. That’s why we have a Baloney Detector. It’s also why we daily examine the claims coming from scientific journals, to see whether they can stand up to the tests of evidence and logic. So it was encouraging to see North Carolina State validate the teaching of critical thinking in overcoming superstition and fake news.
A recent study by North Carolina State University researchers finds that teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience” that is unsupported by facts.
Anne McLaughlin and Alicia McGill ran an educational experiment at their university. They believe their experiment improves on prior tests of critical thinking education in that it included a control group.