Course Category: Teaching Logic and Reasoning - Online Program

The Anatomy of An Argument

“A mature society understands that at the heart of democracy is argument.” -Salman Rushdie, October 2012 Introduction Welcome to The Anatomy of an Argument , the first course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Logic and Reasoning! We have established the essential role of dialogue and argumentation in a democratic society. Innovation and the development [...]

Errors in Logic – Biases and Fallacies

“When examining evidence relevant to a given belief, people are inclined to see what they expect to see, and conclude what they expect to conclude. Information that is consistent with our pre-existing beliefs is often accepted at face value, whereas evidence that contradicts them is critically scrutinized and discounted. Our beliefs may thus be less [...]

Effective Logic

“All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.” — Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt, 2005 Introduction Welcome to Effective Logic , the third course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Logic and Reasoning! When we listen to the news [...]

Dialogue, Logic and Reasoning, and Civic Life

“Democracy begins in human conversation. A democratic conversation does not require elaborate rules of procedure or utopian notions of perfect consensus. What it does require is a spirit of mutual respect—people conversing critically with one another in an atmosphere of honesty and shared regard.” — William Greider, Who Will Tell the People Introduction Welcome to [...]