Critical Thinking: A Field Guide In 6 Short Films

Australia’s TechNyou has created a six-part short film mini-course on critical thinking. Althougth intended for young students it is perfect for inquisitive minds of all ages. The series is written by Mike McRae and James Hutson, who also directed and did the animation, and is funded by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research of the Australian Goverment. (How great is that? And why does the US not have a Department of Innovation?) Additional educational resources, including a teacher’s guide, are available through their website

Part 1: A valuable argument.

Part 2: Broken logic.

Part 3: The man who was made of straw.

Part 4: Getting personal. 

Part 5: The gambler’s fallacy. 

Part 6: A precautionary tale. 

Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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