Episode 6 POINT 2: Hidden Premises 2

In this Point Two episode, Nick and Dave discuss the social and political aspects of hidden premises. SCRIPT: Dave: You are listening to Critically Minded. Nick: Critical Thinking For 2nd Language Learners. We’re your hosts, Nick . . . Dave: And Dave. In our regular episode titled Hidden Premises, we spoke about hidden premises, that […]

Episode 6: Hidden Premises 1

This sixth episode of Critically Minded FINDS Nick and Dave discussing HIDDEN premises.  SCRIPT: Nick: You are listening to Critically Minded. Dave: Critical Thinking For 2nd Language Learners. We’re your hosts, Dave  . . . Nick: And Nick. In our earlier episode we discussed the basic organization of arguments. We talked about how conclusions need […]

Episode 5 Modus Ponens and Modus Tollens

In the fifth episode of Critically Minded, Nick and Dave continue their discuss two common patterns of argument.  SCRIPT: Nick: We’re back again with Critically Minded––Critical Thinking for 2nd Language Learners. Dave: The podcast for English language learners who want to improve their critical thinking skills. Nick: And we’re your hosts Nick- Dave: And Dave. […]

Episode 4: Validity and Soundness

In their fourth episode, Nick and Dave discuss validity and soundness.  SCRIPT: Dave: You are listening to Critically Minded. Nick: The podcast for English learners who want to become better critical thinkers. We’re your hosts, Nick . . . Dave: And Dave. You should be happy to hear that we have completed our introductory discussion […]

Episode 3: Organizing an Argument 2

In this third episode, Nick and Dave continue their discussion of the basic structure of an argument. They discuss how to distinguish between reasons (premises) and conclusions. They talk about premise indicators (like “because”) and conclusion indicators (like “so,” “therefore,” and “thus”). They also talk about conclusion-first and conclusion-last arguments. SCRIPT: Nick: Welcome back to […]

Episode 2: Organizing an Argument 1

In this episode, Nick and Dave introduce the concept of an argument as a logical progression from premises to a conclusion. They discuss classical syllogisms and suggest challenging one’s own conclusion with alternate arguments. SCRIPT: Nick: Welcome once again to Critically Minded: Critical Thinking For 2nd Language Learners.  I’m Nick. Dave: And I’m Dave. In […]

Episode 1: Introductions

In this first episode Nick and Dave introduce themselves and explain why they are producing this podcast series. They tell how they think their listeners can benefit from the podcast. They speak briefly about what critical thinking is and why it’s a skill set worth acquiring.  SCRIPT: Dave: Greetings everyone. You’re listening to Critically Minded: […]