36 episodes

The Argument Ninja podcast is dedicated to helping you improve your skills at rational persuasion. Let philosopher Kevin deLaplante introduce you to a unique approach to critical thinking, inspired by martial arts training principles, that combines logic and argumentation with the latest research on the psychology of persuasion and belief.

The Argument Ninja Podcast Kevin deLaplante | Philosopher and Critical Thinking Educator

    • Philosophy

The Argument Ninja podcast is dedicated to helping you improve your skills at rational persuasion. Let philosopher Kevin deLaplante introduce you to a unique approach to critical thinking, inspired by martial arts training principles, that combines logic and argumentation with the latest research on the psychology of persuasion and belief.

    036 - Understanding Complex Social Phenomena: More Theories of the Causes of Social Polarization

    036 - Understanding Complex Social Phenomena: More Theories of the Causes of Social Polarization

    On this episode of the Argument Ninja podcast I talk about the difficulty of judging how much we really understand about the causes of complex social phenomena.

    To help make the case I’m continuing my survey of different theories of the causes of the increase in social polarization that we’re currently experiencing. On this episode I look specifically at the work of two social scientists who have written extensively on this topic: Karen Stenner and Eric Kauffman.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    035 - Updates and a Street Epistemology Interview

    035 - Updates and a Street Epistemology Interview

    On episode 035 of the Argument Ninja podcast I share updates on new course development over at kevindelaplante.com, and I share both the audio and the video of a one-hour interview I did with the hosts of the Epistemic podcast, which focuses on "street epistemology". 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    034 - Understanding the Causes of Polarization (Part 1): Depolarization Initiatives

    034 - Understanding the Causes of Polarization (Part 1): Depolarization Initiatives

    In episode 024 of the Argument Ninja Podcast I'm starting a series of episodes that will explore different models of the causes of social and political polarization, and introduce some general principles for thinking critically about complex social phenomena like polarization.

    In this episode (Part 1) I examine models of polarization and social change that are implicit in the depolarization strategies of three different depolarizing initiatives: Better Angels, AllSides, and OpenMind.

    • 50 min
    033 - Critical Thinking About Conspiracies

    033 - Critical Thinking About Conspiracies

    On this episode of the Argument Ninja Podcast I'm presenting edited versions of last three episodes of my first podcast show that I produced in 2010-11. These were the last episodes I produced of that podcast series, and I discuss why in the introduction.

    The last three episodes were on critical thinking about conspiracies and conspiracy theories.

    • 56 min
    032 - When Tribalism Becomes Pathological

    032 - When Tribalism Becomes Pathological

    On this episode of the Argument Ninja podcast I share the audio for the three videos I recently produced on Cognitive Biases, Tribalism and Politics. It was designed as one long video presenting one long argument, so the audio works well in this continuous format. 

    • 40 min
    031 - New Cartoon Videos Plus a Fall 2018 Update

    031 - New Cartoon Videos Plus a Fall 2018 Update

    On this episode of the Argument Ninja podcast I talk about the three new videos I recently produced on Cognitive Biases, Tribalism and Politics, and I give an update on what's been keeping me busy this fall. 

    • 26 min

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