The RSA is excited to launch a new initiative, The Reason Project. The Reason Project was developed in response to a perceived need for us as citizens to THINK BETTER.
Reason and Reasoning: Critical Thinking for Adults
The Reason Project is a free resource aimed to aid the development of our everyday reasoning skills. Critical thinking skills inform how we think and every decision we make, but are often taken for granted and ignored. The Reason Project will bring together in one place an expanding set of tools to educate about Reason and to improve the skills of Reasoning – a one-stop shop of critical thinking for adults.
Why is this important?
We now know that all of us fall into logical fallacy traps – confirmation bias, selective perception, wrongful appeal to authority, and so on. It’s natural because it’s how our brain works. But it’s not something we should ignore. Ignoring logical fallacies can lead to poor decisions and personal choices. Is now a good time to invest in the stock market? How should I vote in the next election? What else do I need to know before I buy a house?
An informed public is the foundation of a working democracy. But information is not enough. If democracy is to work as it should, we citizens need to be able to critically evaluate the credibility of information, and this requires us to have the critical thinking skills necessary to determine the strength of evidence and the soundness of arguments we are presented with. The Reason Project aims to provide everyone with these skills.
Site to be launched soon!
“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”
Letters to a Young Contrarian (2001)