When it comes to decision-making, there are many factors at play to be considered. The impact across a number of areas at work and at home demand that we make the right assumptions and draw the proper conclusions to determine the appropriate course of action. This course will investigate the structure of argument to better understand its components. Further, it will offer insights into common reasoning traps and how to avoid them, in an effort to develop sound and suitable conclusions.
Leader Writer and Columnist at The Times
Oliver Kamm is a leader writer and columnist for The Times. He joined the newspaper in 2008 and now writes popular weekly columns on language and the economy.
How do we avoid fallacies and other argument traps?
It's a very difficult but necessary thing to do, and the best way to do it is to open yourself up to competing arguments and explanations. In the digital age, it's very easy to close ourselves off from sources that we disagree with and don't wish to hear. The best way of inoculating oneself against that is to make absolutely certain you expose yourself to diverse sources of information.