May 27, 2021 • 52M

Ep21- The Truth about Vaccines, Bitcoin Volatility and The Wuhan Lab Leak Hypothesis

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Discover how to use critical thinking to tear complex issues down to their simple basics and have productive conversations with friends and family about any topic under the sun.
Episode details

Join Paul and Scott as they explore current headlines. In this episode, they pick some interesting headlines and discuss the selected articles. In the process, they shine the all-seeing eye of critical thinking on the content.

In these headline episodes of Mentally Unscripted, you'll learn how to read mainstream news stories with a critical eye. You'll see how Paul and Scott identify biases and fallacies in the articles. You'll also learn to identify missing information. And you'll see how they apply mental models in evaluating the articles.

So strap in and enjoy. It's a fun ride.

Articles discussed:
- Half of US states have fully vaccinated at least 50% of adults. We need to keep going to prevent future outbreaks, official says
- Bitcoin Volatility Put Weekend Traders on Stomach-Churning Ride
- China Mines More Bitcoin Than Anywhere Else. The Government Wants That to Stop
- The Wuhan Lab and Gain-of-Function Disagreement

Mental Models discussed:
- Correlation Does Not Imply Causation
- Cost / Benefit
- Illusion of Control
- Root Cause Analysis
- Identify Assumptions
- Base Rates
- Bayesian Updating
- Probabilistic Thinking