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Intellectual Humility: Science

University of Edinburgh via Coursera

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  • Language English
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  • Duration 4 weeks long

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It’s clear that the world needs more intellectual humility. But how do we develop this virtue? And why do so many people still end up so arrogant? Do our own biases hold us back from becoming as intellectually humble as we could be—and are there some biases that actually make us more likely to be humble? Which cognitive dispositions and personality traits give people an edge at being more intellectually humble - and are they stable from birth, learned habits, or something in between? And what can contemporary research on the emotions tell us about encouraging intellectual humility in ourselves and others?

Experts in psychology, philosophy and education are conducting exciting new research on these questions, and the results have important, real-world applications. Faced with difficult questions people often tend to dismiss and marginalize dissent. Political and moral disagreements can be incredibly polarizing, and sometimes even dangerous. And whether it’s Christian fundamentalism, Islamic extremism, or militant atheism, religious dialogue remains tinted by arrogance, dogma, and ignorance. The world needs more people who are sensitive to reasons both for and against their beliefs, and are willing to consider the possibility that their political, religious and moral beliefs might be mistaken. The world needs more intellectual humility.

In this course, we will examine the following major questions about the science of intellectual humility:
• How do we become intellectually humble?
• What can human cognition tell us about intellectual humility?
• How does arrogance develop, and how can we become more open-minded?
• How do emotions affect our ability to be intellectually humble?

All lectures are delivered by leading specialists, and the course is organised around a number of interesting readings and practical assignments which will help you address issues related to humility in your daily life.

This course can be taken as a part of a series which explores the theory, the science and the applied issues surrounding intellectual humility. In the previous course on the theory behind intellectual humility, we considered how to define intellectual humility, the nature of an intellectual virtue, and how we know who is intellectually humble. If you are interested, complete all three courses to gain a broader understanding of this fascinating topic. Look for:

• Intellectual Humility: Theory - https://www.coursera.org/learn/intellectual-humility-theory
• Intellectual Humility: Practice - https://www.coursera.org/learn/intellectual-humility-practice

Taught by

Dr Ian Church, Professor Duncan Pritchard and Dr. Emma Gordon

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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
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The course starts from the basic language of logical and critical thinking and explains with abundance of details how these processes could go wrong and what the causes are. Then it provides examples of cogent present day issues where intellectual humility would make a difference
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Jorge R
5.0 3 months ago
by Jorge partially completed this course.
This course explains a lot of things about Intellectual Humility regarding its origin and causes in order to understand how it develops, and how to try to avoid it. For sure becoming intellectually humble means a lot for anybody trying to be a better person.

I am not a guy of Philosophy or Psychology, but this course is easy to follow, includes a lot of information, and you can learn a lot.

What I like more about this course is the great quality of video lectures, not only their content but also their design and animation.

Don't hesitate to take this course and learn how to become a better person, and a better learner.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Followed on from the Theory of Humility and took the learning a little deeper into this subject. The words used in the advertising sure ring true. "The world needs more people who are intellectual humble."

This course helps you to understand why and to find ways to adjust your own life.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Firstly, the subject matter is important because arrogance pervades much of what comes out of the media, business, politics, in fact every discourse, probably due to too much "education".

Secondly, the course was well structured and I can honestly say I learned something new/

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Carol B
5.0 3 months ago
by Carol completed this course.
This was an intellectually stimulating course. It encourages you to not only look at how others behave but also how you behave when in certain conversations. I recommend this course for anyone interested in obtaining a new view of the conversation.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
An exceptional and diverse faculty are able to bring a unique understanding of cultural biases and behaviors. A great course for anyone who is genuinely interested in developing listening skills for those times when listening is hard.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
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This was a really informative course, and it really helped to draw attention to the various biases and heuristics which make people arrogant. Very topical, too!
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