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ANZEA lunchtime session for members: A Critical Thinking Taster

July 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Carl Davidson, Research First Ltd

TUESDAY 6th JULY ⎢ 12:00 – 1:00 PM

ANZEA warmly invites our members to join us at this free online lunchtime seminar A Critical Thinking Taster with Carl Davidson.

Critical thinking is a key skill for evaluators and those working with them, and like all skills it serves us best when we are challenging, growing and strengthening our understanding.

Join us for this fascinating lunchtime seminar with best-selling author Carl Davidson. Carl has a long and distinguished career in research as a practitioner, academic and author. He has crafted an enviable reputation for his expertise in consumer behaviour, research design and behavioural change. This seminar will challenge your status quo and introduce you to tools that will help unleash your critical thinking.



Seminar Outline

In a world drowning in data and awash with bullshit, critical thinking just might be the most important skill all of us need. In this seminar, Carl Davidson will draw from behavioural science and cognitive psychology to demonstrate some of the flaws in our everyday ways of thinking, and provide some tools to sharpen your critical thinking and problem solving mindset.

In the process, you’ll see why critical thinking is rare (it’s much harder than you’d expect) and why most organisations make it much harder still. You’ll learn why we’re all wired to think like lawyers rather than scientists, and why David Ogilvy was right about how evidence gets misused.

The seminar will then introduce some tools to unleash your critical thinking, nurture your scepticism, and supercharge your decision-making acumen.

It will benefit anyone with an interest in improving their thinking and decision-making skills, or in improving those skills among the people they work with. If you work with knowledge on a daily basis then this is the workshop for you.
In this 60 minute taster, Carl will cover four main topics:


Part One: The Bad News – You’re Not as Smart as You Think You Are (No Matter How Smart You Are!)

  • Heuristics, shortcuts, and why everyone is smart in hindsight
  • Why your unconscious biases are invisible to you (but no-one else)
  • The better educated you are, the less thinking you’ve probably been doing


Part Two: Why Learning Organisations Aren’t Really

  • The inertia of the status quo and compliance
  • How evolution has made deference a survival skill
  • The special problem of thinking in groups


Part Three: Why Everyone Can be a More Critical Thinker

  • Fixed and growth mindsets
  • Thinking about your thinking
  • Shining a light on your own thinking processes


Part Four:  Channelling Socrates – and Borrowing His Critical Thinking Toolkit

  • Scientific thinking, hypotheses, and falsification
  • How to build a compelling argument by thinking about counterfactuals
  • Making sure you’ve identified the right problem
  • How to ask the right question
  • Establishing the burden of proof



If you are registered you will receive a Zoom link to the hui a few days before the event. Please do not share this link further – everyone needs to register through Humanitix. If you are not on the Humanitix list you won’t be able to enter the call for security reasons.




July 6
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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New Zealand