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The Urgent Need for Critical Thinking & Anecdotes are Better Than Evidence


On the Urgent Need of Thinking for Oneself

Taught by Jeanne Proust

It often seems that the practice of critical thinking is easily discarded in favor of the adoption and use of fully formed opinions, discourses or theories. Avoiding thinking for oneself has two major dangers: we may fall into a perpetually skeptical attitude, or we may become victim to a widespread indifference, hidden behind what we call “relativism.” In this Olio we will consider what psychological and social mechanisms are best suited to fight the tendency to give up on critical thinking and will assess how these mechanisms should be encouraged through our educational systems.

Anecdotes are Better Than Evidence (or at least they were this one time you guys)

Taught by Geoff Klock

In the clamor of defending science from people who would deny vaccines and climate change – and in the need to cling to the reliable and verifiable – we lose track of something: the value of stories to help us navigate life. Join me for a look at the lost art of the parable, which is really just literature in microcosm, as we discuss gloves, horseshoes, wheelbarrows, spoons, toilet paper, cookies, floods, juggling, Jesus and Moses playing golf, fish, wolves, monkeys, frogs, rabbits, foxes, cabbage, Zen masters, Game of Thrones, Thoreau, Kafka and Borges.




Location: Brooklyn Art Library

28 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11211

Brooklyn Art Library is home to The Sketchbook Project collection in its physical form. Our walls are lined with shelves that hold the tens of thousands of sketchbooks currently in the collection, created by artists from around the world. The library serves as a reading room where you can get cozy and spend an afternoon enjoying artwork in a hands-on experience with the help of our librarians.


Other upcoming Olios


Jul 22

Immoral Art?

Taught by Jeanne Proust
3 p.m. at Mathew Gallery

Sign Up - $15

Jul 26

A Dog Named Ego

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Jul 28

NYC Poetry Festival | Revolutionary Letters, Confronting the Times

Taught by Jessica Rogers
1 p.m. at Governors Island

Sign Up - $10

Jul 28

NYC Poetry Festival | Sekou Sundiata & Radical Citizenship

Taught by Brian Lewis
3:30 p.m. at Governors Island

Sign Up - $10

Jul 29

NYC Poetry Festival | The Dangerous Pleasure of Art

Taught by Geoff Klock
3:30 p.m. at Governors Island

Sign Up - $10

Jul 29

NYC Poetry Festival | Poetry of Loneliness and Collaboration

Taught by Heather O'Neill
1 p.m. at Governors Island

Sign Up - $10

Jul 31

Immersive Listening - Bowie's "Low"

Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Sign Up - $15

Aug 21

The Poetry in Piledrivers: Pro-wrestling as Art

Taught by Ben Abelson
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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