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.




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Other upcoming Olios


Jun 19

The (Un)Enlightenment and What it Means to be Modern

Taught by Lev Moscow
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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Jun 20

Believing is Seeing

Taught by Briana Toole
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

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Jun 22

OlioHouse | Breaking Bread: An Olio Salon Dinner

Taught by Brian Lewis
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Jun 23

Female Power and Desire in Shakespeare after #MeToo

Taught by Christina Katopodis
1 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

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Jun 25

The Artist in an Alternative World

Taught by Ward Regan
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Jun 25

OlioTour | Federal Hall & African Burial Ground

Taught by Jamie Warren
6 p.m. at Federal Hall

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Jun 26

Jun 27

The Long History of Selfie Culture

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Jun 29

OlioHouse | Happiness & Hedonism Weekend

Taught by Skye Cleary
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Jul 7

Museum Trip | 'The 80s Show' Private Tour

Taught by Charles Riley
2 p.m. at Nassau County Museum of Art

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Jul 13

OlioHouse | Considering The Tyranny of Choice

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Jul 25

Frida's Fragrance: Art, Scent, & Persona

Taught by Jessica Murphy
7:30 p.m. at The William Vale Hotel

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Sep 19

OlioTrip | Cienfuegos, Cuba

Taught by Teresita Levy
10 a.m. at Cienfuegos, Cuba

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