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On what subjects or topics could you present for 40 minutes?
With minimal preparation?

I’ill post mine along with yours in the comments.

You go first. No, You. You.


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  1. What distinguishes pencil-and-paper/table-top role-playing games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, from other types of games? Once I got started, I might have a hard time limiting it to 40 minutes. LOL

    That’s the only topic that comes to mind that I could do with minimal preparation. I’m interested in cognitive biases and logical fallacies that come up all the time, but that would definitely take more than minimal preparation. 🙂

  2. Now THAT is truly fascinating. I have never played any role-playing games even though I have been around them a lot. I have trouble with make believe because I have trouble keeping the information straight. Do other people have that problem? I would say managing information is my biggest issue and topic that I love hearing other people’s methods for managing.

    Cognitive biases and logical fallacies in what environment(s)?

  3. I was thinking of biases and flawed logic in the workplace in particular. (Politics is so full of them that the material would be endless.) From time to time at work, we have a vendor, or trainer, or somebody from another department (or whatever) trying to convince us that something they want us to do is a good idea. Being an analytical sort of person and a skeptic, I never take what they say at face value. I look for hidden assumptions, biases, and unsupported arguments. When I can, I try to question claims that seem too good to be true. Usually there is no data to back them up.

    I really wish that a class in reasoning/logic was required for high-school graduation. Though I can imagine the parental outrage when their kids start pointing out the obvious flaws in the parents’ arguments, politics, religious beliefs, etc.

  4. I used to say the same thing. That logic – whether symbolic, formal, informal or philosophical – should be taught in schools so that kids could learn to reason and analyze their positions and those of others. In all realms of life. That level of reasoning is required for basic problem solving.

  5. The funny thing is that kids would LOVE. to learn how to debate and then practice it. Kids would LOVE to make arguments and challenge assumptions and identify biases and all that. It’s such a good set of skills that helps in so many aspects of life. And it helps kids develop agency and ownership. Uh oh. Lecture alert. : )

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