Critical Thinking: Sherlock Holmes Style

Critical Thinking: Sherlock Holmes Style


Heighten your critical thinking skills through captivating crime-solving scenarios. As we move forward to solve the crime, you will finetune more than 65 critical thinking related skills and concepts that will improve your academic performance across all subjects, including:


  • Recognize and clarify issues, claims, arguments, and explanations


  • Distinguish: conclusions, premises (reasons), arguments, explanations, assumptions (stated/unstated), issues, claims (statements), suppositions, unstated conclusions, unstated premises and implications


  • Recognize ambiguity and unclearness in claims, arguments, and explanations


  • Evaluate whether an inductive argument is strong or weak


  • Evaluate claims and arguments in terms of criteria such as: consistency, relevance, support


  • Evaluate analogical arguments and inductive generalization arguments in terms of criteria, such as: the greater the number of similarities between the conclusion and the premises regarding the sample, the stronger the argument


  • Assess the relevance of claims to other claims, and to questions, descriptions, representations, procedures, information, directives, rules, principles, etc.


  • Evaluate whether a deductive argument is valid or invalid (logical form): categorical, truth-functional, and semantic/definitional


  • Identify and avoid errors in reasoning, informal fallacies: begging the question, equivocation, post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after that, therefore, because of that), false dilemma/false dichotomy fallacy (line drawing fallacy, perfectionist fallacy), smoke screen/red herring/rationalizing, hasty generalization, appeal to ridicule/sarcasm, ad hominem fallacy (personal attack, poisoning the well), appeal to illegitimate authority, loaded question, evidence surrogate, stereotyping , appeal to consequences (favorable or unfavorable), "wishful thinking," genetic fallacy, biased generalization, anecdotal evidence


  • Discern whether pairs of claims are consistent, contrary, contradictory, or paradoxical


Logic and critical thinking skills are essential today, as we sift through the deluge of information available to us online. As we move forward in upholding our values, developing our understanding and opinions, and ultimately supporting worthy causes, logic and critical thinking are key. Once you are able to think clearly, effectively, and efficiently, you will advance on your life path, undeterred by irrational claims, unfounded arguments, and the fog of false information around you.


  • Minimum recommended age: 11
  • Instructor: Mr. Andrew Bonney
  • Fridays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
  • 8 classes
  • February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25