You are Not So Smart Project



As part of our REASONING UNIT (Reasoning as a Way of Knowing), we’ll be exploring several chapters of this book, and then creating short films highlighting the important concepts.



You can listen to the author in a podcast with Skeptics Magazine HERE


He has a new book: You Are Now Less Dumb

1. Each production group will get a hard copy(ies) of the chapter to read and highlight.

2. Group members will create a threaded conversation in Diigo (CLICK HERE) to discuss important points and brainstorm ideas for the film. Your thinking and planning should be evident.

3. There are numerous TOOLS you could use to create a short film (any style is ok). You might want to check out my Diigo folder on CREATIVITY for some ideas.

Animation in Apple Keynote and with Magic Move



Mozilla Popcornmaker

WeVideo (online in-the-cloud collaborative video editing)

Weavly ( mashup maker)

Music video/ rap

PowToons (see tutorials here)

Annotated Interactive YouTube or Choose Your Own Adventure YouTube


a. you must cover all the important concepts and points

b. you must disclose the major “misconception” and the “truth” at least once.

c. you must end with “and this is why ‘YOU ARE NOT SO SMART

d. sound quality must be good (loud enough and clear)

e. you must credit the author of the book in your titles and any music you use (recommend copyright-free from Jamendo or YouTube Editor)

f. ***please film landscape mode (tilt your phone horizontally)


Priming (Chap 1) – Quinn; Casey

Confabulation (Chap 2) – Evan and Leah; Madeline

Confirmation Bias (Chap 3) – Justin and Terril; Ty F.; Ed; David C and Johnson

Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy (Chap 5) – Jacob, Zoe, TY; Alex and Chris

Normalcy Bias (Chap 7) – Stig, Devin, Cam;

Introspection (Chap 8) – Noelle; Kristen

Availability Heuristic (Chap 9) – Iona, Briana, Jasmine; Brad and Zach

Bystander Effect (Chap 10) – Danni and Michael; Kelly; Michael Compton; Ashley

Apophenia (Chap 12) – Alana; Nate and Haelee; Jordan and Emily

Brand Loyalty (Chap 13) – Nick and Katie; Anna, Jamie, Ivor

Argument from Authority (Chap 14) – Daniel and Taylor; Dillan and David

Groupthink (Chap 23) – Claire, Makana, Ariana


Emotion and Reasoning

What Would You take if the House Was Burning Down?

Check out this interesting project! (the Tumblr is listed but you’ll need to check that off campus)


For our Twitter Photo challenge of the week (in this case, 2 weeks), we’ll be exploring how we make snap decisions with our reasoning and emotion as Ways of Knowing.

**Please note that this particular challenge is required, not optional for DP2 students

To what extent do the things we choose to save in a heartbeat reflect our personality?

To what extent are we motivated by emotion and/or reason to make snap decisions about what is valuable to us? What part does intuition play?

Here’s what to do:

1. Don’t think too hard (try to make it spontaneous), but choose NO MORE THAN 10 items (people don’t count, but animals could) that you would save if you had time while your house was burning.

2. Arrange them like the samples and shoot them from a BIRD’S-EYE VIEW, then post the photo to your blog

3. Annotate them underneath the photo (identify what they are and why you’d take them) – see examples in the article. However, you need to also state if you perceive this to be a rational or emotional decision and why.

4. Click on the TITLE OF YOUR BLOG POST -that will give you the DIRECT LINK to your actual post.

5. Tweet your blog post link with the hashtag #tokkailua (they’ll be archived in Storify). You can follow Foster Huntington, the original creator of this project @fosterhunting

Have fun!

Due date: Sunday, Sept. 22 by 11pm

Reasoning as a WOK

First off, here is the SCAVENGER HUNT/STUDY GUIDE you need to do as you read the section (pp.64-89) on Reasoning as a Way of Knowing in Chapter 2. Please post answers on your blog and check the due date for your class in Managebac.


GOOGLE DOC LINK (You can view, but not edit) – one idea is to copy/paste each question to your blog

Dan Ariely: Is there there a pattern to human reasoning?

Reason versus Compassion at TED

Some questions to ponder:

–       How do we reason?

–       What is the significance and power of reasoning?

–       How do we learn to reason? What tools do we use in order to reason?

–       How does reasoning differ from the other Ways of Knowing?

–       What is the role of Reason in Science and other areas of Knowledge?

–       How do we use “deductive” and “inductive” reasoning?

–       What is the difference between “validity” and “truth”?

–       How do we effectively make counter-claims?

–       How do we creatively reason?

–       How and why do we classify?

–       How do stereotypes and prejudice relate to reason?

–       What constitutes a “good reason” for belief?


ad hominem

argument ad ignorantium

belief bias

binary thinking

circular reasoning

confirmation bias




double standards

fallacy (logical fallacy)


lateral thinking



loaded questions




vested interest

vicious circle / cycle

Thought Experiments- Animated Shorts

5 Logical Fallacies that Will Prevent You from Making Good Decisions