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It’s clear that the world needs more intellectual humility. But how do we develop this virtue? And why do so many people still end up so arrogant? Do our own biases hold us back from becoming as intellectually humble as we could be—and are there some biases that actually make us more likely to be humble? Which cognitive dispositions and personality traits give people an edge at being more intellectually humble - and are they stable from birth, learned habits, or something in between? And what can contemporary research on the emotions tell us about encouraging intellectual humility in ourselves and others? Experts in psychology, philosophy and education are conducting exciting new research on these questions, and the results have important, real-world applications. Faced with difficult questions people often tend to dismiss and marginalize dissent. Political and moral disagreements can be incredibly polarizing, and sometimes even dangerous. And whether it’s Christian fundamentalism, Islamic extremism, or militant atheism, religious dialogue remains tinted by arrogance, dogma, and ignorance. The world needs more people who are sensitive to reasons both for and against their beliefs, and are willing to consider the possibility that their political, religious and moral beliefs might be mistaken. The world needs more intellectual humility. In this course, we will examine the following major questions about the science of intellectual humility: • How do we become intellectually humble? • What can human cognition tell us about intellectual humility? • How does arrogance develop, and how can we become more open-minded? • How do emotions affect our ability to be intellectually humble? All lectures are delivered by leading specialists, and the course is organised around a number of interesting readings and practical assignments which will help you address issues related to humility in your daily life. This course can be taken as a part of a series which explores the theory, the science and the applied issues surrounding intellectual humility. In the previous course on the theory behind intellectual humility, we considered how to define intellectual humility, the nature of an intellectual virtue, and how we know who is intellectually humble. If you are interested, complete all three courses to gain a broader understanding of this fascinating topic. Look for: • Intellectual Humility: Theory - https://www.coursera.org/learn/intellectual-humility-theory • Intellectual Humility: Practice - https://www.coursera.org/learn/intellectual-humility-practice...
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
21 minutes to complete

Getting Started

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Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 2 readings
Reading2 readings
About this course5m
Course assessments and exercises5m
Clock
3 hours to complete

Humility, exploration, and the psychology of child development

Dr Cristine Legare argues that humility is intimately connected to a state of openness to new ideas, and looks at how we can foster this in children. It turns out that what psychologists say makes kids better at exploring, explaining and being open, is not necessarily how they're taught at school!...
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
Introduction4m
Learning and explanation5m
Inconsistency, explanation and belief revision8m
Implications for child education5m
Reading5 readings
Before you begin...5m
Optional companion book5m
"How Do We Become Intellectually Humble?" by Ian Church & Peter Samuelson (recommended)10m
"How Do We Develop and Maintain Humility?" by Bob Roberts (recommended)5m
"Confirmation Bias: A Ubiquitous Phenomenon in Many Guises" by Raymond S. Nickerson (further reading)10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Initial thoughts5m
Practice Quiz6m
Module Quiz18m
Back to school15m
Reading quiz on "How Do We Develop and Maintain Humility?" by Bob Roberts6m
Week
2
Clock
4 hours to complete

What makes us arrogant? Biases, heuristics and cognitive psychology

Professor Frank Keil discusses a number of biases which we all have, and which can make us more arrogant and dogmatic by leading us to think that we know more than we actually do. Can you find examples of those biases in the news, and perhaps even in yourself?...
Reading
7 videos (Total 51 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
Video7 videos
Introduction5m
Humility, arrogance, and base rate neglect8m
Developmental over-optimism7m
The illusion of explanatory depth9m
Illusions of argument justification and insight8m
Illusions of the outsourced mind10m
Reading6 readings
"What Can Human Cognition Tell Us About Intellectual Humility?" by Ian Church & Peter Samuelson (recommended)10m
"Searching for Explanations: How the Internet Inflates Estimates of Internal Knowledge" by Matthew Fisher et al. (recommended)10m
"The Illusion of Argument Justification" by Matthew Fisher and Frank Keil (further reading)10m
"Overestimation of Knowledge About Word Meanings: The 'Misplaced Meaning' Effect" by Jonathan Kominsky and Frank Keil (further reading)10m
"The Misunderstood Limits of Folk Science: An Illusion of Explanatory Depth" by Leonid Rozenblit and Frank Keil (further reading)10m
"Overoptimism about future knowledge: Early Arrogance?" by Lockhart et al. (further reading)10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Rose-coloured biases in action10m
Practice Quiz6m
Examples of biases15m
More examples of biases15m
Module Quiz18m
Reading quiz on "What Can Human Cognition Tell Us About Intellectual Humility?" by Ian Church and Peter Samuelson6m
Week
3
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4 hours to complete

Dogmatism and open-mindedness in politics, religion, and life

Professor Victor Ottati (like Dr. Legare before) thinks that humility has a lot to do with being open to new ideas and to things we disagree with. He shows how our ability to be open-minded is related to our personal traits and to specific situations. How open-minded do you think you are about politics, religion, and any other ideas you disagree with?...
Reading
9 videos (Total 62 min), 3 readings, 6 quizzes
Video9 videos
Open-minded cognition7m
Open-minded cognition: relations with other constructs11m
The flexible merit standard model7m
Message tenability effect6m
The reciprocal nature of open-minded cognition8m
The earned dogmatism effect4m
The attitude justification effect10m
Concluding remarks4m
Reading3 readings
"Are Some People Born Humble?" by Ian Church and Peter Samuelson (recommended)10m
The Big 5 Personality Test10m
"When Self-Perceptions of Expertise Increase Closed-Minded Cognition: The Earned Dogmatism Effect" by Ottati et al. (further reading)10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Initial thoughts5m
Untenable messages10m
Practice Quiz6m
Module Quiz16m
Open-mindedness in public discourse and life15m
Reading quiz on "Are Some People Born Humble?" by Ian Church and Peter Samuelson6m
Week
4
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3 hours to complete

Humility, emotions and human relations: a view from social psychology

Professor Vasu Reddy suggests that in understanding humility, we should focus on emotions rather than on reason; on what humility feels like, not how we understand it. Humility, she says, is not a special, lofty virtue - it's a commonplace, everyday thing, and it's about being open to engagement with others. Could this help you bring more humility to your daily interactions?...
Reading
8 videos (Total 70 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
Video8 videos
Why not intellectualise?12m
Towards engagement: seeing the other as a person12m
Towards engagement: being involved4m
Towards engagement: not focusing on the self6m
Towards engagement: Dialogue, value and difference10m
An exploratory study10m
Conclusions11m
Reading3 readings
Before you finish...10m
"How Do Emotions Affect Our Ability to Be Intellectually Humble?" by Ian Church and Peter Samuelson (recommended)10m
"The role of emotional engagement in lecturer-student interaction and the impact on academic outcomes of student achievement and learning" by Vathsala Sagayadevan and Senthu Jeyaraj (further reading)10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Quiz: Initial thoughts2m
Practice Quiz4m
Deceptive self-justification10m
Module Quiz18m
Reading quiz on "How Do Emotions Affect Our Ability to Be Intellectually Humble?" by Ian Church and Peter Samuelson6m
Clock
3 hours to complete

End of course assignments

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Reading
4 readings, 1 quiz
Reading4 readings
Show what you learned by editing the Wikipedia entry on intellectual humility!10m
A brief How-To10m
TRAILER: Intellectual Humility: Theory10m
TRAILER: Intellectual Humility: Practice10m
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Top Reviews

By SKSep 4th 2017

All of the information presented was relevant, I find, and the optional information was enlightening without being too much.

By LKMar 12th 2018

So very interesting, and presented in a way that makes you curious and enthusiastic to dig deeper. Great teachers!!

Instructors

Dr. Ian Church

Researcher
Epistemology; Philosophy of Psychology; Philosophy of Religion

Professor Duncan Pritchard

Professor of Philosophy
University of Edinburgh

Dr. Emma Gordon

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Edinburgh

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