Australian outfit Bridge 8, who have the admirable mission of devising “creative strategies for science and society,” and animator James Hutson have created six fantastic two-minute animations on various aspects of critical thinking, aimed at kids ages 8 to 10 but also designed to resonate with grown-ups. Inspired by the animation style of the 1950s, most recognizably Saul Bass, the films are designed to promote a set of educational resources on critical thinking by TechNYou, an emerging technologies public information project funded by the Australian government.
The animations — which are part Minute Physics, part The Dot and the Line, part 60-Second Adventures in Thought — are released under a Creative Commons license and cover the basics of logic and the scientific method, as well as specific psychological pitfalls like confirmation bias and Gambler’s Fallacy.
Critical Thinking Part 1: A valuable argument
Critical thinking Part 2: Broken Logic
Critical thinking Part 3: The Man who was made of straw
Critical thinking Part 4: Getting Personal
Critical Thinking Part 5: The Gambler’s Fallacy
Critical Thinking Part 6: A precautionary tale
For more on the art and science of critical thinking, see the excellent primer Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide to Argument.
This article was originally featured on Brain Pickings and was written by Maria Popova.