Mastering The Art of Critical Thinking

Learn to spot bias in seconds and become a master critical thinker.

In this course you'll build your self awareness, sense of embodiment, and master your thinking. Crucial tools for our current times.

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Overcoming Bias & Improving Critical Thinking

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You Are Ready Become a Master Sensemaker?

Dr. Madhava Setty & Joe Martino will introduce you to practices and insights that will help you master your thinking.

You'll learn to see where your own bias' exist and how to clearly see bias in other people, news articles, and in situations.

  • Learn to attune to your heart to think & feel more clearly
  • Get a grasp on cognitive distortions and how they affect our thinking and perception
  • Learn to communicate more effectively with others

Course Outline


Module 1 - Introduction & Ethos of The Course

In this module we explore why becoming aware of our biases is important in removing blocks to become an effective thinker, decision maker and communicator. Since this course is also an inner journey, we'll also explore tools to embody a deeper sense of calm in our physiology.


Confirmation Bias

The first source of bias we will begin looking at is confirmation bias, which typically arises from a feeling. What feelings arise when we hear information in general? Why do we more easily seek information to confirm our position as opposed to information that might counter it?


Unbalanced Inquiry

Next we'll explore a source of bias that often causes us to assume we know what another perspective is, while not taking an honest look at it. You'll learn how to become aware of when this source leads to bias.


Overconfidence In Accepted Position

This source of bias causes us to feel like we're so sure of our position that we no longer need to keep an open mind or hear new information. This can lead to bias. We'll explore how to become aware of what's happening and overcome it. You might see this in yourself and others.


Unfairly Judging A Source

What happens when we begin closing off sources because they may have produced 1 or 2 pieces of false content? We'll explore how to discern content no matter the source, so that you don't succumb to bias.


Something To be Gained or Lost By The Outcome

We often know this as a conflict of interest. In this module we'll explore various examples of how conflicts of interest play in our relationships, daily lives and news sources. You'll learn to identify and discern.


Inability to Comprehend Information & Its Relevance

If we are not an expert in something, can we truly understand all of what is being said? What might the limitations be and how can we steer clear of bias in these situations?


Presumptive Legitimacy of The Majority

We can often assume that the majority is right because a consensus based on sound research has created that majority, but what happens if the majority didn't actually arrive at consensus that way? Assuming the majority is right may not be the best choice all the time, so how would we go about examining this?


Using The Credibility of a Conclusion To Assign Credibility of Evidence

We're going to look at how we assign credibility to evidence. Do we even accept evidence that leads to a conclusion we might not like? What if that evidence isn't truly bad but we think it is because we don't want to accept the possible conclusion it leads to?


Moving Forward

We'll summarize what we've learned and explore what next steps ot take to implement a critical thinking and sense-making into your everyday life. At this time, we need change agents who are skilled at converging on ideas, we can't rely on old ways of playing the game to lead us to a world where we can thrive.


I'm Joe Martino

Joe Martino is the founder of Collective Evolution. At heart a philosopher, but in practice he has been an investigative journalist and teacher for over a decade.

His work with Collective Evolution has forged a new path in media, one that focuses on injecting personal transformation into news media. This experience pushes the need to develop self awareness and observation of thinking in order to truly create transformative media. We need a new way of being and playing the game on this planet.


I'm Dr. Madhava Setty

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., Madhava worked in the defense industry for six years designing simulation and imaging systems. He then completed his doctorate in medicine from Baylor College of Medicine and training in anesthesiology from the University of Pennsylvania where he served as Chief Resident in 2002.

Dr. Setty’s diverse background and experience has allowed him to approach problems in novel ways. “When we cannot find the answers”, he says, “it is often because we are not asking the right questions.” His book “WOKE: An Anesthesiologist’s View” forms the foundation for this course that explores bias in a new light.


"The "Overcoming Bias..." course has already started to transform my personal bias. I am excited to go forward and learn more."


- Kathleen M

"Amazing! 💜 this course already! Thank you for bringing this to the world. This is what we all need more than anything." 


- Delfina 

"Love the workbook and exercises, that is where I'm having my mind blown open. Thank you both, looking forward to going deeper and learning more."


- LJ

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Overview of The Course

If you feel like it's becoming more and more difficult to make sense of what's going on in our world, and you want to develop useful skills in self-awareness and critical thinking, this is the place to be.

As a member taking this exclusive course, you're taking the first step in an important journey into self discovery and self awareness. Often times in spiritual work, we might forget to examine our thinking, habits, and automatic patterns. Since spirituality is really all about our relationship with life, our relationship with our mind and how we think is an important part to focus on.

In this community driven course, together we are going to empower each other to gain a greater understanding of where our bias’ and distortions in perspectives are, so that we can better navigate our world, think more critically, make wiser decisions, and communicate more effectively with others.

The skills learned in this course are directly applicable to the real world and are amongst the most important factors in creating a society that more effectively makes sense of the world so that better long term decisions can be made.

By nature, since this is also a process of self observation and exploring our emotions, we are also going to develop a greater sense of peace within ourselves and thus in our outside relationships.