015 - The White Belt Experience

In this episode I explore learning and teaching techniques used in the martial arts, from the perspective of the beginning student and from the perspective of the experienced instructor. I extract a number of important training principles from this exercise that I hope to incorporate in the Argument Ninja training program.

In This Episode:

Review: What is "Rational Persuasion"? (2:30)

Reminder: Our Children Are Watching (7:20)

The White Belt Experience (10:00)

Training for Skill Development: Analysis, Synthesis, Repetition, and Internalization (13:00)

Training for Combat: Objectives, Strategy and Tactics (17:30)

Training Through Time: Cumulative, Incremental Progress (25:15)

Training with Inspiration: "Beginner's Mind" (30:30)

Summing Up (37:45)

The Instructional Design Challenge (39:00)

How Classroom Teachers Solve It (42:10)

The Value of a Belt Level System (44:00)

How You Can Support the Podcast and the Argument Ninja Program (46:25)

Book Me For a Speaking Gig (48:30)

Argument Ninja: Critical Thinking as a Martial Art

The Argument Ninja podcast is dedicated to helping you improve your skills at rational persuasion. Let philosopher Kevin deLaplante introduce you to a unique approach to critical thinking, inspired by martial arts training principles, that combines logic and argumentation with the latest research on the psychology of persuasion and belief.

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