Decision-Making

ML98: Ali Almossawi on Using Algorithms to Make Better Decisions, Sidestepping Logical Fallacies and How To Think More Critically

Discover how to use algorithms to think smarter and make better decisions, how to sidestep logical fallacies and improve your critical thinking skills in a world full of noise and how to make sense of the data deluge we’re experiencing in the 21st century.
Nasos Papadopoulos

Ali Almossawi is a San Francisco-based author of books on critical thinking and computer science education.

He currently works as a data visualizer at Apple and was formerly a data visualization engineer on the Firefox team at Mozilla, a research associate at Harvard, and a collaborator with the MIT Media Lab.

Ali’s first book, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, has been read by 2.6 million readers and translated into 18 languages and has turned into a cult hit.

He has since followed that up with Bad Choices, a book where he breaks down the core principles of computer algorithms into twelve beautifully illustrated vignettes that will help make you a more creative problem-solver.

In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:

- How to use algorithms to think smarter and make better decisions
- How to improve your critical thinking skills in a world full of noise
- How to make sense of the data deluge we’re experiencing in the 21st century

So whether you’re interested to find out what it’s like to see the world through the eyes of a computer scientist or want to level up your critical thinking skills this episode will do all that and more.

Resources

🖥 Almossawi.com - Ali's Personal Website

📖 An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments - Ali Almossawi

📖 Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter - Ali Almossawi

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