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Unlike many courses which focus on learning about or thinking about a subject, this course focussed on changing the way you think - literally 'changing your mind'. This is a very difficult task! This new set of reasoning tools is an important skill set in the modern world. Professor Devlin himself did a lot of thinking about how this could work in an online program (see http://mooctalk.org/) for his first iteration of the course. I enjoyed the lectures, the quizes, the exercises and the requirement to create and peer- review proofs. Not easy, but very worthwhile. Professor Devlin has thoroughly thought through the minor problems encountered in the first iteration and the changes he is implementing for the 2nd round address those issues.
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Like many others in this review thread, I too am taking several Coursera courses. I am pleasantly surprised to see how many took this course along with "Think Again: How to Reason and Argue" (Duke). The two courses compliment one another. I found the work-load on this course surprisingly light until I opened myself to the reality that I was only shortchanging myself by 'getting through the course' instead of utilizing the full learning potential, doing all the quizes for all 4 subject areas and participating in the various discussion threads. I found the professors' arguments in the 'correct' answers to the quizes to be particularly useful for learning. The level of work was appropriate for a brief introductory course. While it would have been nice to have a more structured peer-review-of-arguments process, the reality is that it is not feasible in such a brief course. I have seen this work well in courses of 8 weeks and 12 weeks. I look forward to future courses in related areas from U Edinburgh and the professors from this course. Thank you. Well done