Why Critical Thinking Is Not Easy

Speakers: Artis Svece (University of Latvia), Jana Altenberga (Centre for Media Studies at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga).

Moderator: Mārtiņš Hiršs (SkeptiCafe)

No one is born critically and rationally thinking. It is a skill we can develop over the course of our lifetime. However, our psychology, social media and other factors make thinking critically difficult.

Artis Svece is a Ph.D. and Assistant Professor in Social Philosophy at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia. His main research interest lies in environmental humanities, human-animal studies, and social philosophy. For many years, he has tried to popularize the subject of critical thinking in Latvia by teaching courses on this topic and publishing articles, participating in talks and discussions in a variety of media. Lately, he has been interested in the importance of critical rhetoric and visual rhetoric for the development of critical thinking skills.

Jana Altenberga is a master's student of Communication Science at the University of Latvia. For the past two years she has been part of the Centre for Media Studies at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga team, organising various courses and training programmes for media managers and journalists from Baltic and Eastern Partnership countries. Her current academic interests include combating disinformation, in the process of which critical thinking plays a key role.

Mārtiņš Hiršs has a PhD in politics. He is one of the founders of "SkeptiCafe". He researches disinformation and works as a critical thinking teacher.