Dale McGowan, Ph.D.
Dale McGowan has one foot in the arts, another in the sciences, and another in nonreligious life. He has conducted orchestras, holds a PhD in music composition, and taught college courses in music theory and music history. After teaching courses in critical thinking for 11 years, he authored books related to nonreligious life including Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, Sharing Reality, and Atheism For Dummies. He was named Harvard Humanist of the Year in 2008. Dale founded Foundation Beyond Belief, now the world’s largest humanist philanthropy with over $2.5 million in total grants, 125 volunteer teams, and programs in disaster recovery and international service, and served as its executive director for six years. He now serves as managing editor of Patheos Nonreligious, the largest web presence of atheist and humanist thought, hosts three podcasts (Raising Freethinkers, How Music Does That, and The Lucky Ones) and has recently returned to teaching music at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. His kids are all grown up and perfect.
Monday, July 22, 2019
Few tools are as empowering to a developing mind as critical thinking, but it has to be informal and natural to make it part of a person’s daily life. Dale McGowan taught critical thinking in the college classroom and in public and corporate seminars for 12 years, emphasizing this accessible approach to critical thinking and teaching it to his own kids. In this talk, he defines the (often misused) term, describes its importance, highlights common fallacies, and suggests how it just might save the world.