Kevin, How Can I Support Your Work?



Hi, I’m Kevin deLaplante, and thanks for visiting my support page.

If you scroll down you'll be given an opportunity to sign up and unlock every course in the course catalog.

But first let me say a few words about what you're supporting when you support the Critical Thinker Academy.


My Critical Thinking Projects

I used to be an academic philosopher, but now I produce video courses here at the Critical Thinker Academy, and I produce the Argument Ninja podcast (which you can also access here).

As listeners to the podcast will know, the next big project that I would like to produce is an online training site, tentatively called the Argument Ninja Academy, that will teach the art, science and ethics of “rational persuasion”, an innovative approach to critical thinking.

The organization of this program draws its inspiration from martial arts studios and the way that martial arts is traditionally taught.

Critical Thinking Resources Are a Public Good

Everyone benefits from a society where more people are exposed to critical thinking concepts and have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills.

This is why I view the content that I produce as a public good that should be accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

My Business Model is a Patronage Model

Like public radio and public television, the financial model that supports these services is basically a patronage model. People who value these services can choose to pledge a certain amount of money to help maintain these services and support the creation of new content.

This is what I am asking from my supporters, and this is how I would like my supporters to think about their pledge.

You should know that I do this work full-time, and this is my sole source or revenue. I am able to continue this work only because of people like you who care enough about critical thinking to offer not only your moral support, but your financial support as well.

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What You Get When You Become a Patron

My “rewards” model is simple and egalitarian. Whenever possible I don’t want to prevent people from accessing valuable content due to financial considerations.

I offer a range of monthly pledge support levels, starting at $3 per month, and scaling up to $100 per month.

1. Any Pledge Level Unlocks Every Course at the Critical Thinker Academy

For any of these support levels, as long as you maintain your subscription, you get access to ALL of the video content and other resources at the Critical Thinker Academy, including any new resources that I may add over time.

That's over 20 HOURS OF VIDEO CONTENT, over 600 pages of pdf ebooks with full transcripts, and more!


Here's a current list of the catalog contents:

  • Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It's Important
  • Upgrade Your Mindware: A First Course in Cognitive Biases, Debiasing Strategies and Critical Thinking
  • What is a Good Argument?
  • Formal Fallacies: Errors in Reasoning Due to Bad Logic
  • Informal Fallacies: A Guided Tour
  • All the Formal Logic You Need to Know for Critical Thinking
  • What is Probability?
  • The Logic of Probability
  • Probability Fallacies
  • Critical Thinking About Science: Science Literacy for the 21st Century
  • Is Your Brain a Computer? Critical Thinking About Minds, Brains and Artificial Intelligence
  • Special Topics: God, the Big Bang and Conspiracies
  • How to Cite Sources and Avoid Plagiarism
  • How to Write a Good Argumentative Essay
  • A+ Essays: A Structured Approach to Successful Essay Writing
  • Q&A with Dr. K
  • The Argument Ninja Podcast
  • A Critical Thinking Library

Most of my entrepreneur friends think I'm crazy offering full access to the Critical Thinker Academy for as low as $3/month. They think I should raise the floor to at least $10/month.

But they don’t see the emails I get from people around the world who live in countries where $3/month in US dollars is equal to a full day’s pay, and who express their deep gratitude for making it possible for them to access this content.

2. Any Pledge Level Reserves a Seat For You in the Argument Ninja Academy

On the Argument Ninja podcast I’ve been making a case for a new approach to critical thinking education and outlining its main features.

To actually implement this program will require resources and support that I currently don’t have, unfortunately. It will require a new learning management system, new content development, new administrative support … it’s no longer a one-man job.

Your support will help to make this program a reality. In return I will honor your support by ensuring that you will have access to the content in this program, when it becomes available.

This is Why I Have the Higher Pledge Levels

I have the lower pledge levels to allow people with limited financial means to still access valuable critical thinking resources.

The higher pledge levels are intended for patrons of greater financial means who want to see my work continue and the Argument Ninja Academy program fully developed.

Frankly, without more patrons who are willing to pledge at these higher levels, it won’t be possible to develop the Argument Ninja Academy.

So, if you are a person of financial means who cares about the issues I talk about on the Argument Ninja podcast and wants to see this vision become a reality, please consider one of the higher pledge tiers.

Thank You!

I am very lucky to be doing what I’m doing, and none of it would be possible without the support of listeners, students and fans like you.

Thank you all, I deeply appreciate it!

Kevin

Let's Get Started



"Back in 2010, as an economics undergrad at the University of California, I was preparing for an electives course in logic. Wanting to get a jump start on the material, I was searching through logic content on YouTube and came across the Critical Thinker channel. The Critical Thinker Academy was exactly what I had been searching for, a clear and concise exposition of the foundational ideas that underlie logic and argumentation. By being able to nail down the nuts and bolts of propositional logic with the help of the Critical Thinker Academy, I was able to secure a nearly perfect score in my introductory logic course. This is one among many reasons why I am a lifelong supporter of the Critical Thinker Academy."

- Jeremy Howson

The great thing about this material is that it immediately changes the way you view the world. I've had previous exposure to critical thinking, and the Academy works as an excellent review resource for me. For someone without previous exposure to critical thinking, the content in these courses may very well be a life-changing one. The lessons are rigorous, well-paced and sometimes challenging. Kevin knows his stuff and he oozes meaningful knowledge in each lesson. Enroll now."

- Yehudi Asamoah


THE WALL OF THANKS


Below is a list of Patreon Supporters and Sustaining Members who have pledged recurring support for the Critical Thinker Academy. My deepest thanks go out to each and every one of you.


$1/month

Yarin Kaul
Marco Nieri
Raghav Ranganathan
Teri Case
Deb DeMinck
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Joseph
Jéferson Cristiano Flores
Sean
Teddy Sariel
Pierre Ester
Clyde Weithers
Alisa Risso
Benjamin Louhibi
Shane Lim
Sinead Harold
Beau Tanner
Matthew Wilding
Bagus Wiantoro
Cynthia Rostankowski
Gladys Bediako
Treay Cohen
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Joel Berkowitz
Paul Lin
Arpit Chauhan
Andrea Caso
David Tramacchi
Arnold Morisoka
Leonard Roberts
Alvaro Nieto
Gary Peters
Joseph Huang
Nicholas Rodgriguez
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$3/month

Gregory B. Sadler
Betsy Ecklund
Sydney Werkman
Vasilii
Anthony Bulinski
Bob Neely
Allison
Harrie van Alebeek
Joseph Huang
Harold Gamble
John Morris
Finnur Thomsen
Joshua
Terry Grapentine
Gordon Grant
Omer Haroon
Janice Stevenson
Scott Gillespie
Amos Rendao
Julie Tudor
Karen Stringer
Andre Casal
Adriana Gamonal


$5/month

Dickson Leung
Benjamin Escobar
Kenneth Broderick
David Black MD
Mike Cappucio
Charles Shreffler
Jesus Rodriguez
Carlos Meza
Miriam Ascarelli
Jeremy Howson
Thomas Johnson
Jason Schofield
Tony Little
Nicole Lee
Alex Bierach
Linda Quinn
Joshua Kock
Anthony Welsh
Holly Rhoades
Nick Ng
Amanda McClure
Sharon Allen
Charles May
Daniel Borum
Warsami Abdi
Brian Chaille
Omar ElAbridi
Lucas Smith
Linda Kamae
Russell Spencer
Sarah Grant
Lindsay Braun
Tony Chung
Leonardo Simonella
Rick Schechter
Zachary Taylor
Fernando
Tomáš Mančal
Frank Mangini
James Houston
Maria Laveron
Adrian
Roberto Ruiz
Karel Manrique
Frank Mangini
Anthony Barra
Lori Morrow
Carissa Castro


$10/month

Mark Halvorson
Roger Garlin
David Zipse
Phillip Leacock
Margaret Schumann
David Willson
Robert Lover
Dennis VanWormer
Raghav Agrawal
Flavio Lopes
Heather King
Jon Lee
Shad Betham
Michael Beard
Walter Vasquez
Gary Peters
Michael Yeong
Deivy Riquier
Shawn Williams
Scott Lacosta
Chance Hartz
Gavin McClenaghan
Chris Fornesa
Rick Connor
Anthony Barra
Brenda Trammell
Andy Prickett
Daniel Torres
Cilio Rosa Ziviani
Roy Chan
Frank Edwards
Sean Makens
Yahudi Asamoah
Adrian Lupu
Greg Samways
Lee Ann Benavidez
Mateo Baltazar
Armando Montalvo
Shawn Williams
Joan O'Hagen
Donald Ashe
Zackary Christopher Otten


$15/month

Daniel Mayer
Denis VanWormer
Lauren Wernau
Shad Betham


$25/month (Superfan Level I UNLOCKED)

Paul Hume
John Lenker
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$50/month (Superfan Level II UNLOCKED)

Christopher Domenech