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But first let me say a few words about what you're supporting when you support the Critical Thinker Academy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 deLaplante is the lead instructor at the Critical Thinker Academy. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics from Carleton University and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.
Kevin spent most of his academic career as an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Iowa State University. From 2008-2013 he served as Chair of that department.
In 2015, Kevin left his academic job to work full time as an independent educator, creating video courses and other educational content for the Critical Thinker Academy, including the Argument Ninja podcast.
He currently lives with his family in his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.