Hi, I’m Kevin deLaplante, and thanks for visiting my Patreon page!
I used to be an academic philosopher, but now I produce the Argument Ninja podcast ...
... and I’m the creator of the Critical Thinker Academy, which is a video tutorial site that contains hundreds of videos on a wide range of topics related to critical thinking.
As listeners to the podcast will know, the next project that I'm working on is an intereractive elearning site, the Argument Ninja Academy, that will teach the thinking and persuasion skills that are necessary to not only survive, but thrive, in the 21st century.
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 other public services, 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 of 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.
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.
Most of my entrepreneur friends find it offensive that I offer 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 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.
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!
List of Courses and Resources at the Critical Thinker Academy
Any recurring pledge of $3/month or more gets you access ALL the video courses and other resources available at the Critical Thinker Academy! Here's the current list of courses:
- 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
That's over 20 hours of video, plus over 600 pages of pdf ebooks that include transcripts of all the lectures!
As I meet my revenue goals I'll be converting my paid courses into FREE courses so that even more people will be able to benefit from this material.
Thanks so much for your support!