Reality-Based Thinking

Our first RBT class (2018) finishing up the semester’s work before the
big semester-ending chorus and band concert.

Be sure to see the student testimonials in the yellow box at the bottom of this page.

This one-semester course, for ages 12-18, promotes honesty, rationality, and responsibility as a sustainable way of life. It’s primary theme is that, since we live in a real world, reality makes the best basis for our thinking. (The main principles behind the course are covered in Jack Pelham’s 3-part introduction to his video podcast at YouTube:

It is an academic course, and students are expected to take notes. There will be quizzes and multiple exercises. Much of the course is aimed at how to avoid thinking errors, which are caused by one or more of the following:

  1. Not thinking. (Assuming, going by hearsay, acting by habit, etc.)
  2. Not knowing how to think through a particular type of problem or scenario. (This is a reference to “mindware”, such as logic, probability, math, language, etc.)
  3. Having corrupted “mindware” in place–such as with cognitive biases, or erroneous logical principles, etc.

We will spend considerable time on the “mindware” section, particularly with logic and probability. And we’ll also make an extensive examination of common cognitive biases so that the student can readily spot biases in play.

The course will require one or two essays per semester, to be assigned in class. The goal of these is to be sure that the student is giving sustained consideration to the subject matter, such that he or she can narrate it back to the teacher in written form.

Our classroom holds 40 in seminar seating.

Here’s an opportunity for two students to barter for their tuition! We’d love to recruit two students from this course (who are social-media users) to help us keep up with posting daily memes to our two social media pages, one at Facebook, and one at MeWe. These two social media pages (which are Jack Pelham’s work) are being rolled under our nonprofit organization, and we need help keeping them posted regularly. We have nearly 500 memes already, and need one posted per day. This can be done up to six months in advance. You’ll need your own computers and your own accounts on one or both of these two social media platforms. Contact Jack Pelham to discuss it.


Click here to register ASAP as space is limited.

A Code of Conduct agreement is required for this course. This helps to ensure the positive environment in each class. This document is being updated and will be published this summer.

Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The one-semester class runs September 13, 2021 through December 6, 2021.

This course is open to students 12 and up, including parents, graduated siblings, and other family members.

Students will need notebooks and folders. Various handouts will be provided.

40 students

This course meets, as do all our courses, in the We, Montana! Great Room.

We strongly discourage parents and others waiting in the classroom during this seminar, as that’s basically taking the course for free. Please plan to wait elsewhere.

Jack Pelham

$50 per student per semester.

Here are a few one-liners from students who have taken this course. These are taken from lengthier discourses, and in some cases, edited slightly for clarity.

“Since I started this class, I’ve noticed more errors in the ways other people talk and think as well as myself. I’ve also seen things are are not quite right said on the news/radio.”

“One thing I learned about myself is that I use absolutes more than I realized. I also jump to conclusions too fast.”

“Personally, I found this class extremely enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested.”

“I quite enjoyed the class. Discussion is good.”

“I learned that I am very much (perhaps troublingly so) a procrastinator.”

“It made me think. I’ve started noticing both myself and others making mistakes. From not thinking a thing through before saying it, to making a biased judgment. More and more I stop and think, “Hold on–was whatever I just said or thought correct?”

“I learned I tend not to think a thing through before saying or doing it. Also, I see that I frequently run the halo effect and devil effect biases. I’m not trying to stop.”

“I would like a longer class time. We get into a great discussion then suddenly, class was over.”