Logical Fallacies Essays (Examples)

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the drug war is a logical fallacy

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California Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, would legalize marijuana/cannabis for adults over the age of 21. The legalization measure only applies to the state of California, as federal law continues on its war on drugs/prohibition path. Proposition 64 was on the ballot in the November 8, 2016 federal election. Prior to passing this Proposition, cannabis was illegal, and possession of cannabis was punishable by law. This proposition would not only decriminalize but fully legalize, which means that individuals 21 years of age or older can and should grow their own or purchase from a local and licensed distributor rather than using the black market. In addition to legalization, which impacts the criminal justice system and the powers of law enforcement, the California Proposition 64 created a tax and regulate method of controlling cannabis. There are two new taxes created with the new law. Those two taxes include a…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Branson, R. War on drugs a trillion-dollar failure. CNN. 7 Dec, 2012. Retrieved online: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/06/opinion/branson-end-war-on-drugs/

"California Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization (2016)" Ballotpedia. Retrieved online: https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_64,_Marijuana_Legalization_(2016)

CAMH. Cannabis policy framework. Retrieved online: https://moodle.yorku.ca/moodle/pluginfile.php/2205714/mod_resource/content/1/CAMH%20Cannabis%20Policy%20Framework.pdf

Ingraham, C. (2015). Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say. The Washington Post, 23 Feb, 2015. Retrieved online:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/02/23/marijuana-may-be-even-safer-than-previously-thought-researchers-say/?utm_term=.a66100be88db
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Fallacies the Choices That People Make Determine

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Fallacies

The choices that people make determine the shape of things to come. This observation holds true at the individual, organizational, national, and global level. Therefore, it is obvious that close attention needs to be paid to critical thinking ability or the way decisions are made. This inference can be drawn because critical thinking involves the formation of logical inferences, the development of cohesive and logical reasoning patterns, and careful and deliberate determination of whether to accept, reject, or suspend judgment. Thus, learning critical thinking skills can help an individual to recognize propaganda, analyze unstated assumptions in arguments, realize when there is deliberate deception, consider the credibility of information sources, and think a problem or decision through in as objective a manner as possible (Halpern, cited Simon & Kaplan; Stahl & Stahl; Moore & Parker, 1996, p. 5-6). In other words, learning to recognize and avoid unsound reasoning techniques or…… [Read More]

References

Halpern, D.F. (1996). Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking.

Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Pirie, Dr. M. Ignorantiam, Argumentum Ad. Adam Smith Institute. Retrieved Nov. 4, 2004:

http://www.adamsmith.org/logicalfallacies/000632.php
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Fallacy Fallacious Thinking -- Appeals

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So is the appeal to ignorance. One need look no further than Fox News to find such an appeal -- what else can one say about a news site that has a regular featured financial columnist called "the capitalist pig?" Jonathan Hoenig who proudly calls himself by this title, plays into the readers' likely assumptions that greed is good is lauded for selecting the highest yield profile over one year, regardless of the fact that many readers may really want to be long-term investors -- the one with the most money wins, proclaims the "Cash it in Challenge" of Fox. The fine print of the challenge, however, reads that "is FOX News' policy that contributors disclose positions they hold in stocks they discuss, though positions may change. Readers of "Cashin' in Challenge" must take responsibility for their own investment decisions."

Yet even though one might snidely observe that Fox News…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Hoenig, Jonathan (20 May 2005) "Cashing it in Challenge." Fox News Website. Retrieved 21 May 2005 at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,122620,00.html

Hurt, Harry III. (20 May 2005) "Freud and Schwarzenegger: Both Can't Be Wrong." Business News. The New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2005 at http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/21/business/21pursuits.html

Soprano Star in Depression Fight." (11 Mar 2005) BBC News. Retrieved 21 May 2005 at  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4339889.stm 

Why Live with Depression." (2005) Pfizer Company Website. Retrieved 21 May 2005 at http://www.lbracco.com/battlingdepression2005.htm
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Fallacies in Frederick Douglass' the

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Douglass asks, "Must I undertake to prove that the slave is a man? That point is conceded already. Nobody doubts it" (Douglass, 1852). However, this statement was simply not true; the humanity of blacks was a seriously debated point at that period of time. He repeats this phrase in two more phrases, "For the present it is enough to affirm the equal manhood of the Negro race" and "the manhood of the slave is conceded" (Douglass, 1852). Furthermore, he provides a significant amount of evidence that supports his proposition, but those statements only highlight his circular argument, because he always begins not with the proposition that a slave is human, but with the proposition that nobody doubts that slaves are human.

The third fallacy that Douglass employs is the appeal to belief. "Appeal to Belief is a fallacy that has this general pattern: Most people believe that a claim, X,…… [Read More]

References

Douglass, F. (1852, July 4). The Hypocrisy of American Slavery. Retrieved February 20, 2012

from the History Place website:  http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/douglass.htm 

The Nizkor Project. (2011). Description of ad hominem. Retrieved February 20, 2012 from   http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/ ad-hominem.html 

The Nizkor Project. (2011). Description of appeal to belief. Retrieved February 20, 2012 from  
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Fallacies Stephen Colbert's Opening Monologue

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Next, Colbert skewers Donald Trump. In his role as a conservative newscaster, Colbert begins with feigned outrage that Trump is not running "ho is going to tell OPEC the fun is over?" he cries when Trump is shown making his announcement that he is not running for the presidency. Colbert mocks Trump's hyperbolic self-promotion with his own hyperbole. Additionally, this is another example of how Colbert's deliberate, humorous false analogies reveal the sloppy thinking and fallacies of his subjects of ridicule. Trump had recently created a smokescreen or 'red herring' issue by crying out for President Obama's birth certificate, a non-issue except amongst members of the extreme right.

Then, Colbert shows a clip of former Reagan screenwriter Peggy Noonan endorsing Newt Gingrich as a 'new voice for a new generation.' Colbert states that Noonan is last generation's news herself, noting that young people, watching her speak, are probably wondering: "ho…… [Read More]

Work Cited

Colbert Report. Comedy Central. May 16, 2011.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/386467/may-16-2011/stephen-files-super-pac-request?xrs=share_copy

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Fallacies Is Sugar Toxic One

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In the article, Taubes correlates the increase in sugar in the American diet with an increase in weight gain. In 1986, according to United States Department of Agriculture analysts, every American consumed on average 75 pounds of sugar. In the early 2000s, consumption had increased to more than 90 pounds per person per year (Taubes 3). However, Taubes neglects to note that consumption of total calories have also been increasing -- of all kinds of food, of fat as well as sugar. Physical activity has also been decreasing. Furthermore, while Taubes dismisses the additional negative effects of the addition of high-fructose corn syrup to foods and the burgeoning obesity epidemic, he also admits that the addition of HFCS to foods during the 1970s is correlated with an increase in the body mass index of Americans. In short, when statistics suit his argument -- increased sugar consumption in general as…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Taubes, Gary. "Is sugar toxic?" The New York Times. April 17, 2011. [May 3, 2011].

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?pagewanted=1
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Fallacies of Reasoning in TV Commercials the

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Fallacies of easoning in TV Commercials

The DIECTV- Stop Taking in Stray Animals-Commercial

The DIECTV Commercial demonstrates the series of events that occurs when an individual has bad cable. The events are as follows: when you spend too much of your money on cable, you get angry and you start throwing things. When you start throwing things, people begin to think you have anger issues. Consequently, your schedule clears up because people do not want to deal with your anger. When the schedule clears up, you start growing a beard, then you start taking in stray animals until you cannot stop. So to stop taking in stray animals, you have to get rid of cable and upgrade to DIECTV.

Fallacy of reasoning

The DIECTV commercial uses the slippery slope fallacy. Grand Canyon University (2012) explains that the slippery slope fallacy is an analogy that takes an argument in one direction…… [Read More]

Reference

Grand Canyon University (2012). Logical Fallacies. GCU Library. Retrieved 26 June 2015 from  http://lc.gcumedia.com/phi105/fallacies-website/fallacies-website-v1.1.html 

Vleet, J.E. (2011). Informal Logical Fallacies: A Brief Guide. Maryland: University Press of America

TV Commercial links

Ashton Kutcher Nikon TV Commercial. Retrieved from https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=ashton+kutcher+nikon+beach+commercial&ei=UTF-8&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001
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Fallacies of the Iraq War

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His philosophy of a ruler who used any means necessary to achieve his goals is not too far off from what Bush has done in the war in Iraq. Bush has misled the public; whether he did this deliberately or not is still up for debate but the result of his misleading behavior has been financial and political gain for him and his cronies. Vice President Cheney has made tens of millions of dollars in the Iraq conflict through his ties with Halliburton. One has to wonder if the political and financial gains being made by those in the hite House had anything to do with the initial decision to go to war in Iraq. The fallacies of the Iraq war go deeper than just policy decisions. Great philosophers and politicians warned against greed and unjust wars, and the Bush Administration took the Iraq war far beyond the limits of…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Bush, George W. "This Is Not a Question of Authority; it Is a Question of Will." Presidential

Address to the Nation. March 17, 2003.

Purdum, Todd S. A Time of Our Choosing: America's War in Iraq. New York: Times Books,

2002.
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Fallacies Fallacy 1 On His

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My erections are at a healthier state from using VolumePills™, as from before to now they are a lot stronger and healthier."

HY THIS IS a FALLACY: This is begging the question because the writer (assuming a real person actually wrote that testimonial) is expecting the reader to accept on faith that this is true, without any way to check its validity. It is also an appeal to ignorance because very few men in the general population have any scientific or medical knowledge about penis enlargement, sperm enhancement, etc.

FALLACY #4 (a): The Ku Klux Klan KKK (on its eb site) asserts that the U.S. should "Abolish all anti-gun laws and encourage every adult to own a weapon." Further, the KKK asserts that, "The cure for crime in America is not take guns off the streets but to put more guns on the streets."

HY THIS IS a FALLACY: This…… [Read More]

Works Cited

All About Penis Enlargement. (2007). Myths Shattered. Truth Revealed. Retrieved August 12, 2007, at http://www.allabout-penis-enlargement.com/semen_pills_testimonials.htm

Atheist Alliance. (2007) Why an Atheist Alliance? Retrieved August 11, 2007, at http://www.atheistalliance.org/aai/index.php#who.

Ku Klux Klan. (2007). Abolish all anti-gun laws/We support a national law against the practice of homosexuality. The Knights Party: Platform. Retrieved August 12, 2007 From:  http://www.kkk.bz/program.htm .

Limbaugh, Rush. (2007). Liberalism Has Failed Inner Cities. The Rush Limbaugh Show.
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Fallacies in Advertising it Has Been More

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Fallacies in Advertising

It has been more than twenty years since a relatively unknown actress named Julia oberts stole every scene in the sleeper hit Mystic Pizza. She charmed audiences with beautiful brown eyes, a wild mop of dark hair and a smile that lit up the screen. Some of her co-stars continued their Hollywood success, most notably Vincent D'Onofrio, who stars in Law and Order: Criminal Intent. No one enjoyed success like oberts, however; she is an Oscar winner, a top box office draw, and considered by many to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Now forty-two, she recently signed on with Lancome Paris to become the face of their beauty products.

In an ad featured in O, The Oprah Magazine (2011, p. 19), a radiant oberts is the subject of a close-up portrait. Her hair is blonde, silky and simply styled. She wears modest…… [Read More]

Reference

Teint Miracle. (2011). Lancome Paris. O, The Oprah Magazine 12 (4), p. 19.
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Immigration Fallacy the Existential Fallacy Behind Arizona's

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Immigration Fallacy

The Existential Fallacy Behind Arizona's Immigration Policy

Few issues currently featured in American public debate are clouded by as much emotional bias, invective and distortion as that of immigration reform. Particularly as this concerns America's shared border with Mexico, immigration is a discussion which carries significant political ramification, clear racial overtones and distinctions in ideology where American openness is concerned. As a result, many political figures have been moved to comment or drive policy on the issue-based less on the support of fact than on the employment of inflammatory rhetoric. And quite frequently, this rhetoric is presented with little concern for the logical fallacies which may underlie is basic formative claims. Rarely has this been evidenced with more vitriol or determination than in the state of Arizona over the last several years. In the context of our discussion, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is particularly noted for her steady…… [Read More]

Works Cited:

Biggers, J. (2011). How Arizona wrote the GOP's immigration platform. Salon.com.
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Build a Logical Argument by Clarifying Facts

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build a logical argument by clarifying facts and speaking to a particular audience; and the conclusions must be strong and communicated well so that the intended audience can logically say, "I understand and agree with that."

Marc Siegel, a professor of Medicine at New York University and also a doctor with a practice, wrote an argument based on the doctor's role in treating pain and suffering by helping the patient end their life -- euthanasia. He was persuasive to me in his argument for several reasons: 1) He is a medical doctor who has taken the Hippocratic Oath and believes in helping patient's whenever possible; 2) He is logical and factual when he talks about some illnesses and conditions in which there is no cure; 3) He supports his arguments with the sound moral and ethical facts that show the audience just how much certain people suffer, and have a…… [Read More]

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Poor Argument Fallacies

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Reasoning

The narrator provides a few different reasons why Jack "is silly to think he can win the math contest." The first issue of course is that "silly" is entirely subjective, and that nothing the narrator says has anything to do with silly. It is not unreasonable to reframe the argument as that the author does not think that Jack can win the math contest. Never mind the silliness.

The first piece of evidence provided is that Jack has only won awards for writing essays. This is logical fallacy in that one has nothing to do with the other. The two types of contests test different skills, but where the narrator assumes that these skills are mutually exclusive, the reality is that they are not. Thus, it is possible that Jack can be good enough to win both types of contest.

If anything, Jack might have an edge if there…… [Read More]

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Fallacies Critical Thinking Skills Require

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According to Miller and Wright (2002), "When it comes to plea bargaining, we have created a false dilemma. The dilemma grows out of the central reality of criminal adjudication in the United States. The vast majority of criminal cases are resolved through guilty pleas rather than trials. Most of those guilty pleas result from negotiations between prosecution and defense" (p. 29).

Straw Man.

According to Walton (2004), "The straw man fallacy is committed when the proponent's argument is based on premises that do not represent the commitments of the other party in the dispute, and where his argument used a distorted version of these commitments to try to refute the other party" (p. 25). The straw man fallacy represents a common technique that is used to divert attention away from the actual issues involve to irrelevant or even imaginary ones that can be impossible to defend against. In this regard,…… [Read More]

References

Baarsma, W. (2002). Shafer v. South Carolina: Another missed opportunity to remove juror ignorance as a factor in capital sentencing. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 93(1), 23.

Entine, J. (2001, September). The straw man of 'race.' World and I, 16(9), 294.

Hutchenson, M. (2006). AP English Language Definitions. Retrieved July 4, 2006 at  http://annahutcheson.tripod.com/id8.html .

Miller, M., & Wright, R. (2002). The screening/bargaining tradeoff. Stanford Law Review, 55(1), 29.
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Fallacies and it Is Important to Detect

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fallacies and it is important to detect fallacious arguments and then form decisions. Below is an analysis of three such fallacies which have been described and examples are described to show why it is important to detect them.

FALLACIES

Ad Ignorantiam

This fallacy is on the principle that in the case there is a lack of evidence to prove it to be true, it is considered naturally to be false. An atheist might claim that as a creationist cannot prove that God exists therefore God does not exist. Similarly a creationist can say that because the atheist cannot prove that God does not exist, hence God exists. Basically this fallacy deals with the burden of proof and in the absence of any proof it labels the opposite to be absolutely true. This fallacy is used in the judicial systems that are based on the principle of "innocent until proven guilty."…… [Read More]

REFERENCES:

(1) Richard H. Rovere, Senator Joe McCarthy (Methuen, 1960). Pages: 106-107.

(2) Interview of Mahathir Mohammad -- Fall of Anwar. [Online website] Available from: http://stoneforest.org/philosophy/anwar.html#innocence [Accessed on 17/9/2005]

(3) William Raspberry - 'With Us or Against Us' is a False Dichotomy [Online website] Available from: http://www.commondreams.org/views01/1014-04.htm [Accessed on 17/9/2005]

(4) Jerry White - Arab-Americans and Muslims attacked in the U.S. 15 September 2001 [online website] Available from: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/sep2001/atta-s15.shtml [Accessed on 17/9/2005]
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Logical Argument Construction Exercise

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Tick just one.

Can the following discourse be reasonably interpreted as containing an argument?

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. So if we do not want to lose our wealth and freedom, we should see to it that we are masters of our wealth, not the other way around.

(The main points of this discourse are borrowed from Edmund Burke, Letters On a Regicide Peace (1796))

(a) YES

(b) NO

(1) Scott said that if the light was on when we came by, we could be assured that he was home, and (2) the light isn't on. Therefore, (3) Scott must not be home.

(Adapted from T.Edward Damer, Attacking Faulty Reasoning: A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2009, 6th edition, p.89)

Which of (a), (b), (c) or (d) is correct in relation to…… [Read More]

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Being Logical a Guide to Good Thinking by DQ Mcinerny

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logical errors one may make as discussed in Part Five of the book (1200-1500 words). nclude in this paper precise definitions and your own example of the following logical errors: undistributed middle, begging the question, straw man, abusing tradition, democratic fallacy, ad hominem, uses and abuses of expertise, red herring, inability to disprove does not prove, false dilemma, and simplistic thinking,

The book Being Logical: A guide to Good Thinking (Random House, New York, 2004, pp.131) was authored by D. Q Mcnerny, a professor of logic to student s at Notre Dame, the University of Kentucky, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary. The author has written three previous textbooks on philosophy. This is his first book on logic, but as he writes, logic undergirds all thinking and goes to the core of what we mean by human intelligence.

Logic is the basis of all human thinking. t can be seen…… [Read More]

I concur.

Source

D.Q. McInerny (2004) Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking, Random House, New York
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Teenage Drivers

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Logical Fallacies

STATMENT: y all means, teenagers should be the best drivers in the world. Their muscles and their reflexes should be quick enough to handle anything.

FALLACY: False dichotomy

The arguer sets up the situation so it looks like there are only two choices. The arguer then eliminates one of the choices, so it seems that we are left with only one option: the one the arguer wanted us to pick in the first place.

Certainly, teenagers do have quick reflexes. However, quick reflexes aren't enough. It also takes considerable experience in order to drive well. While reflex speed declines in later life, the gap is at least partly filled up by driving experience. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has statistics on drivers based on both age and driving experience. They found that inexperience behind the wheel contributes substantially to both accident rate and fatality rate. In addition,…… [Read More]

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 2005. "Q & A: Teenagers -- General," at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Last updated July, 2005. Accessed via the Internet 8/1/05.

Stafford, Rob. 2005a. "The Perils of Teen Driving," On DATELINE (NBC). Viewed on television 7/8/05. Accessed via the Internet 8/1/05.

Stafford, Rob. 2005b. "Spy My Ride," On DATELINE (NBC). Viewed on television 7/8/05. Accessed via the Internet 8/1/05. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8501438/
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Identifying Fallacies

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Inductive Reasoning and Fallacies in Today's Popular Mass Media (Tabloid News Articles and Advertising Campaigns)

In popular mass media, information has become a valuable source of profit. Motivated by the lucrative media business, publishing companies and media agencies sought to provide people with sensational stories and numerous information in order to generate a following in the society. Through tabloid newspapers and advertising, the mass media are able to cater to the public's interest in sensationalism and curiosity. What happens is the prevalence of news that are neither valid nor reliable, as well as advertisements that provides information that can be categorized as "far from the truth." Sensationalism and false reporting of facts and information is prevalent among tabloid news and ads presented by the media today. Often, they resort to inductive reasoning (generalization) and other forms of fallacies that hamper the delivery of truthful and ethical information to the people.…… [Read More]

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Xeriscaping Fallacies and Realities Concerning

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These are shaped by real conditions.

Argument:

I use my lawn for recreational activities and fear that this would impede on these.

Fallacy:

False Dilemma

Persuasive Argument:

Special breeds of grass can be used to create lawns and recreational spaces that carry the characteristics of a traditional lawn.

Argument:

I am afraid that it would be too costly to create a specialized garden.

Fallacy:

Argument from Ignorance

Persuasive Argument:

A xeriscaped garden will ultimately reduce the amount of waste which is produced by the use of water, fertilizers or pesticides. It will also reduce the amount of money spent on these resources. The xeriscaped garden will actually be far more cost effective in the long run.

Argument:

I don't want to be limited in plant choices for my landscape.

Fallacy:

Base Rate Fallacy

Persuasive Argument:

The assumption that xeriscaping limits plant choices to the extent of being undesirable is only…… [Read More]

Works Cited:

California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). (2003). Xeriscaping. CA.gov.
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App Fallacy a Columnist New York University's

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App Fallacy," a columnist New York University's ashington Square News argues wisdom Common Application college application process. You read essay college newspaper; opportunity responds.

The fallacy of "The Common App Fallacy"

The Common Application is a standardized application that makes it very easy for college students to apply to a multitude of schools, all of which use its basic format. A student merely has to fill out the forms associated with the Common Application once and then can send the form electronically to a wide range of institutions spanning from Cornell University to the University of Miami to The College of New Jersey. According to NYU student Damon Beres, it has made it too easy to apply to college, particularly competitive colleges, with a touch of a 'send' button. Beres cites statistics which indicate only a very tiny minority of highly qualified students are able to get into the Harvards…… [Read More]

Work Cited

Beres, Damon. "The Common App Fallacy." Washington Square News, 22 Jan 2008:1-2.
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Heuer De Bono -- Fallacies L

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Specifically, Heuer advocated the use of tools that help the thinker to "...clearly delineate their assumptions and chains of inference," and to "specify the degree and source of the uncertainty involved in the conclusions." Thus, Heuer advocated the use of analytic debate, devil's advocate arguments, brainstorming, competition between analyses, peer review and outside "points-of-view." Edward de ono, on the other hand, specifically emphasized the value of creativity in the development of a "new way" of thinking of problems from non-logical angles -- in effect, using the creative mind to compensate for its areas of deficiency in the logical or perceptional realm.

Unfortunately, however, there are some forms of mental "problems" or analytical fallacies that are famously resistant to even the best "tools" or creative thinking -- "learned" or no. Further, because both men consider the real issue at hand to be the problem presented by the "lenses" through which the…… [Read More]

Bibliography

Davis, Jack. 1999. The Psychology of Intelligence Analysis [online]. Available at http://www.odci.gov/search-NS-search-page=resultsPsychology of Intelligence Analysis de Bono, Edward. 2004. Lateral Thinking Workshop [online]. Available at  http://www.edwdebono.com/debono/worklt.htm 

Davis, Jack. 1999.

Edward de Bono Web site. "Lateral Thinking Workshop." 2004.

Davis, Jack. 1999.
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Critical Thinking Action Project Finding Fallacies in

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Critical Thinking Action Project

Finding fallacies in the prior assignment

In the Introduction the statement was made that because the two offices of ExtraVert are in different locations and have "different objectives" that strategic situation will "create tension and conflict, which detract from the objectives and mission of ExtraVert."

This phrase could raise the question as to the possibility that a "sweeping generalization" (Fullerton.edu) was made. Is it likely that "tension and conflict" are the logical results of having different objectives? It is possible, but a sweeping generalization doesn't assure that tension and conflict are inevitable. Asserting that the tension and conflict will detract from the mission and objectives could be considered a "hasty generalization" (Fullerton.edu) as well. Moreover, stating that solutions can "almost always be arrived at" if understanding, courtesy and thoughtfulness are embraced could be considered "post hoc" (unc.edu). In other words, asserting that because one thing happens…… [Read More]

Works Cited

California State University at Fullerton. (2011). Common Fallacies in Reasoning. Retrieved February 12, 2014, from  http://commfaculty.fullerton.edu .

University of North Carolina. (2010). Fallacies. Writing Center. Retrieved February 12, 2014,

From  http://writingcenter.unc.edu .
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Solar Is the Solution Author Steve Heckeroth

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Solar is the Solution, author Steve Heckeroth argues that solar energy is the key to alleviating climate change. Heckeroth builds his argument on the statement that "Solar is a promising source of future energy supplies because not only is it clean, it's remarkably abundant." Another one of Heckeroth's claims is that "relying on coal, oil and natural gas threatens our future with toxic pollution, global climate change and social unrest caused by diminishing fuel supplies." These statements are internally valid; although Heckeroth does not provide quantitative data to back up these statements, they are easy to reference. Moreover, Heckeroth establishes his own credibility as an author qualified to write about environmental science by stating "I have been studying our energy options for more than 30 years." Of course, "studying" something for thirty years does not automatically make a person an expert. Heckeroth is admitting that he is a layperson who…… [Read More]

Work Cited

Heckeroth, Steve. "Solar is the Solution." Dec-Jan 2008. Retrieved online: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Renewable-Energy/2007-12-01/Solar-is-the-Solution.aspx?page=6
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Insufficient or Inadequate Information Is Usually Seen

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Insufficient or inadequate information is usually seen as the greatest threat to the integrity of an argument. However, the fact is that even arguments, which are supported with a great amount of information, can prove to be faulty because of structural weaknesses. For example, suppressed, ignored, or unconsidered evidence can invalidate conclusions. Similarly, biased assumptions, failures in logic, and the neglect of counter-arguments can all lead to fallacies in reasoning (UNB, para 1). Thus, it is evident that critical thinking necessarily involves the consideration or avoidance of logical fallacies if it is to succeed in being "...purposeful, self-regulatory judgment which results in interpretation, analysis, evaluation, and inference, as well as explanation of the evidential, conceptual, methodological, criteriological, or contextual considerations upon which that judgment is based." (Facione, 1998, p. 14) There are a multitude of logical fallacies that may occur in reasoning or arguments. Since it would not be possible…… [Read More]

References

Ess, Dr. Charles. (1987). Questionable Analogy. A Database of Informal Fallacies. Retrieved July 8, 2004: http://www.drury.edu/ess/Logic/Informal/Questionable_Analogy.html

Ess, Dr. Charles. (1987). Questionable Analogy. A Database of Informal Fallacies. Retrieved July 8, 2004: http://www.drury.edu/ess/Logic/Informal/Slippery_Slope.html

Facione, P.A. (1998). Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts. Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence. Retrieved July 8, 2004: http://www.calpress.com/pdf_files/what&why.pdf

Garlikov, R. "The Slippery Slope Argument." Retrieved July 8, 2004:
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Decision Making Is Contingent on

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According to Halpern (1996, p. 197), arguments that utilize irrelevant reasons are fairly common: "The Latin word for this sort of fallacy is non-sequitur, which literally translates to 'it doesn't follow.' In other words, the reason or premise is unrelated to the conclusion." Since relevant premises are a key criteria for building sound arguments, it follows that critical thinkers must learn to recognize and avoid such fallacies.

However, in the real world this is perhaps easier said than done since the use of force often tends to sway decisions in favor of the person who is making the threat, implied or otherwise. An example that comes readily to mind is the manner in which advertisers have coerced sports bodies to disallow ambush marketing: "It is important that any sports body has the right to control what is being brought into their events...to protect the millions of pounds of investment that…… [Read More]

References

Blair, J.A., Grootendorst, R.F., Henkemans, F.S., Johnson, R.H., Krabbe, E.C.W., Plantin,

C.H., Van Eemeren, F.H., Walton, D.N., Willard, C.A., Woods, J.A., Zarefsky, D.F. (1996). Fundamentals of Argumentation Theory: A Handbook of Historical Backgrounds and Contemporary Developments. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Cohen, E. (2004, January). Arthur Anderson refugees reflect on what went wrong. Notre Dame Magazine. Retrieved Nov. 23, 2004: http://www.nd.edu/~ndmag/w0304/ander.html

Halpern, D.F. (1996). Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking.
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Integrating Critical as Well as

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(Eljamal; Stark; Arnold; Sharp, 1999)

To conclude, it be said that if we will not be able to master imparting the capability to think in a developed form, our profession, as well as perhaps our world, would be influenced and taken over by someone who would be able to outsmart us to find it out. We would in that case not only remain thinking as to what happened but would also not have the skills required to provide answers to our own question.

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Braun, N.M. (2004, March/April) Critical thinking in the business curriculum. Journal of Education for Business, 79(4). etrieved from ProQuest database on February 20, 2007.

Carroll-Johnson, .M. (2001, April - June). Learning to think. Nursing Diagnosis, 12(2).

etrieved from Thomson Gale database on February 14, 2007.

Cheung, C., udowicz, E., Kwan, a.S.F., & Yue, X.D. (2002, December). Assessing university students general and specific critical thinking. College Student…… [Read More]

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Braun, N.M. (2004, March/April) Critical thinking in the business curriculum. Journal of Education for Business, 79(4). Retrieved from ProQuest database on February 20, 2007.

Carroll-Johnson, R.M. (2001, April - June). Learning to think. Nursing Diagnosis, 12(2).

Retrieved from Thomson Gale database on February 14, 2007.

Cheung, C., Rudowicz, E., Kwan, a.S.F., & Yue, X.D. (2002, December). Assessing university students general and specific critical thinking. College Student Journal, 36(4). Retrieved from ProQuest database February 14, 2007.
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Role in Any Process of Enquiry That

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role in any process of enquiry that is undertaken to arrive at the truth, a sound argument or an objective opinion. In fact, good critical thinking is conceptualized as: distinguishing between verifiable facts and value statements; distinguishing relevant from irrelevant reasons; determining the factual accuracy of statements and the credibility of sources; identifying ambiguous statements and unstated assumptions; detecting bias; identifying logical fallacies; and determining the overall strength of an argument or conclusion (Duplass & Ziedler, cited Beyer, 2002). Thus, it is evident that learning to recognize and avoid logical fallacies is vital to the process of critical thinking. It is the objective of this paper to discuss the significance of three such logical fallacies: personal attack; two wrongs make a right; and red herring.

The fallacy of personal attack also referred to more formally as argumentum ad hominem, is a popular tactic that is often used to deny the…… [Read More]

References

Blair, J.A., Grootendorst, R.F., Henkemans, F.S., Johnson, R.H., Krabbe, E.C.W., Plantin,

C.H., Van Eemeren, F.H., Walton, D.N., Willard, C.A., Woods, J.A., Zarefsky, D.F. (1996). Fundamentals of Argumentation Theory: A Handbook of Historical Backgrounds and Contemporary Developments. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Curtis, G.N. (2001-2004). Fallacy Files: Two Wrongs Make a Right. Retrieved July 31, 2004:  http://www.fallacyfiles.org/twowrong.html 

Curtis, G. (2001-2004). Fallacy Files: Red Herring. Retrieved July 31, 2004:
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Misuse of Critical Thinking --

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But if one agrees with the jury that convicted her, that the evidence supports that "Stewart acted on illegally obtained information in selling her stock," the fact that some corporate executives might 'do worse' things does not make her illegal actions correct or 'a good thing.' Ironically, one of the reasons so many celebrities used the 'two wrongs make a right' defense of Stewart -- even if she did lie, there are worse things she could have done, and many CEOs do worse -- is that Stewart has so often been personally attacked as a successful female corporate executive, domestic diva, and brand wrapped up into one -- allegations that have nothing to do with her quality as a leader and a developer of a quality brand. But two logical fallacies in Stewart's case do not make a right either -- merely because Martha Stewart has been unfairly attacked does…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Downes, Stephen. (2005) The Logical Fallacies Index. Retrieved 21 Apr 2005 at http://www.datanation.com/fallacies/index.htm

'Fallacy: Straw man." (19 Apr 2005) Fallacy Files. Retrieved 21 Apr 2005 at   http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/ straw-man.html 

"Mission: Critical 'Burden of Proof.' (2005) St. John's University. Retrieved 21 Apr 2005 at http://www2.sjsu.edu/depts/itl/graphics/adhom/straw.html

'Martha Stewart / Insider Trading: not a "Good Thing" (Oct 22, 2002.) SRI Media. Retrieved 21 Apr 2005 at http://www.srimedia.com/artman/publish/article_245.shtml
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Half of the Country What

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It is not only subjective but also offensive. On the other hand, even if there may be cases in which people may be reluctant to work, this cannot be cause for generalization to the entire population that is not paying taxes. Further, the speaker dismisses this generalization when arguing that children, that do not pay taxes either, cannot be "punished" which means that at least they are not lazy.

Identify one psychological fallacy found in the speech. Provide the sentence and explain why it is a psychological fallacy

A psychological fallacy in the speech may be considered the one presented in the sentence "Before you know it, the Slackers will demand a new iPhone5." This sentence implies a generalization of an assumed practice on the one hand. Although the use of "iPhone 5" is symbolic, the speaker makes reference to a general good that the slackers may consider to be…… [Read More]

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Adverts Analyzed Long Fallowed Prompt Explicit Please

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adverts analyzed long fallowed prompt explicit... Please I provide.

Three ads:

Similar persuasive goals and logical fallacies for three different products

This McDonald's advertisement attempts to visually persuade the viewer that McDonald's is an all-natural product by showing McDonald's fries literally carved out of a potato ("Print advertising: 90 brilliant examples." Creative Bloq: 1). This is an example of a visually arresting advertisement designed to draw the viewer's attention but does not really communicate information about the product. After all, McDonald's fries are still unhealthy, deep-fried and laden with artificial ingredients and have a seemingly indefinite shelf life. However, simply because French fries contain potatoes, they are portrayed as a wholesome, all-natural product. Thus, the advertisement exhibits the "the fallacy of composition" which "is the fallacy of inferring from the fact that every part of a whole has a given property that the whole also has that property" (Fallacy of…… [Read More]

Works Cited

"Fallacy of composition." Logical Fallacies. [13 Nov 2013]

 http://www.logicalfallacies.info/relevance/composition/ 

"Print advertising: 90 brilliant examples." Creative Bloq. [13 Nov 2013]

 http://www.creativebloq.com/inspiration/print-ads-1233780
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Nixon's Speech This Is a

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C. with interest 4 1/2 per cent.

To further arouse compassion, he includes the personal detail about his parents:

"I owe $3,500 to my parents and the interest on that loan which I pay regularly, because it's the part of the savings they made through the years they were working so hard, I pay regularly 4 per cent interest."

. He calls himself "a man of modest means" adding that Abraham Lincoln said: "God must have loved the common people -- "he made so many of them." Nixon, inother words, refers to himself as a 'common'man.

In Paragraph 4, he abuses his opponent commiting the as hominem fallacy i.e. attemtpting to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out negative characteristics or beliefs of the person supporting it.

And now I'm going to suggest some courses of conduct. First of all, you have read in the papers about other…… [Read More]

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Business Critical Thinking

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Business Critical Thinking

To whom it may concern:

'Logically speaking...' How often do we say this simple phrase? There is a presumption that logic is not only good, but that the human mind can easily calculate the pros and cons of most decisions. However, the human brain did not evolve to naturally gravitate to an emotion-free, Spock-like way of evaluating options. "hen people face an uncertain situation, they don't carefully evaluate the information or look up relevant statistics. Instead, their decisions depend on mental short cuts, which often lead them to make foolish decisions. The short cuts aren't a faster way of doing the math; they're a way of skipping the math altogether" (Lehrer 2011). The sooner we admit this, the better we can cope with the challenges with which life presents us; the sooner a business organization admits this, the better it can guard against irrationality, or at least…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Gabor, Deborah. "Deirdre McCloskey's market path to virtue." Strategy + Business. 43 (2006)

[4 Jul 2012]  http://www.strategy-business.com/article/06211?pg=2 

Holt, Jim. "Two brains running." The New York Times. 27 Nov 2011. [4 Jul 2012]

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/27/books/review/thinking-fast-and-slow-by-daniel-kahneman-book-review.html?pagewanted=all
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Shirley Sherrod Was the Director

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In a context in which the majority of the media sources were blaming Shirley Sherrod of racism and bigotry, some journalists showed signs of professionalism and documented the entire situation. One such example is constituted by Matt McLaughlin who sought the tape with the entire video and gave it context. McLaughlin revealed that after the initial delegation of the white farmer to a white lawyer, the latter party failed to help the farmer. The help needed came from Sherrod who learnt the lesson that help was needed not only by the blacks, but by all poor people, regardless of race.

"The farmer called me and said the lawyer wasn't doing anything. And that's when I spent time there in my office calling everybody I could think so to try to see -- help me find the lawyer who would handle this. […] Well, working with him made me see that…… [Read More]

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Breitbart, a., 2010, Video proof: the NAACP awards racism-2010, Big Government, http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2010/07/19/video-proof-the-naacp-awards-racism2010 last accessed on February 9, 2011

McLaughlin, M., 2010, Full video vindicates Sherrod, destroys Breitbart's accusations of racism, Media Matters, http://mediamatters.org/mobile/blog/201007200083 last accessed on February 9, 2011

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2010, Video shows USDA official saying she didn't give 'full force' of help to white farmer, Fox News, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/19/clip-shows-usda-official-admitting-withheld-help-white-farmer / last accessed on February 9, 2011
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Pitch for Implementing Community Outreach a Community

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Pitch for Implementing Community Outreach

A community outreach initiative should be implemented in which area high school kids who have struggled with their behavior will go to local nursing home, cooking for and eating with residents on a weekly basis.

This community outreach initiative will be an effective one because it will be mutually beneficial to both the elderly folks and the students, thereby engendering a sense of solidarity within the community. This project will be productive since the kids will gain a sense of compassion for the elderly; at the same time, sharing a meal and conversing with the kids will help maintain the lucidity of the elderly. Nevertheless, there are a number of potential challenges that face such a project.

First, it will undoubtedly be difficult to convince these area youths to help the elderly; the vast majority of those selected for the project will have a poor…… [Read More]

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Social Darwinism Statement of the Issue Beginning

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Social Darwinism

Statement of the Issue

Beginning with a discussion of Social Darwinism's inherent logical fallacy, this study examines whether or not wealthy industrialists of the nineteenth century actually practiced what Social Darwinism called for. By considering the history of the concept and its relation to capitalism, it becomes clear that not only did wealthy industrialists practice Social Darwinism, but that they embraced it precisely because it provided a justification for the unethical business practices they were already engaged in.

Statement of the Issue

Social Darwinism was a major force in the political, economic, and social landscape of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, but it represents something of a conundrum for the historian attempting to determine whether or not the wealthy industrialists who were proponents of Social Darwinism actually practiced what they preached. The difficulty stems from the fact that Social Darwinism is itself an example of a formal…… [Read More]

References

Bannister, R. (1993). Social darwinism: Science and myth in anglo-american social thought.

Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Klein, S. (2003). The natural roots of capitalism and its virtues and values. Journal of Business

Ethics, 45(4), 387-401.
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Principal Ideas or Arguments Advanced

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The metaphor of the jigsaw puzzle-- "what good would it do to finish early? Three, the jigsaw puzzle isn't the important thing. The important thing is the fun of four people (one thin person included) sitting around a card table, working a jigsaw puzzle"-- illustrates that fat people enjoy the process of life and live in the moment, versus thin people who are purpose-driven and obsessed with completing tasks, even leisure-time activities that are supposed to be fun.

Q5. Identify the author's purpose and discuss whether or not she achieved that purpose.

The purpose of the author is to deflate society's obsession with perfection and to turn a bit of conventional wisdom -- the superiority of thinness and perfectionism -- on its head. The essay, through humor, achieves this purpose. Asserting the position in a serious way would likely have given rise to a debate about the health problems fostered…… [Read More]

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Marriage & Family Myths Critique

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According to the authors, this dynamic that many contemporary views consider to be a universal fact of life actually evolved only after the social changes introduced by the Industrial evolution. In fact, any so-called "modern" shift to a more egalitarian sharing of family responsibilities represents more of a return to the more natural state of families than any "radical" or "new" approach.

Branden (1999) agrees, again tying in excessive adherence to typical male and female roles as a potential source of unnecessary strain, especially where marital partners may be better suited to a different arrangement or sharing of responsibilities. Likewise, oberts (2007) also acknowledges the damage caused to marriage by dissatisfaction, especially among wives, as to the roles prescribed to them by society.

Myth # 4 - the Unstable African-American Family:

In their criticism of the notion that the African-American community reflects a lower level of marital and family stability…… [Read More]

References

Branden, N. (1999) the Psychology of Romantic Love. New York: Bantam.

Roberts, S. (2007) the Shelf Life of Bliss. The New York Times, July 1, 2007.

Schwartz, M.A., Scott, B.M. (2000) "Debunking Myths about Marriage and Families" in Marriages and Families: Diversity and Change.
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Minds Norman Malcolm Attempts to Highlight the

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Minds," Norman Malcolm attempts to highlight the difficulty of establishing the existence of minds other than one's own, specifically by dismantling the so-called "argument from analogy" (Malcolm 969). This actually makes Malcolm's argument a little easier to track, because he constructs it carefully in order to avoid the same logical fallacies he believes the argument from analogy engages in. By carefully tracking Malcolm's argument, one can see not only how the argument from analogy is insufficient as evidence for the knowledge of other minds, but also how Malcolm makes a convincing case for the ultimate impossibility of this knowledge, or at least, that the lack of this knowledge does not actually represent a true problem for philosophy.

Malcolm begins his argument by outlining a number of different variations of the argument from analogy. He begins with the most basic form, which is the idea that "I conclude that other human…… [Read More]

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Malcolm, Norman. "Knowledge of Other Minds." Journal of Philosophy. 55.23 (1958): 969-978.

Print.
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ethics and moral guidelines criminal justice

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.....personal ethics derive from a combination of established codifications of moral conduct, such as those embedded in political documents or in religious scripture, but also from my personality, my upbringing, and my worldview. I tend towards a utilitarian point-of-view, in that I do believe that the consequences of actions are more important than worrying about whether an action is inherently right or wrong. I also believe that there are situational variables that make true deontological ethics almost impossible to apply universally and without hypocrisy. Although I make some decisions based on the principle of doing the maximum amount to good for the maximum number of people, I also recognize the importance of a strong ethical character when making decisions "Six Ethical Theories Rough Overview," n.d.). This is why I believe that there can be no one ethical theory that encompasses all situations. A person who has a strong ethical character,…… [Read More]

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Women Right to Choose

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Women's Issues

The right to choose

In her article "The ight to Choose? eally?," Kathryn Jean Lopez outlines a number of benefits to the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) and denigrates the viewpoints of the pro-abortion opponents to ANDA. As Lopez notes at the start of her article, ANDA was enacted to enable hospitals and other healthcare providers to not have to perform abortion against their will. Lopez's main argument is that the bill is necessary because otherwise, healthcare providers have no choice but to provide abortions, even when abortions are antithetical to their sensibility. She argues that by preventing life, abortions are an affront to the purpose of the hospital. Accordingly, Lopez contends that ANDA actually promotes freedom since it allows hospitals the autonomy to choose whether or not to perform abortions.

By stating that ANDA endorses freedom, Lopez erroneously privileges the healthcare provider over the patients themselves. The purpose…… [Read More]

References

Lopez, K.J. (Fall 2002). "The Right to Choose? Really?" The Human Life Review, 39-44.
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Use of Language to Manipulate and Deceive

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Lying: Deceit in Language

Tools, such as hammers, have no inherent intent to deceive or malign. Only in the hands of its users do morals come into play. Lying is relative and in some instances the best of choices. Introspection accompanied with reasoning skills will help those receiving language signals to properly classify, and then act upon or ignore, these relations. The purpose of this paper is to examine the relative use of language, and specifically the relationship to its use and intentional miscommunication or deception.

I will develop this argument using the suggested written materials in order to point out how every argument can be interpreted with doubt and the intended consequence of deceit. I will also explore the idea of manipulation through deceptive language and the characteristics of such actions. It is my opinion that manipulation is a self-inflicted process that relies on an individual's decision to rely…… [Read More]

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Critical Thinking Erroneous Thinking

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Business Case Studies

Critical Thinking -- Erroneous Thinking

Logical Fallacies in Business Reporting

lthough the reporting of facts and figures is often thought of as an objective science, quite frequently even business reporting is characterized by logical fallacies, including but not limited to appeals to ignorance, hasty generalizations, and ad hominem attacks. In fact, one could argue that these logical fallacies, however, are particularly common and pernicious in business reporting because of the frequently technically complex nature of the subject matter in regards to facts and figures, combined with the emotional texture of business reporting that involves the fabric and texture of individuals lives. Reporters wish to attract attention and render complexities comprehensible, but frequently fall into logically fallacious traps to accomplish these objectives.

Fallacy

Hasty Generalization hasty generalization is often characterized by an all or nothing style of reporting. The fallacy of the hasty generalization is a failure of…… [Read More]

Appeal to Ignorance.

An appeal to ignorance is an appeal to the lowest common denominator of knowledge -- 'it's the economy, stupid,' one might say is the ideal example of this rhetorical device. It is a seductive rhetorical technique because it implies an individual's gut instinct and gut ignorance is correct, regardless of the facts. Recently, "William Wolman, author and former Business Week chief economist" has questioned "the usual explanation of the job problem -- a rise in productivity. In his opinion, many Americans are working far more hours than the productivity numbers measure. In fact, he ventures what he calls a radical notion that the workweek should be shortened, but with no reduction in pay." Wolman cites how the simplistic 'lazy American' trope is in fact misguided. In fact, Europeans work fewer hours and although the anti-European sentiment may contain American pride in our longer hours, one must ask if longer hours are really personally and economically profitable for the economy as a whole. ("The Key to Wealth," January 19, 2004, Business Week Online retrieved on January 19, 2004 at (http://www.aol.businessweek.com/bwdaily/index.html#top)

The fact that the American economy appears to be growing is assumed in the rhetoric of politicians to be proof that the economy is improving -- an 'I don't know much, but I know I have a job approach.' However, the quality of the jobs being generated and their long-term stability is important as well. "Everyone should realize that what the productivity number actually measures is nothing that you or I would call productivity. Instead, it's output per measured hour worked. Stress the word 'measured,' because it seems
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GE Moore

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G.E. Moore

According to G.E. Moore, Ethics is a "systematic science," that seeks to offer "correct reasons for thinking that this or that is good," (6). As a science and a rational discourse, Ethics must be based in logic and must not reflect any logical fallacies. Therefore, in sections 5-13 of Principia Ethica, Moore systematically analyzes the nature of 'good' and proves that it is logically impossible to define the term. In fact, Moore shows that one of the most common philosophical pitfalls is the attempt to define 'good,' either in absolute or relational terms. As Moore illustrates, good is indefinable because the concept is too simple and too fundamental. A definition necessarily implies a breaking down of something into relational parts; because the concept of 'good' cannot be broken down into any smaller elements, it cannot be defined logically. Because Ethics is a logical discourse, no philosopher studying Ethics…… [Read More]

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Labels a Method of Silencing

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If the impact was the result of government collusion against Hatfill, then many might believe that actual freedom can only be guaranteed by forcing the press to reveal those sources, so that corruption could be eliminated from the government. However, Martin does not even mention arguments like those found above. Instead, she touts the ideals of the free press, without any mention of who the press is meant to serve, the people, and without any look into the history of journalistic freedom in the United States.

Outline

I. Introduction: Martin's fails to adequately support her thesis, which is that the courts are using a new method, financial compulsion, to silence and intimidate journalists.

Martin's describes Toni Locy's predicament.

1. Judge Reggie alton, the judge from the Scooter Libby trial, is presiding over Hatfill's lawsuit.

2. alton has held Locy in contempt for failing to divulge sources.

3. Hatfill's sued the…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Miller, Judith. "Journalism on Trial." The Wall Street Journal 21 Feb. 2008: A16.
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The invisible gorilla book review and analysis

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Blending pop psychology with cognitive science, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons write about perceptual biases and inattentional blindness in The Invisible Gorilla. Sparked by a now-famous experiment the authors performed, The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us is not as much about intuition as the subtitle of the book suggests. Rather, the book describes six ways our brains are fooled by illusions. Recognizing and understanding the illusions can prevent people from making critical mistakes in judgment. Those mistakes can sometimes be egregious, as when cops presume a black man is a criminal or when drivers overestimate their ability to multitask on the road. Salesmen and stage magicians count on the brain’s susceptibility to illusion to be successful. Memories of past events are reconstructions, rather than accurate recordings of the facts. Therefore, the main reason why Chabris and Simons translated their research findings into a popular book written for a…… [Read More]

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Entomology of Village Life There

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The internet is a primary source of entertainment, the different cultural music and arts are uploaded on the internet, making the different cultures more accessible to the diverse cultures in other parts of the world. Apart from music and movies, which are freely ready for download on the internet, there is plenty of news on the internet, both in print and video form, which can be accessed by those interested. There is a lot of rebellion towards the use of internet, as some people are of the perception that some of the information from the internet might be prone to human error, and might be misleading to the users. Some authors and researchers have also indicated that there are several negative implications brought about by the internet; these include health, social and interpersonal implications, just but to name a few. Regardless of the criticisms and concern by certain groups of…… [Read More]

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Rory, O'Connor. Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media and Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands and Killing Traditional Media. New York: City Light Books Publishers, 2012. Print.

Paul, Pedersen. Routledge Handbook of Sport Communication. New York: Routledge Publishers, 2013. Print.

Weaver, D. & Willnat, L. The Global journalist in the 21st Century. New York: Routledge Publishers, 2012. Print.

Peters, C. & M.J. Broersma. Rethinking Journalism: Trust and Participation in a Transformed News Landscape. New York: Routledge Publishers, 2012. Print.
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Convince the Reader That the Reason That

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convince the reader that the reason that something happens (the cause) is linked to the result of that cause (the effect). In developing a cause and effect essay, the writer must be concerned with clearly determining and differentiating causes and effects, and creating a reasonable and believable argument to convince the reader. Often, cause and effect essays are marred by the presence of two logical fallacies, the non-sequitur (it does not follow) and the post hoc (after this, therefore because of this). In the non-sequitur fallacy, the author makes a conclusion that is not justified by the reasons given. The post hoc fallacy occurs when the reader concludes that a later event is caused because something occurred earlier (Capital Community College Foundation). When either of these fallacies occurs, it can do a great deal of damage to the credibility of an entire argument, and thus defeat the purpose of a…… [Read More]

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Capital Community College Foundation. The Guide to Grammar and Writing. 25 May 2004. http://webster.comment.edu/grammar/composition/argument_logic.htm

Lankard, Bettina A. Cultural Diversity and Teamwork. Cultural Diversity and Teamwork.

ERIC Digest No. 152, 1994-00-00. ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Career and Vocational Education Columbus OH. 25 May 2004. http://www.ericfacility.net/databases/ERIC_Digests/ed377311.html
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Value Exhorts the Reader to Pay Closer

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value? exhorts the reader to pay closer attention to the drivers of value. He argues that bubbles typically occur when people in the financial community lose sight of value, and that this is something that should be guarded against. Tried and true economic principles, he argues, will always hold, and the prudent investor will never forget them.

The prompt for Koller's article is the recession of 2008-2009, which resulted in a crisis. He spends a few paragraphs explaining, in brief, how he sees the crisis as having emerged. He cites two key factors. One is that a misinterpretation of the concept of value led bankers and investors alike to consider mortgage-backed securities as safe when they weren't. The mistake about value was thinking that by securitizing mortgages, that added value. He makes the point that securitizing the mortgages did not enhance their value, and therefore these products should not have…… [Read More]

References

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