CRITICAL THINKING

Start by reading and following these instructions:

  1. Quickly skim the questions or assignment below and the assignment rubric to help you focus.
  2. Read the required chapter(s) of the textbook and any additional recommended resources. Some answers may require you to do additional research on the Internet or in other reference sources. Choose your sources carefully.
  3. Consider the discussion and the any insights you gained from it.
  4. Create your Assignment submission and be sure to cite your sources, use APA style as required, check your spelling.

Assignment:

  1. What are the two arenas that are used to assess credibility? How do they tie into the degrees of credibility and incredibility?
  2. How does the content of the claim relate to fallacies from the previous chapter? How does an observation relate to fallacies?
  3. Why is background information essential to assessing a claim? Give an example from last month’s news to support your answer.
  4. Name five ways that one can prove his/her expertise. Explain how they are not always foolproof using examples from current events.

MOD 4

Start by reading and following these instructions:

  1. Quickly skim the questions or assignment below and the assignment rubric to help you focus.
  2. Read the required chapter(s) of the textbook and any additional recommended resources. Some answers may require you to do additional research on the Internet or in other reference sources. Choose your sources carefully.
  3. Consider the discussion and the any insights you gained from it.
  4. Create your Assignment submission and be sure to cite your sources, use APA style as required, check your spelling.

Assignment:

  1. Watch a cable news program for one full hour where guests are asked to provide their opinions. List the rhetorical devices or logical fallacies or both, found during the dialogue by name of show, time of day, host name, guest name, and organization to which the guest belongs. Evaluate the motivation for this person in using rhetorical devices or logical fallacies.
  2. Define the 13 rhetorical devices in common use and give examples, stating how each tie into critical thinking.
  3. What are the emotional fallacies and their premises and conclusions? Use current events from the last month as examples.
  4. What are the non-emotional fallacies and their premises and conclusions?
  5. Name 5 emotions and the fallacies that are associated with them. Give examples of each as they relate to something important to you.

MOD 5

Start by reading and following these instructions:

  1. Quickly skim the questions or assignment below and the assignment rubric to help you focus.
  2. Read the required chapter(s) of the textbook and any additional recommended resources. Some answers may require you to do additional research on the Internet or in other reference sources. Choose your sources carefully.
  3. Consider the discussion and the any insights you gained from it.
  4. Create your Assignment submission and be sure to cite your sources, use APA style as required, check your spelling.

Assignment:

  1. Name 5 of the 11 ad hominem fallacies and explain how they confuse the qualities of a person making a claim with the qualities of the claim.
  2. Are fallacies used in politics? Give an example from the most recent election.
  3. Listen a talk radio program, a television program, or have a conversation with another person. Provide examples of the following that you’ve overheard:

– Hasty generalization (describe which type and why it was incorrect)

– Generalizing from exceptional cases (describe which type and why it was incorrect)

– Fallacious appeal to Popularity (common belief) (describe which type and why it was incorrect)

  1. What is “begging the question”? Give a real life scenario in which this has happened to you.
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