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Assume it is true that the lower classes lived more simply and drank less wine from lead-lined containers. What do you consider the biggest disadvantage of mobile devices?

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Most of us are suspicious of exaggerated statements made in advertisements and by politicians, and are apt to ask why we should believe them. How would you interpret what Lincoln says? Suppose you are reading this book to acquire some information about the island because you hope to visit it as a tourist. Arguments are made up of sentences. Describe what evidence, if any, is offered for the assertion that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. Thus I learned to write a decent essay. If we want to insert indicator words and at the same time have the passage retain correct English style, we sometimes have to reorder the sentences, putting the conclusion sentence last. He believes that college courses have been so dumbed down that students no longer have to work hard to get good grades. In a different context, such as a survey conducted by a company selling painkillers or ice cream, seeking further information to support what people say about their pains and preferences makes sense. Although the actual truth of premisses is relevant for critical thinking, it is important to recognize that the truth of premisses and the support they would provide for a conclusion if they were true are two separate issues. Men tend to do better on timed multiple-choice tests than on essay tests. Similarly, detective stories tell us that without a body or other physical evidence , it is difficult to support claims that a murder has been committed. We might gather evidence that people were angry with his sending soldiers into a war Copyright Cengage Learning.

Moreover, any photograph, like any story—even a true one—begins from a point of view, establishes a context, and ignores some aspects of a setting to focus on others.

This order of presentation helps to motivate the use of formal methods in the subsequent sections on deductive logic and fallacies.

Can you think of any important differences between playing college football and working at a real job?

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One or two keystrokes will bring up the latest news, biographies of famous and not-so-famous people, details of historical events, sources of quotations, and instructions for cooking food or building furniture. Kitcher, Abusing Science We should examine not only what the various results of our action would be but also how probable each outcome is, and the relative benefits or costs of these outcomes.

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Introduction to logic and critical thinking salmon

Their study looked at the scores of thousands of college students who took the Collegiate Learning Assessment exam and found that the critical thinking ability of 45 percent of students did not improve after two years of college.

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Merrilee H. Salmon, Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking