Due Week 2 and worth 30 points
When looking for information about a particular issue, how often do you try to resist biases toward your own point of view? This assignment asks you to engage in this aspect of critical thinking by playing the “Believing Game.” The Believing Game is about making the effort to “believe” – or at least consider – the reasons for an opposing view on an issue.
The assignment is divided into two (2) parts.
In Part I of the assignment (due Week 2), you will first read a book excerpt about critical thinking processes: “The Believing Game and How to Make Conflicting Opinions More Fruitful” at http://www.procon.org/sourcefiles/believinggame.pdf. Next, you will review the Procon.org Website in order to gather information. Then you will select a popular culture artifact (movie, song, or television episode) to analyze how the artifact addresses the opposing side to the topic (i.e. the topic you agree with) that you have selected.
Note: In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write an essay geared towards synthesizing your ideas.
Part I – Prewriting: Follow the instructions below for this prewriting activity. Use complete sentences and adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.
1. Select one (1) of the approved topics from the www.procon.org Website and state your position on the issue.
2. Select a Popular Culture artifact that represents the opposing side to your position. Utilize the Procon.org website to find premises, a minimum of three, that support this artifact’s position on the topic.
3. For the artifact that opposes your position on the issue, answer these “believing” questions suggested by Elbow:
a. What’s interesting or helpful about this view that the artifact presents?
b. What would I notice if I believed this view? For example: what situations in the show, lines in the song, etc would be important to notice and what affect do they have on society?
c. In what sense or under what conditions might this representation be true?
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
· Identify the informal fallacies, assumptions, and biases involved in manipulative appeals and abuses of language.
· Create written work utilizing the concepts of critical thinking.
· Use technology and information resources to research issues in critical thinking skills and informal logic.
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