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Think Again: How to Reason and Argue
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Ram Neta
Reasoning is important. This course will teach you how to do it well. You will learn how to understand and assess arguments by other people and how to construct good arguments of your own about whatever matters to you.
Week One: How to Spot an Argument (and separate it from surrounding verbiage)
If the trend of demonizing higher education and intelligence continues at its current pace we can expect to see more of this sort of thing in the future.
(Possibly as an act of vengeance, a history professor--compiling, verbatim, several decades' worth of freshman papers--offers some of his students’ more striking insights into European history from the Middle Ages to the present.)
History, as we know, is always bias, because human beings have to be studied by other human
A film by Vic Losick, "In God We Teach" tells the story of a high school student who secretly recorded his history teacher in class, and accused him of proselytizing for Jesus. The teacher, in danger of losing his job strenuously denied it. The specifics of the controversy lead directly to the church & state arguments that are in the news this election year. With Stephen Colbert, Alan Dershowitz, Neil deGrasse Tyson and others.
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