Analytical Writing and Thinking: Facing the Tests by Arthur Whimbey, Myra J. Linden

By Arthur Whimbey, Myra J. Linden

This textbook is designed to reinforce the considering and writing talents that scholars desire for either educational and occupational luck. It is helping to organize scholars for the verbal parts of the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GED, and GRE and gives the best way to cross writing assessments usually required for promotion/graduation and on-the- activity writing assignments.

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In striving to be “objective” journalists try to tell all sides of the story. am i making myself clear? But it is not always easy for us to tell when a science story really has more than one side—or to know who must be heeded and who can safely be ignored. When we cast too wide a net in search of balance, we can end up painting situations as more complicated or confusing than they really are. You can think of plenty of examples of such stories: climate change (it’s real, and people are contributing to it); HIV and AIDS (the virus does cause the disease); vaccine preservatives as a cause of autism (not).

If a thing or event is going to have major repercussions—if it is going to change medical practice, move the stock market, or close a highway, it is more likely to make news. Eminence or celebrity—the importance or fame of the people or institutions involved. ” This is one 32 the landscape of journalism reason why press releases for journals like Science and Nature identify the work sites of researchers whose papers they publish—they know news outlets love reports about people in their area. Timeliness.

Know your audience In my view, it is this ignorance of how research is done, as much as ignorance of scientific or technical facts, that leads so many Americans to embrace creationism, astrology, and UFOs. Statistics on this point vary according to how questions are asked, but the National Science Foundation, in its 2008 survey of attitudes toward and knowledge of science, found that a minority of Americans—about 45 percent—accept the theory of evolution, a percentage that has held more or less steady for years.

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