Critical Thinking (3rd Edition) by Richard L. Epstein

By Richard L. Epstein

Serious considering isn't as effortless because it sounds. serious pondering indicates you the way decision-making error are made, and the way to prevent them. through combining easy factors with time-tested theories, severe considering is helping you meet the demanding situations of existence head-on. and since it comprises over 1000 examples drawn from lifestyle and lots of examine instruments, this textbook is helping you get the grade you would like.

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G. h. I am over 6 feet tall. Zoe is cold. The players on the basketball team had a B average in their courses, All men are created equal. i. It is better to be rich than famous. 8. Give an example of an ambiguous sentence you've heard recently. Additional Exercises 9. A special kind of ambiguity occurs when we're talking about what we say. For example, suppose I say: The Taj Mahal has eleven letters. I don't mean that the building has eleven letters, but that the name of it does. In speech we use a different tone of voice or make quote marks in the air with our fingers.

These are all extremely unlikely, but still possible. So the argument is strong, not valid. Since we know that Maria's hair is black, it's a good argument. How do we show an argument is weak? We describe at least one likely way in which the premises could be true and the conclusion false. 44 CHAPTER 3 What Is a Good Argument? Example 7 Harry: Every time I can remember eating eggs I've broken out in a rash. It couldn't be the butter or oil they're fried in, 'cause I remember it happening when I had hard-boiled eggs, too.

5. Public Health Is the Greatest Good for the Most Numbers (on the logo of the New Mexico Department of Health) 6. Too much TV is bad for children. 7. China has the largest land mass of any single country. 8. I've already heard the new album by Britney Spears. 9. There are five countries in North America. 10. 6 million claims last year—many within 48 hours! (Geico advertisement) 11. I'm going to throw up. 12. " Senator J. Rockefeller on "Day to Day," National Public Radio, July 23, 2004 13. Remember loved ones lost through Christmas concert.

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