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Department
Business
Course
BU121
Professor
Roopa Reddy
Semester
Winter

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Critical Thinking Monday, January 28, 2013 1:21 PM • Reading, thinking, learning that involves asking questions, examining assumptions, weighing validity of arguments • Improves your arguments to make communication more effective/persuasive Claims • Major conclusion that author is trying to persuade you to accept • "in summary…", "in fact…" etc. • Uncontested vs. contestable claims (is it common sense?) • Uncontested: conditions in which people may accept claim without challenge (ex. is it consistent with own observations/experiences?) • Examine and evaluate evidence given to justify claim • Application • Present ideas with clarity and emphasis, use visuals • Put claim up front, use cue words • Use headings and subheadings to make logic transparent, easy to follow Evidence • "why is this true?" - argument = claim + evidence • Ex. stats, details of actual events, anecdotes • "because", "as a result", "for example", "studies show" • Quality of evidence: accuracy, precision, sufficiency, representativeness, authority, clarity • Application • Clearly state meaning/significance of evidence • Present arguments in form of claim and supporting evidence • Treat evidence as claims, provide evidence to show soundness Underlying Assumptions • "Logical link that fills gap between evidence and c
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