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INTL4260_Mar27 - 7 Provides explanation of enemy’s...

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Thursday, 27 March 2008 Analogical Reasoning Definition: Theory of decision making for new situations o A shortcut Argument: Human beings reason by analogy o Confronts new problem with past experiences (analogical base) o We adopt the understanding of the past event and overlay it on top of the new problem Analogies do: 1. Define the nature of the problem 2. Define the issues at stake 3. Provides course of action 4. Provides probability of success for various strategies 5. Provides moral guidance 6. Warns about potential unsuspected dangers
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Unformatted text preview: 7. Provides explanation of enemy’s motivation 8. Set reference points • Political manipulation o When a leader tries to convince we need to be assertive, they bring out Hitler analogy (unchecked aggression leads to war) o When a leader tries to convince us we need to stand back, they bring out Vietnam analogy (we shouldn’t get involved) A way to get you to fill in the information for a problem that you don’t have information about to get you to go along with their policy...
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