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WK8DQ3 - You need to find out the facts of the issue by...

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According to the textbook The Art of Thinking how to overcome oversimplications in your argument, you first need to examine each part of your argument for errors affecting truth. To be sure this examination is not perfunctory, play devil’s advocate and challenge the argument, asking pointed questions about it, taking nothing for granted. Note any instances of either/or thinking, avoiding the issue, over generalizing, oversimplifying, double standard, shifting the burden of proof, or irrational appeal. In addition, check to be sure that the argument reflects the pro and con arguments and is relevant to the scenarios you produced earlier.
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Unformatted text preview: You need to find out the facts of the issue by reading everything you can about it; not just by those whose opinion is the same as yours. Most "complex" issues are really not that complex, they are just made to seem that way. Examine your argument for validity errors; that is, consider the reasoning that links conclusions to premises. Determine whether your conclusion is legitimate or illegitimate. If you find one or more errors, revise your argument to eliminate them. The changes you will have to make in your argument will depend on the kinds of errors you find....
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