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Unformatted text preview: Verbal, mathematical, and logical statements which are purely rhetorical and are not necessarily true are of little use other than as the raw beginnings of research. They are dangerous because many people uncritically believe them without first proving them. Descriptions of this type may or may not be accurate. For example, just because it is physically possible for someone to say, or even to believe that 2 + 2 = 5, does not mean that if you make a pile of two objects, then add two objects, you will then have five objects. Explanations of this type are based on verbal proliferation, rhetorical sharpening, and appeals to emotion and common sense. Various observers often disagree. These types of statements have a very poor track record because they can allow permanent self-deception. When one purely rhetorical observer cannot agree with another purely rhetorical observer, there is no method to...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09