response1-399 - Political Science The following is an...

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Political Science The following is an example of a claim without hedges or limiting conditions: I am here to announce to you the cure for cancer. The cure is combination of 44 mol of Acetic Acid at 471 Kelvin and 3.3 mol of Ascorbic Acid at 203 Kelvin. No other combination of elements work. Such a statement sparks questions of credibility in the reader’s mind. The following statement, a replication of the statement above, includes both hedges (in bold) and limiting conditions (underlined italicized): I am here with a proposition of a cure for cancer. I believe that the cure is a combination of 44 mol of Acetic Acid a 471 Kelvin and 3.3 mol of Ascorbic Acid at 203 Kelvin, assuming that our measuring instruments are accurate . From my experiments and those of my colleagues based on the elements that are currently on the periodic table , there appears to be no other combination of elements that work as efficiently. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines a hedge as
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course POLISCI 101 taught by Professor Laraja during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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