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Chapter One Human Inquiry and Science
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How do we decide what to  believe? Example: Drinking during pregnancy is a  terrible idea, right? Or not?
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How do we decide what to  believe?  “One in two marriages ends in divorce” Or do they?
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How do we learn from the world  around us? Personal  experience and  indirect sources We learn about  probability and  cause and effect Tradition: “Because  it’s always been  that way” Examples?
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How do we learn from the world  around us? Authority What are the limitations  of depending on  authority? Overgeneralization My one experience  proves… Inaccurate and  selective observations
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Problems with nonscientific  beliefs Based on limited knowledge Tend to believe that what is in our minds is the only truth Intuitive thinking ( it just makes sense ) Cognitive consistency Authorities can make mistakes!
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So, what is real? We live in a state of naïve realism most of 
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2012 for the course COMM 300 taught by Professor Yanovitsky during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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Chapter+One - Chapter One Human Inquiry and Science How do...

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