To logically prove that indeed humans fail to cater for the absences in an

To logically prove that indeed humans fail to cater

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To logically prove that indeed humans fail to cater for the absences in an event, Gilbert presents the study done three decades ago. In the study, Americans were given two pairs of countries Ceylon and Nepal as well as West Germany and East Germany (109). They were required to choose the most similar and the most dissimilar of the two pairs. Interestingly, the results of the study showed that Americans selected the East and West Germany pair as the one most similar as well as one most dissimilar (109). It was left to the researchers to give their thought and Gilbert concludes that in such cases, humans are fond of identifying the presence of similarities in a phenomenon or event as well as the presence of dissimilarities (110). The fact that the mind and imagination ignore absences of an event or phenomenon means that this affects the decisions of the humans. Additionally, the narrator employs logos by using a survey he always does asking people how they would feel two years after they lost their first born. The responses he gets are that the respondents would be devasted. What these respondents fail to consider, and what he is trying to investigate, is that in these two years after the death of the eldest child, they would still be involved in some form of activity that would bring happiness. Unfortunately, the mind is fixated on the presence of an unfortunate event and not the attending to other missing events which would be important in gauging their happiness (111-112). The other lo gical argument that Gilbert talks about is that of delays and how painful delays can be, especially those that happen in the near future. He explains how many people would not accept to wait for a $20 bill tomorrow if they would receive $19 today. However, they
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  • Summer '16
  • michael jakait
  • Logic, Rhetoric, France 3, France 2, France Télévisions

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