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C the island of antigua located in the caribbean

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c) The island of Antigua, located in the Caribbean, boasts secluded caves and dazzling beaches. The harbour at St John’s is filled with the memories of the great British navy that once called there. This passage is merely a description, not an argument. g) [Donald Wildmon, an American United Methodist minister, quoted in Time magazine, 2 June 2003] Could somebody have a husband and a woman partner at the same time and be a Christian? . . . I doubt that seriously . This is not an argument, but an expression of opinion. i) [Richard Stengel, You’re Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery , New York: Simon & Schuster , p. 14] In many ways, flattery works like a heat seeking missile, only what
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Good Reasoning Matters! A Constructive Approach to Critical Thinking, Fifth Edition © Oxford University Press Canada, 2012 the missile homes in on is our vanity. And vanity, as the sages tell us, is the most universal human trait. . . . Flattery almost always hits its target because the target— you, me, everybody—rises up to meet it. We have no natural defense system against it. This passage contains an argument that can be summarize have defined an argument d as follows: P1 = Flattery works like a heat-seeking missile, only what it homes in on is our vanity. P2 = Vanity, as the sages tell us, is the most universal human trait. C = Flattery almost always works (i.e. hits its target). j) [From Time magazine, 2 June 2003, p. 4] As a single father who, when married, held down a demanding job and fully participated in child rearing and household chores, I was offended by Pearson’s fatuous attempt to mine the worn-out vein of humour about useless males. She defines a husband as “a well-meaning individual often found reading a newspaper.” None of the fathers and husbands I know come anywhere close to this stereotype. I was dismayed that Time would publish such tired pap and think it’s funny or relevant. This passage contains no premise or conclusion indicators. The only possible evidence offered for a conclusion is the claim that none of the fathers and husbands they know come anywhere close to the definition Pearson proposes. As this would be a weak argument (for how could the reader know that such premises are true?), this is better classified as an expression of opinion. r) [From a Letter to the Editor, in National Geographic , May 1998, which is a comment on an article on the aviator Amelia Earhart, who disappeared on a flight over the Pacific in July 1937] I was sorry to see Elinor Smith quoted, impugning Amelia’s flying skills, in the otherwise excellent piece by Virginia Morell. Smith has been slinging mud at Earhart and her husband, George Putnam, for years, and I lay it down to jealousy. Amelia got her pilot’s license in 1923 (not 1929 as Smith once wrote) and in 1929 was the third American woman to win a commercial license. There is an attempt to develop an argument here, supporting the memory of Earhart by
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