Final Paper: Communicating With the Dead
Write a 400-word paper that explores the following: IN YOUR OWN WORDS, use the
steps of the SEARCH formula (as described in the week and in our textbook) to judge the
hypothesis found in the section of the weird
Are These Claims Reasonable?
Answer the following questions from Evaluate These Claims. Are they Reasonable? Why or
Why Not on page 213 in How to think about weird things: 1-5.
1. Jane has lived in her house for ten years and has just started to see ghost
What is critical thinking? Define "critical thinking" in your own words.
Critical thinking is a skill used to analyze and evaluate information. Using deductive and
inductive logic (study of arguments) to evaluate and form arguments, containin
Review Intuition: its Powers and Perils by David G. Myers.
Write a three-paragraph essay using the information found in this link. In the essay,
explain in your own words the perils (dangers) of intuition and why intuition often errs (goes
Deductive and Inductive Arguments
3. What is the difference between a deductive argument and an inductive argument?
The premises are intended to prove the conclusion in deductive arguments, so the conclusion is
certain. On the other hand, the premises are
Criteria of Adequacy and SEARCH
Answer the Study Questions on page 288 in How to think about weird things: 1-2.
1. What is the SEARCH formula?
The search formula is a method consisting of four steps needed to evaluate a claim.
1. State the claim.
Identify a contradiction by symbolizing the premises of an argument found in a
newspaper or magazine. You may use the Internet, the library, or a supermarket tabloid (e.g., The
National Enquirer) to access or obtain the newspaper or maga
Complete Critical Reading and Writing Part I on page 213 in How to think about weird things: 15.
Read the passage below and answer the following questions.
1. What theory is being offered as an explanation for the existence of crop circles
Using the following deductive argument, substitute a paranormal phenomenon for the
variable x and analyze and evaluate the resulting argument (i.e., use Critical Thinking) like the
ESP example provided in PART IV of the Key Points
Knowledge and Destiny
Based on your understanding of what knowledge involves, what knowledge is, and what
the sources of knowledge are, in a three-paragraph essay answer the following question:
Is it reasonable to believe that the position of the stars
Complete Study Questions 1-5 on page 91 in How to think about weird things.
1. What besides true belief do you need in order to have knowledge?
According to Plato, Knowledge is true belief that is grounded in reality. What grounds
Personal Beliefs and Evidence
Complete the Field Problem on page 152 in How to think about weird things.
Examine the following statements. Pick one that you strongly believe (or make up one of your
own) and ask yourself: What evidence would persuade me to
Personal Experience Discussion Questions
Answer Discussion Questions 2 and 4 on page 152 in How to think about weird things.
2. Is Mrs. Rubio justified in believing that the face she sees in the tortilla is the face of
Jesus? Why or why not?
Mrs. Rubio is
Personal Experience and Knowledge
Answer the following Study Questions on page 151 in How to think about weird things: 1-4, 6-8,
1. How might the constructive nature of your perceptions play a role in what you experience
while youre walking at
Possible World vs. Actual World
Review the PowerPoint presentation The Possibility of the Impossible.
Use the information in this link to write a three-paragraph essay. In this essay, define in
your own words the following:
Mystical Experience vs. Knowledge
Using the following deductive argument, substitute some mystical experience (that you,
a family member, or friend has lived) for the variable x and analyze and evaluate the resulting
argument (i.e., use Critical Thinki
ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION
Analysis and Evaluation Continued
Read the passage below (p. 60) and answer the following questions:
1. What is the claim (conclusion) being argued for in this passage?
There is no scientific evidence for the phenomena of reve
Analysis and Evaluation
Directions: Rewrite the letter so that it contains at least one argument. Try to preserve as much of
the original letter as possible. Stay on the same topic.
Letter to the Editor 1: School District Used Students as Pawns