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The YouTube video you'll be asked to reconstruct and critique in your argumentative essay (see the Capstone Assignment in LM 10) -- "The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See," above -- contains a number of statements that can be expressed in propositional logic. In particular, the grid that WonderingMind42 constructs (the whiteboard drawing) can be rendered as a series of statements, each of which can be placed within one of the cells in the grid. Many of these these statements can be rendered as complex, compound statements, i.e., compound statements that contain more than one type of connective (negation, conjunction, disjunction, if-then, if-and-only-if). If we are able to translate these propositions accurately into a truth-functional logic, we will be able to reconstruct the argument very precisely and then evaluate it fairly. And that's what you'll want to do in your essay.

This Forum will prepare you for the essay assignment. Please participate actively and read what others are saying.  

Your first assignment is to reconstruct the statements that WonderingMind42 uses in his grid. Remember that they must be complete declarative statements (no fragments or smiley faces, please)! You can write them in plain old English, but they must contain appropriate statement connectives (not, and, or, if-then, if-and-only-if).

Your second assignment is to tell us what you think of this video. Is it worthwhile, or is this guy just another Internet quack? What reasons can you offer for your position?

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