Reason as a tool…

Today, Tuesday in class, do what you can to learn about fallacies – particularly logical fallacies.  This web site will help you understand what is the crux of the matter and will help you to disinguish between types of fallacies.  Please play particular attention to syllogistic reasoning and the potential for errors in this type of deductive reasoning.  A syllogism – when used incorrectly – can lead to a deductive fallacy.  If you work your way through this Purdue University site, you can see the ways that these fallacies work in writing.  As you broaden your research, perhaps you would be best served by reading an overview that includes examples from a range of sources.  In addition, look carefully for the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning.  Which is best?  Now that you’ve done some basic background research, you may take your research in a direction you choose.  Your objective is to explore how logic works – including what its limitations are.

Feel free to take any notes, print out any useful pages in an effort to be prepared to show off what you know.

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As we explore emotion…

there were several things that came up in discussion today.  We discussed emotional intelligence and the test results.  Here is an overview if you didn’t get a chance to attend today.  One idea that came up in 4th period was the role Ethos, Pathos, and Logos play in knowing things.  Here is a link about their role in crafting an effective speech.

In 5th period, we talked about effective leadership.  What role might emotional intelligence play in making one an effective leader?  Here’s what the Harvard Business Review had to say on the matter.

In 6th period, we discussed the possibility of micro-expressions.  Here is an example of one of the tests. This second test uses video – Give it a shot.  Don’t forget to track some of your outside research that you do on these areas of interest for your journal.

And lastly, here’s a blog post from Goleman himself explaining the origin, the journey, and the significant impact of Emotional Intelligence in our global society.  Check out the links to enhancing emotional intelligence

During class on Monday, October 7th…

you are attempting a new challenge.  To write a complete and quality draft of an essay in response to the following prompt:

“A skeptic is one who is willing to question any knowledge claim, asking for clarity in definition, consistency in logic and adequacy of evidence” (adapted from Paul Kurtz, 1994). Evaluate this approach in two areas of knowledge.

Please write your essay (legibly) on lined paper without consulting additional resources.  Your essay, given that it will be produced in class, should be roughly 1,000-1,200 words.

I HIGHLY recommend brainstorming and organizing your ideas prior to writing.  Before submitting your work to the substitute, please identify your thesis clearly in the margin.  Essays (and all preparatory brainstorming and/or outlining) are due at the end of class Monday.  Good Luck.