Day 5 - Thursday
- return remaining skeletal arguments
- What is evidence?
It answers the question, "How do you know?"
Let's break that down.
KNOW: Evidence is proof,
statements that will be indisputable for now. Evidence is not
debatable, in other words; it differs in this aspect from reasons and
claims. Evidence is usually founded in observations because things we
can sense are the least debatable, most persuasive. The observations
can be your own or an expert's.
YOU: Evidence, though not
debatable, is open to interpretation. We experience things &endash;
sense them &endash; differently, though usually we're all on a
similar wavelength. E.g. Calvin Klein ad for perfume Truth says, "The
senses don't lie." No, they don'tŠ but do we all think that the
perfume smells good? We interpret the same stimulus
Evidence must be warranted. It's difficult to see the
relevance of some evidence; in that case, the relevance must be shown
&endash; a warrant stated. E.g. "It's going to rain today." Evidence:
I see clouds, I heard the weather report, I read the barometer, I
looked it up in the Farmer's Almanac. A potentially confusing piece
of evidence: "My bones ache." How is aching bones related to rain? An
explanation is required.
III. Skeletal arguments: Group work/
Students are grouped by artist. Share your work with
others, paying particular attention to the evidence those disagreeing
(those who chose a different myth to compare to the artist's account)
offer to support their position.
Homework: No new reading.
Please review. Start thinking of interesting claims to make about the
nature of creativity in generalŠ always a choose-your-own-adventure
paper topic. First paper assigned next Thursday.
Types of Evidence: Day 5 activity
- William Blake, the English Romantic poet, was
- That pill alleviates the symptoms of the common
- I'm an involved citizen.
- Britney Spears is a popular singer.
- It's beneficial for a student to be involved in a
- Pets improve the quality of life for elderly
- People over the age of 65 should have to pass a
driving test annually in order to keep their licenses.