By the age of 10, children have the ability to tell right from wrong, according to expert Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist. However, knowing how to distinguish a true statement from a false one is a skill that you have to learn. One vital component is spotting fallacies. Apple Polishing:
When you fall for a fallacy, you are taken in by false or misleading reasoning. Some fallacies appeal to such emotions as pity or guilt. Others leverage your anger or your fear. When you learn to recognize these kinds of fallacies, you are less susceptible to their squishy, insubstantial logic.
Activity: Pretend You’re a Marketer 1. Create an ad based on emotion. Use rhetoric containing emotive force. (Note: Rhetoric frequently involves language that contains emotive force and affects what others believe without actually providing logical reasons for a claim.) Look at Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotion below and decide which emotional
Rhetoric is the art of influence, friendship and eloquence, of ready wit and irrefutable logic. And it harnesses the most powerful of social forces, argument. – Jay Heinrichs The above quote is from Jay’s book Thank You For Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About The Art
In Aristotle’s world, rhetoric was the art of discovering all available means of persuasion, and he heavily emphasized the logical aspect of this process. He considered rhetoric a counterpart of both logic and politics, and called it “the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion.”
In day-to-day life “arguing” is usually understood to mean a disagreement or fight, and something that most try to avoid. But, in truth, arguments are part of critical thinking processes – part of how we use logical reasoning. The general structure for a logical argument is: This is my
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Here’s a simple game you can play to test some of your Logic Dogs vocabulary words. If you haven’t watched Logic Dogs #1, you can watch it now: For small breeds (younger kids) For medium breeds (older kids) In following statements, roll your mouse over the antecedent. 1. If