For this Discussion I would like you to find ONE real-life example of a Fallacy of Reasoning as listed in Chapter 4 of the reading, Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking by Matthew J. Van Cleave (Links to an external site.).  The example you find could be from any source, e.g., a political debate, a journal article, a textbook you are reading for a class, a discussion you are having with someone, a blog or video that you read or watch, a class lecture or discussion, etc.

I would ask that the example you choose be current and be something that you actually discover as fallacious.  Sometimes for this assignment students simply Google “Ad Hominem”, and as a result, one semester I received a dozen examples from a Sesame Street episode featuring a bit with Bert and Ernie.  I am fairly certain that a dozen of my students were not watching the same Sesame Street episode and so I knew they were all using Google to do the research for them.  So please simply review and survey actual readings, videos, talks, lectures, discussions, and such that you come across this week and in your Post please:

1.Summarize and explain the source/example that you found in which you think there is a fallacy.  You can even provide a link to the source if you like, although you do not need to if you provide a summary sufficient to explain the example.
2.Next, define and describe the Fallacy you think occurs.  Information of the fallacies can be found in Chapter 4 of the reading above.
3. Finally, explain how the example you chose commits the Fallacy and offer a suggestion as to how the example you found may be made a stronger argument without the fallacy being committed. 


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Glover, Humanity, Part IV

For this week’s Discussion Board, read PART 4 of the book then please choose ONE of the following options and write a 3-4 paragraph response making sure to refer to the text.

Reply to one student.

  1. According to Glover why is it the case that authorities are determined to keep the traps of war in place? Consider the current wars taking place in the world. Syria, Ukraine, Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq,. Discuss the ways that authorities are showing their determination to keep the traps of war in place. What are the traps, currently?
  2. Focusing especially on Chapter 20: What is acceptable to show about the violence of war in photographs and videos? Glover discusses many examples of the kinds of violence in war that is not shown to average citizens “on the home front.” (chapter 20). What is the result of not showing these images? Do you think these images should be shown and explain your answer to this question. (see especially p. 172 regarding Iraqi civilians burned to death by an American missile strike.).
  1. Based on the reading (Glover Part IV), list as many traps as you can of the First World War. Choose one that is especially of interest to you and explain the cause as Glover discusses it. Analyze Glover’s discussion. (chapter 21)

cite specific passages in the assigned texts to discuss, explain, defend, or amplify your analysis.