2 My Impressions of “America’s Shame” 1. My first impression is of the second paragraph of the article where it talks about how “the value of human life does not diminish when we cross national boundaries” (Singer, 2009). This statement is an emotional one, which causes me to think about all our homeless and what we need to do to help them before we go helping others. Why should we help others if we cannot even help our own? That question needs to be answered first, before we answer any other questions about helping others. 2. The other goes into listing ways to teach people about the causes of poverty. These suggestions are his personal opinion on the subject and may have different opinions from other on the same subject. 3. While defining extreme poverty and the most basic of human needs, he states facts about the amount of money “a billion people are living on” each day.
Recognizing Arguments In this assignment, you will apply key concepts covered in the module readings. You will identify the component parts of arguments and differentiate between various types of arguments such as strict, loose, inductive, and deductive. You will then construct specific, original arguments. There are two parts to the assignment. Complete both parts. Part 1 1a: Identify Components of Arguments Identify the component parts of the argument, premises and conclusion, for the following passages. Where applicable, highlight key words or phrases that identify a claim as a premise or a conclusion. Refer to the following example: “All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore, Socrates is mortal.” All men are mortal. Premise Socrates is a man. Premise Therefore , Socrates is mortal. Conclusion “Therefore” is a key word indicating the claim is the conclusion. 1. Sue is pregnant and will give birth to one child. We know already this child has no genetic anomalies. If Sue’s baby is a boy, he will be named Mark. If Sue’s baby is a girl, she will be named Margaret. Sue will have either a boy or a girl. So we know Sue’s baby will be named Mark or Margaret. Sue is pregnant and will give birth to one child Premise This child has no genetic anomalies Premise Sue will have either a boy or a girl Conculsion 2. If the library has The Lord of the Rings, you won’t find it on the first floor. This is because all fantasy novels are fiction and all works of fiction are housed on the second floor of the library. Of course, I am assuming that all the books are properly shelved at this time. All fantasy novels are fiction Premise All fiction are housed on the second floor Premise The Lord of the Rings won’t be on the first floor Conclusion Page 1 of 8 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving ©2011 Argosy University Online Programs