Reflection of the Future Generation, Asking the Right Questions, pp.63-76

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The current uproar over LGBT students in the public school setting is reminiscent of that which took place in the 1950s with regard to desegregation of all-white schools (more than sixty years ago). What will your great-grandchildren say sixty years from now (2076) about this current uproar? Write a response of at least 200 words.

Read pages 63-76 of the textbook, Asking the Right Questions (EMCC edition).

1. What is a rival cause? Why are rival causes usually not included in a speaker’s claim?
2. When should you, as a critical thinker, look for rival causes? What are some words in a person’s claim that could lead you to believe that there might be rival causes that the person is leaving out?
3. A college sophomore tells his friend, “My father said he wasn’t going to pay for the gas for my car anymore. I must have really ticked him off!” What are some rival causes for his father’s response?
4. How is the discussion of rival causes related to our previous lessons regarding fallacies?
5. A presidential candidate states that increases in certain crimes is due to the increase of illegal immigration. What are some other rival causes that he/she may be leaving out of his speech?
6. What does the author mean by determining between the cause and a cause?
7. The author states, “What we choose to look for influences what we are able to see.” Explain what this means in regard to critical thinking and rival causes.
8. A researcher provides her results from a test of a new product on a select group of diabetic patients. She states that “Eighty-one percent of diabetics found relief in using this product.” What questions might you have for this researcher about her results and how they apply to a bigger population of diabetics?
9. Explain why the author states that correlation and causation are not the same thing and that seeing them as the same is actually dangerous.

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