Sunday, September 22, 2013

For Argument's Sake

Why do we argue? To out-reason our opponents, prove them wrong, and, most of all, to win! ... Right? Philosopher Daniel H. Cohen shows how our most common form of argument -- a war in which one person must win and the other must lose -- misses out on the real benefits of engaging in active disagreement. (Filmed at TEDxColbyCollege.)
Philosopher Daniel H. Cohen studies language and the way we argue through reason

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Part 1: The Ten Golden Rules of Argument

Good morning, today I would like to share about the Ten Golden Rules of Argument..

Golden Rule 1: Be Prepared
Before starting an argument, think carefully about what you want. Do you want the other person just to understand your point of view? Or are you seeking a tangible result?

Logicians talk about a "premise" and a "conclusion". A premise is a fact upon which it logically follows that there will be a particular conclusion. For example, "I like romantic comedies, therefore I like the movie "Pretty Woman". Here the premise is that I like romantic comedies and the logical conclusion is that I like the movie Pretty Woman. Sometimes, several premises are needed to reach a conclusion.

How to write a good introduction?

The video link below will help you to write a better introduction:

How to write a strong Thesis Statement

Many students find it hard to state a thesis statement. This video link below will help to shed some light on this topic: