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Argumentation

A Society with Poor Critical Thinking Skills: The Case for 'Argument' in Education

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Argument is a more complex and challenging cognitive skill for students than other genres of reading and writing, such as exposition or narration.

Negative Ads vs. Toulmin

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

In recent years, a host of new logical systems have emerged which allow us to do things Aristotle's system cannot.

Civility

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

For most people, civility translates to quieter, measured and (one hopes) thoughtful discussion (vs. the raised voices and uncomfortable feelings we associated with what we've come to think of as uncivil behavior).

The Principle of Charity

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Even if this election ends in a victory for the president, it's worth examining whether embracing our biases (and re-enforcing them by surrounding ourselves with people and media that confirm them) is ultimately good for us as individuals, party loyalists or citizens of the nation.

Bias Always Hurts the One You Love

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.16.2012 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Before deciding that a campaign based on accusations of dishonesty must work, it might be worth checking your own biases at the door, at least long enough to ensure they are not leading you, your cause and your candidate over another cliff.