Assumptions and Fallacies
HUM/111, Professor Jennifer Morin
What are assumptions? How do you think assumptions might interfere with critical thinking? What might you do to avoid making assumptions in your thinking?
Assumptions are beliefs or ideas of something with no proof of evidence. Assumptions interfere with our critical thinking because we aren’t utilizing our skills to our best knowledge. It hinders individuals to think critical because we have that perpetual block that stops us from looking at every angle of the equation. We allow our assumptions to take direction instead ...view middle of the document...
Assuming in anything can be potential hazardous not just in critical thinking.
What are fallacies? How are fallacies used in written, oral, and visual arguments? What might you do to avoid fallacies in your thinking?
Fallacies are defined as a mistaken belief and based on an illogical argument. Fallacies are used in many things we see or hear. Fallacies are glorified fabrications of the truth. They are used in writing to get the reader focused on the topic without using logic. They are used in writing, oral, and visual arguments to sway individuals to their point of view. It is significant to understand two aspects about misconceptions: first, fallacious advices are very, very common and can be rather persuasive. Second, it is hard to determine if an argument or story is fallacious. There are so many ways to detect a fallacy, for an example grading this test on a curve would be the reasonable idea to do. After all, curriculums go more efficiently when the students and the professor are getting along well. This is called a red herring. The fact that something helps people get along doesn’t necessarily make it fairer; equality and justice occasionally involves us to doing things that produce conflict. This is just one of the many ways to use fallacy in writing, oral, or visual arguments.