What is the difference between persuasion and logical argument? When does either turn into a fight? What is the best way to get out of an uncomfortable exchange of opinion?
Many people today are talking about the growing gap between the rich and poor. However, today’s poor (in the United States, at least) are much better off than most people (not just the poor) a century ago. Does it matter that there’s an increasing gap between the rich and the poor if the standard of living for the poor keeps going up?
Can we ever be sure that our perception of things is right – without consulting other people? If we do consult others, how are we to know whether theirs is true or if we’re both deluded?
What is the difference between people who do not yet exist (future generations) and people we do not know? Can we harm the non-existent? Example: If we eat a lot of tuna now, there may not be enough tuna restocked by nature for others who follow us. So does our current hunger justify using up all the tuna? Or if others would like tuna, or will be hungry, is it our human responsibility to save some of the tuna for them? Do we owe first to those who we do not know or those with us?
Do we live by the rules of law? The moral laws we have formed for ourselves? Or do the rules we live by change by what is popularly thought and followed?
We imagine the drama in our life as being unlike any other person’s drama. Our tragedy is far greater. Hurts more. Our problems are far more devastating that the next person’s. But is our drama so different? Or has the same type of dramas, uncertainty, or hardships always been part of life? Has there always been danger in the environment, and people who do bad things to others?
If so, then, is this then the human experience? How do you explain the feeling that your drama is worse than another person’s?
What is the difference between a stranger and a friend. Although, you may think you know a friend more, do we really know those people in our lives, or do we see them only through the perspective we wish to give them?
Do you think that human nature is either good or bad? Is a human being born with this nature or is it developed?
You will be given a critical thinking question. You will verbally offer the class your response to that question. Verbal journals are only required once for 50 pts. The balance of the class will offer a response journal in a ‘They Say, I Say’ manner by commenting on the website in the appropriate place: ELAC 101 Verbal Response. Response journals will be graded on grammar and should be 1-2 paragraphs in length. The response should offer a summary of what was said in the verbal presentation, and then the student’s opinion. Each student is required to provide 10 response journals equaling 100 pts. Verbal and response journal due dates are in the syllabus. No make-ups will be allowed.