Assignment 1.2: conflicting viewpoints essay – part ii


Assignment 1.2: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part II
Synthesizing and Writing
Due Week 4 and worth 100 points

When looking for information about a particular issue, how often  do you try to resist biases toward your own point of view? This  assignment asks you to engage in this aspect of critical thinking.

The assignment is divided into two (2) parts.
For Part I of the  assignment (due Week 2), you read a book excerpt about critical thinking  processes, reviewed the Website in order to gather  information, and engaged in prewriting to examine your thoughts.
* Remember that in the Week 2 Discussion, you examined the biases discussed in Chapter 2 of the webtext.

In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write a paper to synthesize your ideas.
Part II – Writing
Write at three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
1. State your position on the topic you selected for Assignment 1.1.
 2. Identify (3) three premises (reasons) from the website  that support your position    and explain why you selected these  specific reasons.
3. Explain your answers to the “believing”  questions about the three (3) premises opposing your position from the website.
4. Examine at least two (2) types of biases that  you likely experienced as you evaluated the premises for and against  your position.   
5. Discuss the effects of your own enculturation or group identification that may have influenced your biases.
 6. Discuss whether or not your thinking about the topic has changed  after playing the “Believing Game,” even if your position on the issue  has stayed the same.