Select one of the topics from Pros & Cons of

  • Select one of the topics from Pros & Cons of Controversial Issues, state your position on the issue, and identify three premises (reasons) listed under either the Pro or Con section—whichever section opposes your position.
    • For the three premises (reasons) that oppose your position on the issue, answer these “believing” questions suggested by Elbow: 
      • What’s interesting or helpful in this view?
      • What would I notice if I believed this view?
      • In what sense or under what conditions might this idea be true?
  1. Read the excerpt about critical thinking processes: The Believing Game and How to Make Conflicting Opinions More Fruitful [PDF].
  2. Engage in prewriting to examine your thoughts.
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