Park University Address Specific Issues Letter to Editor
I’m studying for my Psychology class and need an explanation.
How Error Prone Is Popular Reasoning?
This project provides an estimate of the frequency with which errors are made in reasoning about individuals, societies, and social processes.
- Locate appropriate sources
- Identify errors in reasoning
- Communicate information professionally
- Select issues from a daily newspaper. Locate the letters to the editor in each.
- Read each letter to the editor, and circle all those that make assertions about individuals, societies, and social processes; that is, about the social world.
- Identify examples of any of the four errors in reasoning in those letters. (Overgeneralization, Selective or Inaccurate Observation, Illogical Reasoning, & Resistance to Change) (Search through more newspaper issues, if necessary, until you find at least two examples of errors in reasoning about the social world.)
In the Discussion area:
- Present your two “flawed” letters to the editor with an application to the four errors in reasoning.
- Propose a solution to resolve the error.
- Present a reference for both letters (e.g., Newspaper name and date)
- NOTE: This is non-repeating post, so once a letter has been presented, no other students can present it.
- First post due
- Respond to two or more classmates
- Response possibilities:
- A link that brings in new information or helps the student you’re responding to
- A substantial question (not, “what do you think?”)
- A politely worded critique that shows either a flaw in your classmate’s logic, misunderstanding of the data, or a failure to fully answer the questions
A politely worded reply to any of the above