Ladies and gentlemen,
Your project for your English conversation 3 class will be to take what you’ve learned about logic and cognitive biases and apply it to real world things. In order to do this you must:
a) Find an example of faulty logic or predatory behavior. Dishonest political speeches, the techniques of con men and predatory advertisements are good places to look for bad logic and cognitive distortions.
b) Explain what the example was designed to do. If you choose a dishonest advertisement, for example, you should explain what the advertiser was trying to do.
c) Explain how the example used fallacies, invalid logic and/or cognitive biases to accomplish their goals.
d) Try to accomplish your example’s goal while using valid logic. For example, if your dishonest political speech was designed to make you vote for higher taxes, make an alternative speech that makes people vote for higher taxes but is still logically valid.
You will be graded on creativity, presentation skill and thoughtfulness. Outside research and ideas will improve your grade as well. Grammar is only a small part of your grade. Like the mid term, you will present your project to other students in random order. You will also be graded on participation in other student’s projects.
Reflect on your example of bad logic. Please analyze it. Is your example of bad logic representative of common things in society? If so, explain how. If not, explain why it is unique. Your reflection should be 300 words. It is 30% of your grade.
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