Foundations Unit

How Hard Is It to Change Someone's Mind?

“HowSOURCE: THIS AMERICAN LIFE
Why do men "catcall" women? It never works and yet they persist. This podcast profiles the efforts of one woman to convince one man that what he is doing is wrong. Students will get a chance to practice converting arguments into the form of a syllogism and insight into just how difficult it can be to get someone to see that their beliefs are wrong. Warning: podcast contains curse words. 
USED WITH: CRITICAL THINKING DAY 1: THINKING FAST AND SLOW

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The Worst Mistake

“HowSOURCE: THE WORST MISTAKE IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE
Agriculture is traditionally seen as representing a great boon for humanity. Author Jared Diamond emphasizes that while agriculture offered some advantages, there were also many disadvantages including infectious disease, bad nutrition and the creation of unequal social hierarchies. Students are asked to read the article, find the thesis and identify the supporting evidence.
USED WITH: EARLY HUMANS DAY 1: THE STARTING LINE

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