PROOF AND PERSUASION:
The Rhetoric of Scientific Integrity
© 2022 by Cynthia Shearer
419-H REED HALL
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ENGLISH 20803 - WRITING AS ARGUMENT
Section 50:MWF @ 1 p.m. in Bailey 102
Cynthia Shearer, Instructor
OFFICE HOURS: 2- 3 p.m. MW in Reed 419_H
Evidence Test (Take-Home)
Evidence Test (take home)
ENGL 20803 Sections 50
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Terms to include in your analysis if relevant: Dissoi logoi, scientific integrity, layman, evidence, anecdotal, analogous, expert testimonial, eyewitness testimonial, quantitative (determinative), quantitative (stochastic), normal science, anomaly, pattern recognition, pilot study, corroborative study, meta-analysis.
Choose one of the general interest articles linked below and write a short analysis (1 page, single-spaced) of the “evidence map” of that article. What types of evidence does the writer use? What types of evidence does the writer omit? Analyze whether the evidence use is appropriate for “the layman” audience, and whether the article honors scientific integrity according to Feynman’s definition. Analyze whether the science findings offered as evidence are in any way “out of date” and explain why.
"Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?"
(this is an article that changed college sports forever!)
Substitute a similar comprehensive general interest article or documentary film on the topic you are thinking of choosing as your independent study topic this semester. (Be sure it has examples of each type of evidence in it.) Write a short (1 page, single-spaced) analysis of the “evidence map” of the article. Analyze what types of evidence are included, what types are omitted, and whether the evidence use is appropriate for “the layman” audience. Also, does the article honor scientific integrity according to Feynman’s definition? Analyze whether the science findings offered as evidence are in any way “out of date” and explain why.
Good source of documentaries with obvious evidence maps: