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Introduction to Fact & Opinion
Fact & Opinion: Emotions & Logical Fallacies
We have learned that opinions can be based on feelings, thoughts or beliefs, and they don't need to be debated. But a claim is an opinion stated, based on some fact, that wants debate! Claims must be supported by evidence to persuade an audience. There are different types of evidence, and strong evidence leads to strong claims.
Let's now look at how emotional arguments and misleading statements (called logical fallacies) can derail a claim. Emotional statements and logical fallicies are two ways people try to win arguments without actually "doing real work!" It might take time for listeners to see they are being duped, but if a listener knows the signs, they can see through the arguments as being misleading.
Make a copy of the printable documents. This contains a summary of what is in the videos.
Use the printables to help you complete the next assignment called Practice: Emotional Arguments & Logical Fallacies
Be sure you review the the defitions of each term in red on the printable. Make sure the definition makes sense to you.
Be ready to discuss this in class.