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Science in Literature: Reflections on the Social Constructs of Science in Society

Course: OEAS/ENMA 795/895 Advanced/Special Topics (three credits);
Course title: Science in literature: reflections on the social constructs of science in society;
Instructors: Dr. Hans-Peter Plag, Dr. Michelle Covi, Michelle Heart;
Term: Fall 2014.

Notes Week 3: Ethics: science ethics, environmental ethics

The class started with the continuation of the analysis and the discussion of Kennedy's speech, completing the work from the previous week. A concluding analysis for the Kennedy text was offered by Plag, who elaborated on the importance of understanding a person's reference frame and indicated that Kennedy's reference frame was reduced to an U.S.-centric frame leading to an isolationist ("U.S." focused) rhetoric.

Next, Heart led the study, analysis and discussion of a group of "logical fallacies". A handout was provided and white board notes (see below) supported the discussion.

As a result of the discussion, a homework was defined: Study the list of logical fallacies and compose a paragraph or a list of fallacies categorized in groups or clusters based on their similarities. Heart pointed out that it is a common knowledge that most fallacies merge and are similar to one another in their structures and meaning. However, Plag thought that the long list could be broken up in groups/classes of fallacies similar in method, targets, objectives, etc.

Master List of Logical Fallacies:

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