The Standards

Let’s foucs on the intellectual standards. These are the standards we will apply to our own thinking and the thinking of others. The standards will help us determime the quality of the reasoning in our own work and the work of others. Check them out…

Now, consider these statements…

  • Poinsettias are highly toxic to humans or cats.
  • Microwave ovens cook food from the inside out.
  • Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain.

Are they accurate or inaccurate? Ask yourself… is this really true;
do I simply believe this because it sounds right; and how can I find out if it’s true? How about if you were asked to write an assignment or report with many words? This is an example of imprecision. Asking you to write 500 words is more precise.

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