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Content description VCCCTR035

Critical and Creative Thinking / Levels 7 and 8 / Reasoning
Content description
Examine common reasoning errors including circular arguments and cause and effect fallacies
  1. using examples to identify the nature of circular arguments, in which the conclusion has been included as a premise such as, ‘Gun control violates human freedom, because restricting the manufacture, sale, and use of firearms is a threat to our liberty’
  2. identifying reasoning errors such as circular arguments or tautologies and using these to help evaluate and redraft written responses, such as ‘The speaker is effective because they spoke well’
  3. investigating what the gambler’s fallacy is and how casinos exploit it as part of a financial literacy program
  4. discussing problems with reasoning ‘if P then Q; Q, therefore P'; for example, if someone is psychic then they should be able to correctly predict something, they correctly predicted something, therefore they must be psychic
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