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Evidence in Argument: Critical Thinking

How can evidence be presented for maximum effectiveness in arguments? Simply laying it all out is not always enough, but hiding parts of it is not the answer, either. This program begins by illustrating the meaning and significance of evidence and the presentation of evidence in numbers, percentages, rates, and over time. An argument against zoos then gives viewers the opportunity to evaluate how evidence is used to support the arguments being made. Author Roy van den Brink-Budgen (Critical Thinking for Students) then provides his analysis of the zoo case study. A viewable/printable worksheet is available online. Part of the series Critical Thinking. (25 minutes)

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Need for Interpretation
Some say “just look at the evidence,” but the facts do not speak for themselves. How the author presents them matters.