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9

The Flow of Argument

Lecture no. 9 from the course: The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room

The Flow of Argument

Taught by Professor Patrick Grim | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

Ironclad, deductive syllogisms won’t get us very far in terms of new information, so this lecture looks beyond that simple framework and introduces you to the flow of complex arguments. By understanding logical “flow,” you’ll have the tools to determine an argument’s strengths and weaknesses. Is the conclusion inescapable, or merely probable? How “sound” is the argument?

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m********t
October 20, 2019
Excellent and relevant material presented in a logical and interesting way by a talented professor. One of the best courses I've taken so far (out of about 6). Along the same lines, and also equally good is, "Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills."

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r********m
March 24, 2019
As for the problem of foreign aid, I would try to find scientific studies which have already examined whether foreign aid does actually benefit the recipient or not. And in this case the clear but sad evidence is that there is 0 correlation between foreign aid and economic growth of a country. So foreign aid is no suitable tool to get other nations out of poverty. The only thing that you do achieve is that you dramatically raise their population growth numbers (by reducing child deaths for instance) which causes lots of other problems on the long. Source: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/rest.90.4.643#.WAt-6npWEXg https://humanprogress.org/article.php?p=261 If you want to help other countries to stand on their own feet then free trade is the (only) solution that actually seems to work. Free trade (in combination with a high IQ of the population) has not only brought many (mostly Asian) countries out of poverty, but made them insanely rich. However, as this conclusion is not politically correct and contradicts the agenda of mainstream politics, it is totally ignored by mainstream media and they continue to root for a tool (foreign aid) that just doesn't work ad infinitum. I know, this lecture was about how arguments flow and not whether they are true. But the opportunity still could have been used to mention that - according to scientific studies - foreign aid doesn't have any lasting positive economic effects at all.

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p********m
November 10, 2018

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