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 A typical argument structure Evidence 1 + Evidence 2 [Assumption] = Conclusion What is assumption - it is usually not stated in the text; - it is the only key element to destroy or solidfy the argument; What happen if assumption is not evidently true? While holding everything in the argument constant, when assumption is not approved, then the whole conclusion will not make sense anymore. What happen if assumption is evidently true? While holding everything in the argument constant, when assumption is approved, then the whole conclusion will be sensible. Example: Last week Mike was detained for shoplifting at a groceries store near his house, but he has been a Christian for 10 years, therefore, the police must have been wrong accusing him in stealing. Parphrase the argument: Mike was arrested for shoplifting last week but he was a Christian. Therefore, the police caught the wrong person. Assumption - All Christians will never steal. Example: The study shows that chocolate will not cause heart disease. Therefore, people buy more chocolate. Assumption: People don't buy chocolate becoz they afraid to have heart disease. What is inference? Extension derived from a couple pieces of given evidence; Nothing is related to assumption or conclusion; how to determine the assumption which can link the given conclusion and evidences together? - linking could occur when sth in evidence represnt the general representatives for sth in conclusion. - linking could occur when there is the correlation between sth in evidence and in conclusion