Anecdotal evidence

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  • Confirmation Bias Research Paper

    The effect of personal anecdotal evidence on confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is the common human tendency to notice or seek out information which confirms our already existing beliefs while ignoring evidence which conflicts our beliefs. It is particularly prevalent in cases where our beliefs are mere prejudice or based on superstition. Confirmation bias is the reason why many people believe in the supernatural such as ESP, lucky charms or the lunar effect: a claim that human behaviour is influenced by the position of the moon in its cycle. These kind of beliefs are usually backed up by evidence of personal experience. I will argue that knowledge of the existence of confirmation bias as a widespread phenomenon and how it works will allow people to be less influenced by their own biases and less susceptible to believing in the supernatural. If individuals place less weight on the reliability of personal anecdotal evidence, then aspects of confirmation bias can be avoided. The notion that our perception and memory of events has a direct correspondence to reality is simply wrong. A great deal of research today suggests that what we perceive is not just a result of our eyes and ears but also by what we know to be…

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  • Rhetorical Analysis Of The Secret To Raising Smart Kids

    After examining Dr. Carol S. Dweck’s article, “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids,” we can use that she makes a compelling argument for her Scientific American audience through the use of rhetorical strategies. The first technique she employs involves strong organizational structure. To start her piece, Dweck used an anecdotal example to pull her readers’ attention and give them a previous view of how someone’s mindset could affect his life. Dweck described that, once there was “ [a] brilliant…

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  • Contextual Bias In Criminal Investigation

    Contextual bias occurs when the investigators uses irrelevant facts to prove the guilt of a suspect, while confirmation bias occurs when they specifically look for facts that prove a previous assumption. Avoidance of cognitive dissonance occurs when the investigators refuse to accept new information that can disprove their theories. Like the arson study, other investigators conducted studies about how much these forms of bias can influence evidence interpretations. For example, Itiel Dror,…

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  • Observation Of Frogs

    their observation to lesson teaching point to “what scientists do” Geri instructed students to record their observations or questions in their science journal. A reward was attached to completing the task, “show me your drawings and written observations in your science journal and you would be allowed to choose your prefered activity for choice time.” Dominic was grouped with 5 other students that display strong academic skills hence requiring minimal supervision by the class teachers. The 6…

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  • Richard Hofstadter's The Paranoid Style In American Politics

    One of the most compelling pieces of anecdotal evidence Hofstadter utilizes in his essay revolves around the concept of McCarthyism. Through the examination of Senator Joseph McCarthy, Hofstadter emphasizes how politicians release fear into vulnerable populations in order to gain attention and power. In the case of Senator McCarthy, the widespread panic of communist ideologies emerged first through the United States icey relationships with the Soviet Union, but became an outspread pandemic when…

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  • Teenage Drinking Chapter Summary

    has also risen. Silveri argues multiple studies have shown similar linear progressions in both depression, and alcohol consumption by adolescents. Silveri states the brain doesn’t stop developing until age twenty five, therefore any drinking done beforehand will have negative effects on specifically memory, and ability to learn. Silveri argues the brain is susceptible to alcohol effects at a much more significant rate if you are under the age of twenty-one. Furthermore according to the author…

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  • The Baby In The Well Analysis

    books, “The Empathetic Civilization,” and “Humanity On A Tightrope,” in which they state “empathy is the main driving force of human progress and humanity will need more of it to survive.” He also quotes another author on bullying saying that “the scariest part of bullying is the utter lack of empathy.” All these examples make you feel like empathy is very important in human survival. But then nine paragraphs into the article, the author throws a big curveball at his audience saying that empathy…

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  • The Importance Of Anecdotal Notes

    Writing notes effectively is a skill that is necessary for most any job. Whether it’s jotting down a DIY project, a recipe, or a piece of art work, making comments and acknowledging pertinent information to remember for later is a part of learning and building growth of mind. The anecdotal notes provided for analysis have many flaws in their collection of data. By utilizing anecdotal notes, teachers can provide a tangible vision of a child’s learning, through an objective, focused approach that…

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  • Effects Of Corruption And Income Inequality

    However, the approach taken and the depth of study by each article is different. Heston and Kumar’s (2008), article gives a broader context of corruption and deals with too many domains at one time. Though they manage to put forward some striking flaws in the Indian institutional setup, they neither provide any solution to the issues nor do they open new avenues for research. Last but not least, the authors indulge in cherry-picking, thus presenting a bias view. Moreover the evidence is…

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  • Google Making USupid Thesis

    In his article entitled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” (2008), Nicholas Carr, a published technology author, argues that the use of the internet has altered the way our mind thinks, the way we communicate, and even the way we read. This affects society in such a way that we are no longer able to focus while reading printed text, let alone online articles with distracting factors such as hyperlinks and flashy pop up ads. Carr provides several sources of anecdotal evidence, case studies, and…

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