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Feminine and Masculine Human traits

1. Propose a list of human traits that are believed to be "feminine" and traits that are "masculine." Support your claims with reasons. 2. Propose a list of human traits that you believe are "female" and traits that are "male." Support your claims with reasons.


1. Isaac Asimov, the science fiction writer, said that he did not believe in flying saucers because most people did, and through the ages the masses have been invariably wrong. His statement is best explained by: A . He is biased against the masses B . The masses tend not to think critically C . The masses always believe in

Truth Test

1. The Constitution of the United States says under Amendment II, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." Therefore individual citizens are assured of the right to keep and bear arms in their homes and on their person for t

Some examples on logical fallacies

Several sample test questions are presented in which the student is required to determine whether an argument does or does not commit a logical fallacy. Solutions to the sample test questions are provided along with explanatory notes.

Critical thinking problem is worked.

I need help in coming up with an ansewr to this problem...it is VERY confusing..can you please help me. Four men and four women are shipwrecked on a desert island. Eventually each one falls in love with one another, and is himself loved by one person. John falls in love with a girl who is, unfortunately, in love with Jim.

Critical Thinking Problem on Mark's Color

Three intelligent men, applying for a job, seem equal in all pertinent attributes, so the prospectiver employer, also an intelligent man, sets a simple problem for them. The job, he says, wil go for the first applicant to solve it. A mark is placed on each man's forehead. The three are told that eachhas either a black mark or

Critical thinking and language

What role does language and language diversity play in the critical thinking process? How does language empower or limit the expression of our thoughts? What is the role of critical thinking in persuasion?


1)Smith, Johnson, and Cohen live in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx (not necessarily in that order).They are flying to New York City in a jet whose pilot, copilot, and navigator are named Smythe, Jenson, and Kohn (again, not necessarily respectively). It is known that a. Cohen lives in The Bronx. b. Johnson is deaf and

differentiating between generalization and universal statements

1) In recent months, conservatives have been celebrating the feats of computer technology in war. 2) Stockbrokers are notorious for using everything from tide tables to football games to make market prognostications. 3) Every great advance. every profound insight in the sciences and other intellectual disciplines, has torn d

What fallacy is represented below?

What fallacy is represented below? Every attempt to prove that people are immortal has failed. No evidence can be found which shows that people's souls exist after death; hence, immortality is false.

What fallacy is represented below?

What fallacy is represented below? The death penalty is a warning just like a lighthouse throwing its beams out to sea. We hear about shipwrecks, but we do not hear about the ships that the lighthouse guides safely on their way. We do not have proof of the number of ships it saves, but we do not tear the lighthouse down.

A logical fallacy..

What fallacy is represented below? I love visiting Wyoming because I enjoy traveling in the West.

A logical fallacy..

What fallacy is represented below? We should either pay our teachers better salaries or admit that we don't care about our children's education.

Is this an invalid or valid syllogism?

All items made of gold are expensive items. Some rings are items made of gold. Therefore, some rings are expensive items. Is this an invalid or valid syllogism?

An instructor of interpersonal skills for managers is examined.

Scenario: Maria, an instructor of interpersonal skills for managers, has had three sessions with a particular organization. She was told that Neil has not been able to keep a team together for more than three months at a time. She notices that, in her workshops, he lounges with a bored expression and reads the sports pages whil

A souvenir hat is the topic.

You buy a ten-gallon hat as a souvenir of a visit to Texas; only when you got home did you discover that the label states it to be only six gallon hat. By now, you were skeptical that it was even that big, and you decided to test it by trying to fill it with 6 gallons of water. The only containers you had on hand are a 9 gallon

Valid or invalid claims are judged.

Madeline must have known the material for the test, because if a person knows the material, that person will always get an A, and Madeline was one of the students that got an A.