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Applying Personal Metrics to Reasons

Give a description of a time when you either delivered an argument or listened to an argument where the reasons offered in support of the conclusion initially seemed sound, but on further inspection were seen to be flawed. Explain how you came to this realization. Also include what personal metrics you applied to the argument to help you judge the quality of the reasons.

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Applying Personal Metrics to Reasons

(a) Give a description of a time when you either delivered an argument or listened to an argument where the reasons offered in support of the conclusion initially seemed sound, but on further inspection were seen to be flawed.

The danger of cigarette smoking began with an argument in which the behavior of smoking cigarettes despite its known health habits was primarily continued because of exposure to television. Two reasons offered were that:

(1) nearly everyone owned a television, and thus television was the tool in which more persons learned of cigarette smoking, and (2) they were emulating smokers in the television series. Initially, these reasons appeared to be sound as to why television has major influences on people's decision to continue smoking. For instance, social media is responsible for advertising product information, and television is a prominent and widespread social entertainment phenomenon. However, although some components of social media may influence decisions to smoke, based on the ...

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This solution describes personal metrics used to suppport the conclusions of an argument.

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