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"Good Arguments, Bad Arguments, and Arguments That Convince Others"

Whether in debates or one-on-one, have you wondered why some arguments are successful and others fall flat?  Micah Baize is a doctoral student in Philosophy at KU.  He will be talking on the structure of arguments and logical fallacies in arguments.

Micah is originally from Hutchinson, Ks. but has been in the Kansas City/Lawrence area for the past 8 years.  He earned a pastoral ministry degree from Mid-America Christian University in 2003.  His main interests in philosophy are ethics, theory of knowledge, and the philosophy of religion.  He is looking forward to interacting with a group of freethinkers.  Through reason we may be able to understand our differences even if we can't always resolve them.

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  • Tom

    Excellent program on the structure of arguments. People learned about inductive and deductive forms, valid and invalid types of arguments, etc., and the discussion was lively and good spirited.

    June 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent!

    June 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    i had fun and look forward to attending more meetings and meeting more of the group. this particular one was perhaps a bit too 'textbooky' at times, but overall it was interesting and entertaining, and the company was great. cheers!

    June 29, 2011

  • cole m.

    Micah gave a very good presentation. He was able to roll very well with all of our questions and comments. The one thing we know how to do is argue even when at times it might not fit Micah's outline. I think I was probably there. What a fun night.

    June 29, 2011

  • Fred

    Love this series. Who couldn't use a little deeper examination of how they're reaching their conclusions and how they're communicating them? Plus, as Cole points out, this group taps into the funny bone on even the dullest subject - - last night was a riot!

    June 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    A fun discussion last night. I hope we didnt pick on the poor guy too much!

    June 29, 2011

  • Tom

    Stacey, previous meetings have been on the topic of critical thinking. CT is often used as a buzz word to dismiss someone else's view and we had programs to understand what critical thinking is and how to promote it. A natural follow up in the course of logic is the forms and structure of argument. That is what this presentation was about. We will also have a presentation on logical fallacies but we are trying to build a foundation before getting into deeper detail.

    June 28, 2011

  • cole m.

    I think Mick put it very well, Stacey. I think everyone had a good time judging by all the laughter. What a fun night!

    June 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting. There wasn't any arguing about religion. The presenter is a Christian and his presentation was helpful in knowing how to clearly present your case in any situation, as well as recognizing a sound or fallacious argument. It was ver useful information .... for anyone.

    June 28, 2011

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