Logical thinking 6 The gray area
This class will discuss pros and cons, consider strong statements, and look at the gray area that exists between two extreme points of view.
A politician stepped onto the stage, and said "We need to act now, and you're either going to be for us or you're against us!"
Are those the only options? What other options are there?
Examining the gray area between two extremes is a useful way to discuss complex topics. We can talk about specific points rather than generalize, and we can weigh the pros and cons.
What is some language you know to discuss pros and cons? What language can you use use to emphasise the gray area between two extremes?
|Let's||weigh||the pros and cons.|
|examine||the advantages and disadvantages.|
|take a (close) look at||the points in favor and the points against.|
|(carefully) consider||the strengths and weaknesses.|
Decide on one issue from the choices below, and try and examine the gray area between two strong points of view:
- Age and experience don't matter when it comes to promotions at work. People should be promoted based on capability alone.
- We need guns to protect us! The more guns the better!
Next, think of an issue in the news. Consider a strong point of view, and then use this language and strategy to carefully examine the pros and cons.