Our memory is merely our own perception of reality and this is why.

[State thesis in first sentence.] [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] Chabris and Simons build their case by first telling us who Dr. Tyson is along with his credentials. They then dived into a statement made by Dr. Tyson referring to something our then President said during an 9/11 speech and then what was actually stated by our previous President, Bush.  It initially seemed as if Tyson was just trying to elicit a negative response from the people and make It seem as though President Bush was against the Muslims. When in fact a reference was never made to “Our God” as Tyson had thought. They then concluded that Dr. Tyson had in fact recalled the speech incorrectly. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] To further provide the readers with LOGOS the authors spoke about how memory failure correlates with witness testimony and also how confidence cannot measure accuracy. Simons proves himself to be a reliable source by pointing out that he himself served on the expert fall panel of the National Academy of Sciences where the panel released a report that recommended procedures to minimize the chances of false memory. It is a fact that when we recall our memories, we reconstruct it each time. [Analyze rather than summarize. How do the authors use the rhetorical triangle to convince the reader and how do they support their arguments?] Even President Bush himself mis-remembered what he saw during the 9/11 attack, stating that he specifically saw the first plane hit the north tower although he had not. Another example of mis-remembering is when Hilary Clinton stated that when landing in Bosnia she had to run from gun fire, which turned out to be false.  Clearly our Authors rely more on facts and studies than emotions.  [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] The top three picks chosen by the readers, I find quite effective. First we have the comment made my Dr. Tyson himself. In his comment he leaves two links, one in which he addresses the statement he said President Bush quoted. Tyson’s approach was very effective due to the fact that he who the article focuses on, so in turn all the readers are intrigued and surely wants to know what he has to say and he even goes as far as posting an actual email thread between him and an writer from “The Federalist”. The approach he uses I feel is the Ethical Appeal. I argue this because here I can see how he is defending his credibility and stating why he said certain things, as well as defending his “talks” stating that he prefers not to read off of a paper because it causes his audience to become uninterested. However, in my opinion [Analyze rather than express personal opinion.] it does seem to be a recurring issue of memory failure. For example when the journalist asked about a quote referring to school districts and he could not provide a source and claims that this is something that was “drawn” from his memory many years ago. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] The second comment written by Keith Dow was actually pretty clever, not to mention comical. His points were valid and I would consider it a mix of pathos and ethos. The third comment written by Jacob Sommer is defending and essentially agreeing with the author’s and also speaking about his own experiences, this is an example of ethos along with paths and logos. The ranking of the NYT pick’s to me seem very off. The readers were able to better select the commentary who had more insightful things to say. The NYT top picks were very distasteful.


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