Remember to Remember

We have the advantage to call on past memories in order to build towards our future, but we only believe what we remember to be true, and we only know what we remember. [This is personal opinion. State how the authors used the rhetorical triangle to persuade readers.]

We believe what we know based on what we remember. We use our Logos, Pathos, and Ethos to help shape our findings and reach our conclusions. Memory fails each one of us. Our memory is untrustworthy, no matter how confident we may be in it. Chabris and Simons create an argument that directly points out why our memory fails us using facts, logical reasoning, case studies, and analogies [This sentence approximates a thesis statement: Chabris and Simons show why our memory fails us using logos (facts and logical reasoning), ethos (case studies from respected scientists) and pathos (examples from real life to which we can relate).] This, in return, forms an ethical appeal where us, as readers, rely on and grow credibility towards their reasoning. Additionally, we are connected emotionally [use of pathos] through this article, because we are all affected by our inconsistencies in remembering. We alter our memories the more we try to retrieve them. We relate our level of confidence with what we remember, but it most certainly isn’t the proof for the accuracy of our memory.

The top three comments of the Reader’s Picks were found to be compelling for various reasons. The first reader’s pick was written by the person the article talks about, Neil Tyson. Tyson capture’s the readers through Ethos by proving his expert testimony while approaching Logos through his logical reasoning of personal facts [excellent analysis]. In one of the links he attached in his comments, he again admits to his mistake but also explains that there is no excuse for his action. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] Keith Dow’s comment was found to be convincing because he appealed emotionally [use of pathos] to the readers by mentioning the ‘dumb’ quotes said by Bush and readers like a good laugh. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] Jacob Summer contributed with his comment by adding that there are some people who have a tremendous memory. He then brings forth Pathos through his emotional approach, by agreeing with the article and how over and over he has seen people commit honest mistakes and that we must not automatically assume the worst.

[Analyze rather than summarize. How do the authors use the rhetorical triangle to convince the reader and how do they support their arguments?] The New York Times’ Picks may be helpful to readers who want to engage more with the article. It helps to provide a quick summary of the important points mentioned in the argument, but also on additional thoughts and ideas that a reader may not have thought of when simply reading the article. The Reader’s Picks on the contrary, select comments that are much more opinionated, but also targets those who want to look more into the article.

[concluding paragraph lacks fresh rhetorical analysis] All in all, our memories fail us. We may remember only what we subconsciously want to, whether it’s accurate or not. We must learn to admit when we don’t remember and understand that our memory failure’s don’t say anything about our honesty. We must also train to create ways of remembering what we remember and thus avoid ever obtaining false memory.



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