Rhetorical Analysis

While we all remember parts of our lives, some of us remember while some of us are overconfident that we do.THIS IS OT A THESIS – IT LACKS CONFIDENCE, SOURCES, AND AN ACADEMIC TOE.

After carefully reading “Why Our Memory Fails Us” by FIRST NAMES Chabris and Simons, the article mainly revolves around presenting evidence on just how precise, or imprecise human memories can be. As I read the text, I completely understood that this article would be serving multiple purposes. Firstly, the authors provided us with examples of inaccurate quotes continually used by astrophysicist, Neil Degrasse Tyson. By presenting this evidence, the article continues to identify why humans have a difficult time responding logically, versus emotionally when challenged to present evidence about their memories. The article explains that once Mr. Tyson was questioned about the source for the quote, he proceeded to have an “emotional” response by claiming that he had “explicit memory of those words being spoken”, which are traits of a “pathos” rhetoric. By including the results of a research study, the authors concluded that false memories are often associated with high confidence but low accuracy. The authors continue their “logos” approach, and present logical reasoning on why Mr. Tyson may be incorrectly remembering the words once said by Mr. Bush. As the articles continues, we are notified that Mr. Tyson had publically apologized for incorrectly misremembering a speech made by George W. Bush. They continue to explain that there is always a possibility that one can be incorrectly remembering their memories. They briefly take a pathos point of view andUSING AN EMOTIONAL APPEAL, THE AUTHORS subtly inform us that this is mainly a defense mechanism to protect one’s ego.  From a personal standpoint, I don’t think the article has a malevolent tone, but rather aims to inform the public that we can all incorrectly recall memories from time to time. By consistently providing facts and case studies, we can see that this article was mainly written from a “logos” point of view. By using subtle hints of “pathos” rhetoric, they briefly explained why humans react emotionally whenever their memories are questioned. Throughout the article the professional tone that the authors take is explicitly noted. I personally believe tDON’T EVER USE THIS PHRASE. his article incorporated all parts from the rhetorical triangle and successfully informed us why our “memories fail us.” TOO LONG A PARAGRAPH! THIS LOOKS HORRIBLE ONSCREEN. WRITE SMALLER PARAGRAPHS

We DON’T ADDRESS THE AUDIENCE can see that the first comment posted is by Neil Degrasse Tyson himself. He linked two Facebook posts that go into depth on the accuracy of the report. He continues to verify everything written in the article, including that he remembers when Bush said those exact words but couldn’t find a source to verify their existence. The second comment is by a reader called “Keith Dow” who strictly used the logos approach to cite quotes and articles that question the intelligence of everyone mentioned in the article.

The three NYT picks mainly revolved around the inability to properly put forth the effort to accurately remember an event. I believe that the NYT picks are needed because they provide a platform for free thought. Even if incorrect, it is a fresh point of view that can sometimes provide insight to an otherwise complicated issue.THAT’S IT? EXAMPLES?


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