Why Our Memory Fails Us

Thesis statement: FIRST NAMES Chabris and Simons made their points about “Why Our Memory Fails Us” by using the rhetorical triangle which consist of ethos, pathos, and logos to appeal to the audience so they could agree with the argumentI DON’T FOLLOW. OF COURSE THEY AGREE WITH THE ‘ARGUMENT’ – IT’S THEIR ARGUMENT! that was created throughout the article.

Chabris and Simons made their point WHAT IS THE POINT?on the article “Why Our Memory Fails” by giving many examples about George W. Bush, Neil Degrasse Tyson, and how in people their memory has failed. What they mean about failing memory is that people make up or combine old memories. An example of this was about how George W. Bush thought he saw the plane hit the North tower but that was untrue so after he said that  speculation was brought up that maybe he knew about the attacks before hand. He played off his failing of memory in a good way unlike Neil Degrasse Tyson that said that he was right and that everyone that criticized him was incorrect due to him being a scientist so he has great memory. Their tone during the article is not harsh its informative and has stories integrated into it so people can understand better through examples. They exhibit pathos in their article be writing about Tyson and Bush and by doing that they are appealing to our emotions by wanting us to find out more about the topic after reading these stories why our memory fails us. LHUH? THIS MAKES NO SENSE Logos is seen by giving exact quotes that both Tyson and Bush said and when bringing up information before the year the article was written. The part ethos from the triangle is shown when Bush speaks about 9/11 and when they talk about films/shows that challenge or neglect our memory. When Tyson finally realizes that what he said was incorrect was good because many people do not like to be wrong. The part that it speaks about the “word recall test” is very interesting because it says how certain people become overconfident but then they have low accuracy due to saying random words that were not even on the list. I believe that Tyson was overconfident in knowing what Bush said so that is why he did not want to admit he was wrong.

The three top comments on the New York Times article were found to be pretty convincing except the first one. I was not too sure what the first one was about, but the second and third one were very good and not off topic. I agreed more with the third comment because it is true that everyone makes mistakes and mix up stories so when President Bush did that people should not have assumed he was behind the 9/11 attack. In other words you have Tyson that did not want to agree that he was wrong and that is a bad quality to have because not everyone is perfect so he should of just admitted it to the world. The second comment was alright and I can agree with it a little because based on the quotes stated that were spoken by Bush they could have sounded faulty so I could agree with why people accused him of taking part in 9/11. I believe DON’T EVER USE THIS PHRASE that the people how rank the NYTimes comments did a great job because they show examples as of why the commenters believe in what they do after reading the article and they also make sure to make appeals to the reader by not just putting facts. I just think the first comment was irrelevant to the article but I guess they thought due to being the first one. By reading these articles I have gotten a better insight into why our memory fails us through examples and usage of pathos, ethos, and logos.


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