“Why our memory fails us” R. Penn

Thesis Statement: While our memory is our first source of reliability as human beings, we should always have proof to back up our memory in testing times and if our memory ever fails us never be too big of a person to apologize and forgive, let go and move on. TOO VAGUE. IT HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH YOUR ANALYSIS OF THE ARTICLE.

What an interesting article to read, where we as humans often times find ourselves in the same exact spot as Dr. Tyson expect, how many of us actually accept and apologize when our memory fails us? Throughout this article FIRST NAME Charbis and Simons strongly stood their grounds on their argument. There they are, interviewing a man of high intellectual value holding a doctorates degree yet he is still human like you and I. Charbis and Simons aim is to show us why our memory fails us. The interview stemmed from a line from President George W. Bush’s speech that he made to congress after the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks. Dr. Tyson’s response to this interview clearly showed pathos and ethos from the rhetorical triangle.

He began by giving us quotes of what he assumes was said by President Bush not forgetting his interpretation of the quote where his feelings and belief were involve. He mention what President Bush said during the speech and I quote “Our God is the God who names the stars” end quote. He believe that those words were said to distinguish we Judeo Christian Americans from they fundamentalist Muslims and I quote “Dr. Tyson implied that president Bush was prejudiced against Islam in order to make a broader point about scientific awareness” end quote. Little did Dr. Tyson know that his words were false and his memory did him no good.

Charbis and Simons used logos to defend their logics on this matter, bringing the facts of what was actually said in the speech on that horrific day. Dr. Tyson was asked for the source of President Bush’s quotation so that his memory could be evidently reliable. To their knowledge, he had no means of source to support his words and his memory has begun to be challenged. Charbis and Simons gave us credible examples from films to let us know and I quote “we have an abstract understanding that people can remember the same event differently but when our memories are challenged we may neglect all this and respond emotionally” end quote. The simple fact of not having any source to support our words, to refresh our memory, to keep us on track is why our memory fails us. Charbis and Simons compared and differentiate our accuracy of memory and the confidence in portraying that memory which drew us to facts on different examples of articles and experiments to compare and differentiate both. They noted that our memories can easily change over time feeding off of the recent version of what is heard about the message or topic. Like Dr. Tyson, he eventually came to an understanding that he is a human being and an error was made in his memory about different speeches made by President Bush. He acknowledges that his memory did fail him and apologized. Just like his memory failed him, so can our memory fail us and when it does happen we should acknowledge it and apologize and move on like he did and not let pathos take over our thoughts and words but rather yet have an equal balance of the rhetorical triangle.

I found the top three comments to be convincing because of the use of ethos. They brought forward their points based on the matter in a way that was credible. Sean Davis, one of the commenters were providing us with evidence of previous speech by Dr. Tyson and now the speech on President Bush, which shows that his memory is what he relies on most and not actual facts and proof.


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