Assignment 1

[State thesis in first sentence.] Psychology Professors, Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel J. Simons, in their article, “Why Our Memory Fails Us” demonstrate Neil Degrasse Tyson argument that our memory of a certain event can change. Chabris and Simon’s purpose is to transmit the argument that our memories do fail us and we unintentionally change the story. They adopt a logical appeal by including case studies and facts to prove to the reader that you can change your memory without even realizing it as well as an appeal to credibility. I will analyze Chabris and Simons arguments and the creation of their case.

Chabris and Simons began their argument by introducing Dr.Tyson credibility giving their audience a sense of trustworthiness which would fall under ethos. Then they go on to use logos by presenting a case study from Dr.Tyson. In which he gives evidence of his own personal memory mistake when incorrectly remembering a specific quote from former President George W. Bush speech to congress following the fall of the twin towers terrorist attack. Dr. Tyson was able to admit his memory flaw but many others can’t.

Futhermore, Chabris and Simons add another reliable source “Rashomon” and “The Affair” one being a Film and the other a T.V series. Here they provide a reliable example to the audience. The film and the T.V series is about two conflicting viewpoints. Both demonstrates how when our memory is challenged, human react with emotion and neglect the other viewpoint. Thinking their correct and the other is not.

Chabris and Simons focus on making their case mostly by credibility and examples. They show the audience through examples that relying on completely on our memories is inaccurate and wrong. They persuade us that it’s okay to make mistakes and show how even the most powerful and intelligent people make them. They convey the example of Politician Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 mistake. Where she presented a false memory at the presidential campaign, whom many disagree with her memory. It had to do with an event when she was first lady but her memory of that moment was incorrect. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] Chabris and Simons give this example and end it with an emotional appeal to the audiences. Stating that making a mistake in our memory can happen to all of ours and that doesn’t make us liars.  They appeal to the audience emotion by saying that we should be more understanding of mistakes that others make also.

The top three comments were found to be convincing for the other readers because all three provide a reference or evidence to back up their argument. They weren’t just expressing their thoughts, they backed up their thoughts. [How do the commenters use the rhetorical triangle to make their points?] I don’t think the NYT picks is effective or needed. I think the readers should pick what they believe are the most effective comments. NYT already provided us with the article why do they need to provide us with the comments as well?


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