I Know that I Know, What I know.

“Our biases can blind us”. There are always two sides to one story which means that, two people can remember the same event differently. [This is commentary. In the thesis statement, identify the elements of the rhetorical triangle that the authors used and detail below.]

[Analyze rather than express personal opinion. How do the authors use the rhetorical triangle to convince the reader and how do they support their arguments?] Chabris and Simons shared this truth as to why our memory fails us. I am a conservative and; my aunt is a progressive. We both have different points of view on foreign policy and governmental relations which allows us to operate under distinct belief systems. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] The authors used ethos to appeal to our emotions [ethos is based on credibility and trust, and pathos is based on emotions] and logos to appeal to our reasoning. The question that individuals need to ask themselves is “How do they (you) respond when their (your) memory is challenged? One can either act emotionally or logically, which is the point that Chabris and Simons wants us readers to understand.

Confidence is trusting in one’s memory and experience to exert a specific action or to communicate a specific statement. According to Chabris, misattributing a quote leads to memory failure which results from having overconfidence in one’s self. The way we respond when our memory is challenged appeals to our logical reasoning. Both contributors primarily use ethos and logos to manipulate their readers by playing with their emotions and reinforcing their statements by relying on facts and studies. They know how to speak directly to a reader’s mind and heart.

Scientists know the importance of using observation to gain information about the environment. “The science of memory distortion has become rigorous and reliable enough to help guide public policy. It should also guide our personal attitudes and actions.” (Simons, 4) Chabris and Simons effectively employed rhetoric to attract their readers by stating relevant information that would encourage responsiveness from the audience.

[Analyze rather than express personal opinion.] When I am having a conversation with a friend, I tend to restate the question I asked in the beginning because; I am forgetful. I can blame my reiteration on being absent minded or I can come to the realization that, I have hundreds of thoughts running through my head that are more important than the words coming out of my mouth which cause me to ask questions. Peter, from Ottawa, Ca., used an anecdote (logos) to address the memory problem. I agree that, we need to understand and accept our challenges to communicate and behave better with others. I need to learn how to be present in the moment and how to block out distractions that hinder me from having a constructive conversation with someone.

The times approach is effective because, they chose to highlight the top three comments which focus on engaging readers intellectually. The readers chose comments that focus on the emotions of an individual [use of pathos] by prioritizing a person’s feelings.

[Analyze rather than express personal opinion.] Inference is the reader’s ability to gather evidence that will be used as supporting details for the central idea of a passage. A commentator spoke about the misappropriation of words being a mental laziness issue rather than a memory issue. People lose sight on the end zone because their focus is on the movement that is happening on the sidelines. There will always be room for fallacy. The key is to focus on crossing the finish line instead of everything that hinders an individual from running the race.


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