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So I have one assignment left in my last "assignment" class and I have two options and can't decide which one I should write about. So, in hopes of killing a little time before I get down to it I decided to ask the community.

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Which topic should I write about.
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Childhood Inoculation: Should you inoculate your child?
80.0% 12
Global Warming: Myth or Real, should we do something about it?
20.0% 3
Voters 15
This poll is now closed.   15 answers
Poll created by GuidoVanHorn
Closes: Sat Jul 6, 2013 6:00 am


For either subject I need to present both viewpoints, have at least three sources,and give a recommendation.

The first one seems too bland for my taste and the second seems like something I'd have a hard time keeping within the maximum page guidelines.
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I'm sure you'll be getting a lot of opinions in this thread - and hopefully it won't wander into RSP territory - but here's mine. The first one is only one-sided; there is no question at all that children should be innoculated. The second one is more of a debate, although the scientific consensus still leans mush more toward Real than Myth. So, there's more to work with there.
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This sounds A LOT like an assignment I used to give. My recommendation is to be sure to truly give an argument supported by sources for both sides and not just fake your way through the side you don't agree with.

The reason I don't give the assignment anymore is because I would rarely get a paper in which the student would actually argue for the two sides before giving their recommendation. Now the assignment is to orally argue the side they disagree with. devil

Go with the one you're more interested in -- you've got a lot of work to do if you want to do it properly.

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That's a really tough call, because the scientific consensus is entirely on one side of both issues. In fact, both issues illustrate beautifully why consensus in science is important: there are scientists on both sides of both issues, but the vast majority support the consensus. It is fair and honest to present both viewpoints, but it is not fair and honest to give equal time to both viewpoints when the evidence overwhelmingly favors one. For example, about 97% of climate scientists support anthropogenic climate change.

On the other hand, the exceptions can be instructive. There are good reasons not to vaccinate particular children: those with compromised immune systems, for whom vaccination is very dangerous.
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Sinister Dexter wrote:
there is no question at all that children should be innoculated.
You mean there SHOULD be no question at all.
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amwiles wrote:

This sounds A LOT like an assignment I used to give. My recommendation is to be sure to truly give an argument supported by sources for both sides and not just fake your way through the side you don't agree with.

The reason I don't give the assignment anymore is because I would rarely get a paper in which the student would actually argue for the two sides before giving their recommendation. Now the assignment is to orally argue the side they disagree with. devil

Go with the one you're more interested in -- you've got a lot of work to do if you want to do it properly.

I'm not worried about presenting both sides, in fact I often debate points depending on which side is getting hammered on the issue, regardless of where I currently stand on the issue.


Something I learned during my undergraduate degree. One of my professors urged us to always take the stance against what we currently thought when writing a series of debate papers. It is a great experience to be forced to present compelling evidence for a point you don't really believe in. It really opens your eyes to what the debate is all about.
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Sinister Dexter wrote:
I'm sure you'll be getting a lot of opinions in this thread - and hopefully it won't wander into RSP territory - but here's mine. The first one is only one-sided; there is no question at all that children should be innoculated. The second one is more of a debate, although the scientific consensus still leans mush more toward Real than Myth. So, there's more to work with there.
I had an internal debate for 15 seconds on where I should post this...I decided that if I kept it in chitchat it might curtail the (RS)P talk. Not that I'm not interested in people's viewpoints on the subject, but I'd much rather hear about why I should choose one of the topics over the other.
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Well, I have strong feelings on both issues (and side with the consensus, if that matters). But, I'd go for inoculation. It seems like something that has a more direct, immediate effect on a personal level. While folks can personally decide and adjust how they do/do not contribute to climate change - assuming one believes that you can at all - a lot of the larger effects that can happen are outside of the individual level.
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An amendment to my previous comment: Now there exist legitimate arguments against, say, vaccination, that are not scientific. There is the issue of personal autonomy, for example: at what point does the common good outweigh my right to choose what's right for my children? This is a complex issue that doesn't have an objective answer: the scientific evidence says that the benefits to the child and to society far outweigh the risks, but it's ultimately a value judgment to say whether we should vaccinate.
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Wow, both of those are kicking the hornet's nest. I would take the first and present very passionate arguments on both sides. They both really come down to how much we trust our rulers.
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I would write about why we should inoculate our children against global warming.
PROBLEM SOLVED.
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