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When looking for information about a particular issue, how often do you try to resist biases toward your own point of view?

Should vaccines be required for children?

  • State your position on the topic: I disagree with required vaccines for children
  • Identify three premises reasons that support your position, and explain why you selected these specific reasons.
  1. The government should not intervene in personal medical choices.
  2. Most diseases that vaccines target are relatively harmless in many cases, thus making vaccines unnecessary.
  3. Vaccines are unnatural, and natural immunity is more effective than vaccination.
  • Explain your answers to the “believing” questions about the three premises opposing your position 
    • What’s interesting or helpful in this view?
    • What would I notice if I believed this view?
    • In what sense or under what conditions might this idea be true?
  • Examine at least two types of biases that you likely experienced as you evaluated the premises for and against your position.
  • Discuss the effects of your own enculturation or group identification that may have influenced your biases.

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  • Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
  • Address the main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
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