Phil 100 F11 (MW): Quizzes

Quiz 11
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  1. Describe the "Alternative Model of Democracy" we raised in class. (4 points)
  2. Briefly explain three issues raised about the mainstream media in the Bill Moyers interview with Glenn Greenwald and Amy Goodman. (2 points each)

Quiz 10
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  1. Explain one of the methods of scientific research we discussed in class (4 points).
  2. Describe 3 of the criteria for distinguishing science from pseudoscience (2 points each).

Quiz 6
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  1. Max Black defines Humbug as, "deceptive misrepresentation, short of lying, especially by pretentious word or deed, of somebody's own thoughts, feelings, or attitudes." What are two issues Frankfurt raises with this definition? (2 points each)
  2. According to Frankfurt, what is the difference between bullshit and lies? (4 points)
  3. According to Frankfurt, why is bullshit worse than a lie? (2 points)

Quiz 5
Each of the following passages commits at least one fallacy. Identify and explain that fallacy.
  1. From former President Bush's address to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001, “And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”
  2. You know why you think that? Because you are an idiot!
  3. If you want a life full of sexual pleasure, don’t graduate from college. A study to be published next month in American Demographics magazine shows that people with the most education have the least amount of sex.
  4. My fellow Americans...there has been some talk that the government is overstepping its bounds by allowing police to enter peoples' homes without the warrants traditionally required by the Constitution. However, these are dangerous times and dangerous times require appropriate actions. I have in my office thousands of letters from people who let me know, in no uncertain terms, that they heartily endorse the war against crime in these United States. Because of this overwhelming approval, it is evident that the police are doing the right thing. 
  5. Father: “Don’t play with that sharp stick son!” Son: “It’s not a stick dad, it is a lightsaber.”