Corporate Courses

Information Evaluation

Course Outline

An integral part of structuring a persuasive argument is to obtain relevant, correct, or trustworthy information. As mentioned earlier, an argument without substantiation becomes a mere opinion. To be a Critical thinker one should not be swayed by just opinions, but by sound, reasonable arguments.  This in turn requires information for substantiating an argument.  

Yet, no information is ever innocent. Information by its very nature requires interpretation. If there is no interpretation, then it remains unusable data. We make inferences based on data and thus through the act of interpretation data transforms into information. However, the act of interpretation is unavoidably biased. Every one of us is an individual with a unique socio-cultural context that is further influenced by our geopolitical environments, historical backgrounds, gender identifications as well as religious convictions. All of this combines to create a very subjective point of view from which we interpret information.  





Course Content

  • Information Evaluation
  • Sources of Information
  • Perception
  • Perspective
  • Context
  • Expectation
  • Emotion
  • Inferences
  • Problems with perception
  • Testimony
  • Reason and Basic Human Limitations

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