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For this assignment, you are going to write an essay. Essays should be at least two pages, double-spaced, with 12 point font. You are free to use MLA or APA. To complete this assignment, here's what y

For this assignment, you are going to write an essay. Essays should be at least two pages, double-spaced, with 12 point font. You are free to use MLA or APA. 

To complete this assignment, here's what you will need to do:

1) Read chapter 7 and the short articles from The Skeptic's Dictionary on the Barnum Effect and Cold Reading.

http://skepdic.com/barnum.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

http://skepdic.com/coldread.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

2) Select one of the claims list below.

  • I believe that mediums can contact the dead in seances.
  • I believe in ESP
  • Near death experiences prove that there is life after death.
  • I believe that crystals have healing power.
  • I believe that dowsing really works.
  • I believe that UFOs are spacecraft from another galaxy.

3) Use your skills as a critical thinker to call into question the claim you selected. In other words, tell me how you could show that the claim is false. Possible ways to call into question these claims would include: controlled experiments, identifying informal fallacies, biases, and looking for what is called cold reading and the Barnum Effect.

4) Write out your results in an essay.

5) Your essay needs to include at least two quotations from one of the articles on cold reading and the Barnum Effect. This proves to me that you have read the articles.

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