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.
- The government should not intervene in personal medical choices.
- Most diseases that vaccines target are relatively harmless in many cases, thus making vaccines unnecessary.
- 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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