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How to Spot a Weak Argument — Science and Technology

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When you’re reading or skimming argumentative essays, especially by philosophers, here is a quick trick that may save you much time and effo…

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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How "surely" indicates that the writer is probably very unsure about the point that it prefaces.

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ratzelster's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:01 AM

Interesting stuff to consider for scientific argumentation....crafting lessons for next year.

Jessica Kelly's comment, May 31, 2013 12:24 PM
I'll start countering "surely" w/ "actually"! :)
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Divorces rise as economy recovers, study finds

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Married couples promise to stick together for better or worse. But as the economy started to rebound, so did the divorce rate.
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What does this article suggest about the economic aspect of marriage?

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Using a Robot to Ease a Child's Pain

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Health care workers have a new tool to ease needle anxiety in children: a talking robot.
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US concerned by Singapore Internet rules

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Tan Shao Wei's comment, January 19, 2014 10:00 AM
Freedom of expression is indeed a salient concern that has been bugging Singaporeans, probably since the advent of the Internet in Singapore. The various restrictions on content imposed upon websites by the MDA seem to suggest that the government is worried about exposure of inappropriate content to Singaporeans, especially those of the political or racial fields. While censorship does help to somewhat reduce the exposure of such offensive or inappropriate materials, it is nothing more than a deterrence to people who post or choose to view such content. There are many uncensored websites that still contain this type of content. The parody Facebook and Twitter account “SMRT Ltd (Feedback)”, for example, has over 60,000 likes and 13,000 followers, mostly from Singaporeans. The account has a miscellany of posts that contain racist jokes and vulgar insults to people for entertainment purposes. MDA has little control over social media, and does not have many options to deal with it even though it is there for everyone to view. Even the licensing mentioned in this article is not a fool proof method of censorship. The Breakfast Network was taken down last year due to licensing issues, and yet it still remains alive on its Facebook page, supported by thousands of fans. Perhaps, then, it is time for a paradigm shift. Perhaps it is time for MDA to review its policies, and let Singaporeans freely express themselves and choose what they want to access. After all, it has been proven time and again that Singaporeans do know how to stand up for the right thing.
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HDB to retain ethnic integration policy limits for rental flats - Channel NewsAsia

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National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the Housing and Development Board has decided to retain the existing ethnic integration policy limits for rental flats.
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Mollycoddled little emperors | publichouse.sg

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Andrew Loh On 30 June, Acting Minister for Manpower, Tan Chuan Jin, posted a status update on his Facebook page. In it, he pledged his support for Spo...
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The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

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Fingerprint (Photo credit: CPOA) It may raise hackles to think that U.S.
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'S'porean-first' not about rejecting meritocracy

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MR MICHAEL Dee ("Nationality-based hiring goes against meritocracy"; Wednesday) should know that Mr Raymond Koh Bock Swi's call for Singaporeans to fill top jobs in the banking sector ("Ways to strengthen Singapore core in banking"; June 27)...
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Are three-parent babies the first step towards a Blade Runner future?

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Zoe Williams: Debate of the day: Mitochondrial transfer isn't necessarily part of the pro-choice package. It has ethical implications worth thinking about
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More living to 100 years old in Singapore

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The centenarian club used to be really exclusive, but its membership has ballooned in the past two decades.
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The digital demo

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“SOCIAL media are the worst menace to society,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, on June 2nd. Such fears delight dissenters. Protesters’...
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Dear McDonald's - Deborah Tan

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Dear McDonald's, Congratulations on yet another fantastic marketing campaign. From a marketer's point of view, the recent Hello Kitty campaign you ran is a fine case study of what it means to use d...
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Singapore should not be Finland

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As the national conversation continues over the future shape of Singapore’s education system, the example of Finland has cropped up now and again.
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Lee Hung Ping's comment, January 16, 2014 10:03 AM
Although the Finnish education system holds many redeeming qualities, it would be unwise to propose that Singapore adopt a Finnish education model. Both countries achieve similarly lofty proficiency scores through radically different means. One does so motivated by future job prospects and the proliferation of emphatic drilling on desired skills such as critical and creative thinking. The other through self-driven curious inquiry, where incessant drilling by teachers is discouraged. In other words, a bane in one country is a boon in another. As such, apostatizing on Singapore's part would lead to the erosion of its highly regulated and efficient education beliefs and system, throwing it into utter chaos. Instead, small, incremental changes to Singapore's education system should be made taking cues from and not banally copying the Finns, such as nurturing self-motivated learning in Singapore students, to help Singapore's education system evolve.
Tan Shao Wei's comment, January 16, 2014 10:15 AM
In the first place, Finland's education system is drastically different from Singapore's. To suggest a sudden jump from one to the other would be overly difficult, not only to implement, but also for Singapore to acclimatise to -- be it the educational policies, or even for the teachers and students. Besides, what works for Finland may not work for Singapore. The axiomatic truth is, every system in the country is inextricably linked, and they all affect each other in one way or another; the political situation, the culture, or perhaps the welfare system. Thus, it would be dangerously simplistic to simply “copy-and-paste” an implementation from Finland to Singapore. From my perspective, it would not do Singapore much good to imitate Finland. Singapore is already on the right track by starting to reduce sources of pressure, like the public announcement of top scorers for PSLE, and so on. The education system has to progress to a point where every school is a good school in the eyes of the general public, to ensure that parents trust their child can perform and learn their best in any school they go to, as long as they put in the required effort. This would ultimately reduce the stress levels, which are a major point of contention for many, Singaporeans and foreigners alike. Start with baby steps, and Singapore will slowly but surely find its way to the Finnish line.
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Disruptions: How Driverless Cars Could Reshape Cities

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While driverless cars might still seem like science fiction, people are considering what they could mean for the city of the future. The short answer is “a lot.”
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A Nation of Kids with Gadgets and ADHD | TIME.com

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Is technology to blame for the rise of behavioral disorders?
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Saul Perlmutter: 'Science is about figuring out your mistakes'

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The astrophysicist who discovered that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate tells Zoë Corbyn why he isn't afraid to fail
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Programme launched to empower youths to contribute back to society - Channel NewsAsia

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Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) has launched a new programme to empower youths to contribute back to society through meaningful ground-up initiatives.
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The Lions played – and Singapore roared

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by Pavan Mano
Six days ago, relegation-threatened Felda United held second-placed Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) to a 1-1 draw. In doing so, they inadvertently turned ...
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Decolonial Aesthesis: From Singapore, to Cambridge, to Duke University |

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Thoughts on modernity/coloniality, geopolitics of knowledge, border thinking, pluriversality, and the decolonial option
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The Big Four rise up against new MDA scheme

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by Yen Feng Looks like it’s not just the small-time bloggers who are pissed about the new MDA licence scheme. Now, four others have spoken ...
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BBC World Service - The Documentary, Media Futures, Media Futures - Internet Age

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How newspapers, radio and television are shaping up to the challenges of a digital world
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The fallacy of universal Asian values | Asian Correspondent

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Much is made about the 21st century belonging to Asia, but what exactly does this mean?
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Singapore, let’s get disruptive

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Innovation is the key to whether Singapore surges ahead, or falls behind, in the years to come. How can businesses, organisations and people here reinvent themselves?
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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, October 8, 2013 9:00 AM

countries who have prospered must notgettingbacktoyou et complacent, rather need to continuously work to reinvent so they are working at the cutting edge