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How will we affect the next generation?

Each year thousands of Americans lose their lives because they are unable to critically assess their surroundings due to errors in thinking. This is a serious problem facing our world . Not only can it cause harm to individuals demonstrating, but others merely associated. Though several people have identified this issue very few have taken action to eliminate it. By bringing attention to this problem we can help educate kids of the future to be aware of fallacies and errors in thinking. They will be able to differentiate information given to them. Logical fallacies and errors in thinking present danger to the wellbeing of present and future generations, and must be stopped. There are three different errors in thinking can cause serious problems for human beings.

The first error in thinking that causes problems for people in that we often misperceive our world. For instance, the Bermuda Triangle. Many people think it is mysterious that flights have lost connection or communication to the airport when in this area. In reality the same percentage of flights have lost connection to the airport at places all around the world.These people are just misperceiving the simple statistics of a certain region and are disregarding the statistics of other areas . Another example is the Amityville haunted house. People living in the house claim they saw “demon prints”. These people are just mistaken, or misperceiving the prints of some type of animal as the prints of a demon. The last example is a Ouija board. A family claimed the Ouija board told them that it would hurt someone. The next day they said their daughter woke up with a scratch. They are missed perceiving this situation because there are so many possibilities of how their daughter could have gotten scratched at night. All of these examples show misperceiving our world because they take typical (synonym for usual) situations and make assumptions, turning them unusual.

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A second error in thinking that gets in people’s way is believing stories over statistics. For instance (synonym for example), psychic detectives. People who believe psychic detectives are usually the family of someone who died in the crime. They believe the psychic because they want closure of what happened to their loved one. Thus, they believe the psychic’s stories over the fact that there is no evidence the physics is able to produce a legit story. Another example of this error is acupuncture believers. Many people who carry great loads of pain believe the stories of positive acupuncture stories over the statistics that there is no scientific evidence that acupuncture works because they want to hope that there is a cure for their pain. Lastly, is Bigfoot. Many people believe stories of Bigfoot because they want to believe that this great creature exists. They believe the stories over the statistics that there is no reliable source of evidence of Bigfoot. All of these examples suggest that many people believe stories of statistics for personal benefit; however, these people should take a step back and realize what they are believing has no scientific evidence.

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A final error in thinking that is especially significant is argument from ignorance. An example of this error is the Loch Ness monster. Believing in a monster for most people with common sense is very unusual because they understand the flimsy evidence behind the claim (DI). However, some individuals will see some type of unidentified object in the famous land where the Loch Ness monster is supposed to live and immediately say it is the Loch Ness monster, even though they don’t know what the object is. Secondly, the Amityville haunted house. People living in the house claim to hear weird noises. However, these people are disregarding logical possibilities. (ID) Because they didn’t know where these noises come from they automatically said it was the devil scream. My last example of the error is about Bigfoot. Many people have seen the famous videos claiming to be of bigfoot, however in these videos there is usually a big brown unidentified creature which could be anything. Believers often say if you don’t know what it is, it must be Bigfoot. All of these examples suggest (synonym for say) if people can’t identify something then it can be whatever is wanted it to be true, and those people are misunderstanding that they are making up their own scenarios with no evidence (I,ccI).

In conclusion, many people have errors in thinking which can be very dangerous to the future to mankind. Lacking critical thinking skills in an is an important issue to address. People must know how to identify and refute unreliable information. All schools must teach their students these essential skills. If this problem is not addressed, it will worsen. Further hurting our society. In order to avoid logical fallacies and errors in thinking it is important to teach the young to think skeptically to all encounters, and think that way ourselves.

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