Assignment 1.2: Conflicting Viewpoints Essay – Part II Synthesizing and Writing Due Week 4 and worth 100 points When looking for information about a particular issue, how often
do you try to resist biases toward your own point of view? This
assignment asks you to engage in this aspect of critical thinking.The assignment is divided into two (2) parts. For Part I of the
assignment (due Week 2), you read a book excerpt about critical thinking
processes, reviewed the Procon.org Website in order to gather
information, and engaged in prewriting to examine your thoughts. * Remember that in the Week 2 Discussion, you examined the biases discussed in Chapter 2 of the webtext. In Part II of the assignment (due Week 4), you will write a paper to synthesize your ideas. Part II – Writing Write at three to four (3-4) page paper in which you: 1. State your position on the topic you selected for Assignment 1.1.
2. Identify (3) three premises (reasons) from the Procon.org website
that support your position and explain why you selected these
specific reasons. 3. Explain your answers to the “believing”
questions about the three (3) premises opposing your position from the
Procon.org website. 4. Examine at least two (2) types of biases that
you likely experienced as you evaluated the premises for and against
your position. 5. Discuss the effects of your own enculturation or group identification that may have influenced your biases.
6. Discuss whether or not your thinking about the topic has changed
after playing the “Believing Game,” even if your position on the issue
has stayed the same.The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.
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Running head: CONFLICTING VIEWPOINTS
Conflicting Viewpoints I: Prewriting
PHI 210- Critical Thinking
8 January 2019
Conflicting Viewpoints I: Prewriting
My stand on recreational marijuana is that it should be legalized because it has shown
more benefits than disadvantages. The economy will benefit from the same and on top of that,
legalization does not make anyone who did not consume the drug to start using because it is
readily available even when it is illegal. While engaging in the believing game, here are three
premises which oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana:
Legalizing marijuana increases use by teens, with harmful results.
The interesting issue about this view is that it brings out the effects on young school-
going people who may be highly vulnerable. Furthermore, if I believed this view, I would realize
that marijuana’s effect on the developing brain of teenagers is indeed very adverse as compared
to the adult brain. Since the human brain fully develops at age 25, teenagers may suffer adverse
effects due to marijuana use (ProCon.org, n.d.). Overall, this idea makes sense if legalization can
be proved to increase the overall consumption of marijuana. Otherwise, without an increase in
consumption by teens, this idea would not hold.
Marijuana is addictive, and dependence on the drug will increase with legalization.
The most interesting detail of this view is the claim that dependence on marijuana is the
most problematic. According to ProCon.org, (n.d.), giving up cocaine and alcohol may be easier
than giving up cannabis. Additionally, if I were to believe this view, I would understand the
adverse effects of marijuana dependence including additional addiction to other drugs. This view
of the legalization of marijuana would be true if the opposition would produce statistics showing
an increase in marijuana usage with legalization. The statement explains that legalization would
increase dependence but does not provide statistical evidence to support that claim.
The black market and organized crime benefit from marijuana legalization.
This view of marijuana introduces an interesting detail in the analysis of how drug cartels
undercut government business and prices when set for marijuana. This detail is interesting
because it highlights how cartels work even outside the marijuana business. Moreover, believing
this view would allow me to learn how cartel business works in setting prices and undercutting
government regulations in businesses. This view is fascinating, and it would be true if it were
proved that the marijuana business is profitable for cartels. If we are sure that cartels will invest
in the marijuana business when legalized, it is then possible to accept the view that organized
crime will benefit from the legalization.
ProCon.org. (n.d.). Should recreational marijuana be legal? Retrieved from
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