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5: Step 3 (Support Your Ideas

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    This chapter covers:

    • The Logic of Arguments: Fundamentals
    • Evidence: Proving Your Point
    • Characteristics of Good Supporting Evidence
    • Logical Errors: Flawed Arguments
    • Arguments, Truth and Persuasion

    Once you’ve researched your topic and collected information, you need to figure out how to use what you’ve found to meet your communication goals. If you’re dealing with a controversial question or pro  blem, throwing facts at your audience won’t be enough-you’ll need to assemble it into a logical argument that can stand up to critical attack. This chapter will give you some helpful pointers on how to build an argument and support your ideas.

    Logical arguments are instruments of power. They’re how you make things happen. It’s worth the effort to understand some basics, even if some of this chapter makes your head hurt.

    A moment’s thought would have shown him. But a moment is a long time and thought is a painful process.
    -A.E. Housman


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