Conflicting Viewpoints Essay: Part 2


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. 


Write a 3–4 page paper in which you:

1. State your position on the topic you selected in the Week 3 assignment, Conflicting Viewpoints

Essay: Part 1.

2. Identify three premises (reasons) from Pros & Cons of Controversial Issues that support your

position, and explain why you selected these specific reasons.

3. Explain your answers to the “believing” questions about the three premises opposing your

position from Pros & Cons of Controversial Issues.

4. Examine at least two 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


6. Discuss whether 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 the main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.

• Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.

• Use four sources to support your writing. Choose sources that are credible, relevant, and appropriate. Cite each source listed on your source page at least one time within your assignment. For help with research, writing, and citation, access the library or review library guides.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment:

Examine biases involved with the premise evaluation of a given issue.