It’s a no brainer… or is it?

‘It is a mistake to think that all arguments have just two sides — one right side and one wrong side. In fact most arguments that you encounter in college focus on issues that are quite complex.” This quote comes from the introduction of the book Practical Argument: A text and Anthology by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.

In complex arguments there is normally always more than a yes or no reply. There are more things to think about and more questions that you have to ask yourself before making up you mind on whether or not you agree with any given issue or idea.

These complex arguments come about more frequently in college because your professors are helping you think more outside of the box and analyze situations differently than you would normally.

Complex arguments are like puzzles. There are many pieces that you must first analyze and put together before you can see the complete image or in this case until you can come to a conclusion on whether or not you agree or disagree with a particular issue. In some other cases you could come up with a completely different solution than just your typical black and white yes or no answer.

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Image via http://timvangelder.com/category/argument/

In summary any argument has multiple variables that must be evaluated before you can complete any puzzle.  Before jumping to the obvious answer one must carefully review all facts and circumstances and then based on this knowledge draw your own conclusion independent of the obvious.

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