Humanities 101: Critical Thinking
Week two assignment
Analyzing United States Air Force Article
“Project Blue Book: Analysis of Reports of Unidentified Aerial Objects”
May 15, 2016
Analyze author’s perspectives related to
“Project blue book: Analysis of Reports of Unidentified Aerial Objects”
“UNITED STATES AIRFORCE”
Based on critical thinking
How you feel the author’s ideas relate to the concept of “evidence” as it has presented in this week’s material? Do you think they make valid claims about evidence? Why or why not? Identify and analyze any reasoning errors in the author’s argument.
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I think there is a confirmation bias when the author refers to the definition of “UNKNOWNS” in related to “flying saucers” and indicates the insufficiency of “evidence” to validate them, it seems a belief is involved (Boss, 2014, p.109- 131).
In my opinion the author does not make valid claims about evidence. It seems the author is rationalist and as we know rationalism means to find the truth “through reason” (Boss, 2014, p.103).The author obviously is not looking for a reason to confirm this sightseeing or get the conclusion to approve it, because there is just a reason to approve the denial of the existence of flying saucer and you can see the affection of confirmation bias here through contradictory evidences. But before any inventions and discoveries you can see the imaginations or any assumptions the first. For example before the invention of airplanes you can see the desire of flying and commuting through the sky for human being that ended up to the invention of airplanes so you can see the possibility of achieving knowledge through empiricism perception. Empiricism is a belief in finding the knowledge through “physical senses” and is the other perspective to evaluate sources (Boss, 2014, p. 103). I feel the author does not mention even the possibility of this perception.
One of the reasoning errors in the author’s argument is a perceptual error. Perceptual error means when you look at something but see...