Critical Thinking Week 8 Discussion


This is a graded discussion: 25 points possible due Aug 30 at 1:59am

Week 8 Discussion: When the People You Love Don’t Think Like You

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Required Resources Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Introduction Facione & Gittens (2016) state, “Strong critical thinking about complex and difficult social policies demands that we respect those with whom we disagree” (p. 344). The authors of your text ask us to take seriously the points of view of those with whom we disagree.

Initial Post Instructions For the initial post, pick one point of view from the five questions above that you find particularly repugnant – one that you think is completely unjustifiable. If you were in conversation with such a person, how could you ethically respond to the statement of such a point of view? Keep in mind that you are expressing a value opinion, which requires ideological reasoning, so you may want to review Chapter 13.

As you form your response, keep in mind the following; these are things you need to think about but not necessarily to write about in your initial post:

Textbook: Chapter 16 Lesson Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Should I respect the point of view of a misogynist – a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women? Should I respect the point of view of a racist? How about someone who believes marriage is only between one man and one woman? How about someone who does not believe that humans are contributing to the conditions that cause climate change? How about someone who denies that the Holocaust occurred?

Reflect if you are using System-1 or System-2 thinking? Are your responses tinged with

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Follow-Up Post Instructions Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Writing Requirements

Grading This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:

Course Outcomes (CO): 5, 6, 7

Due Date for Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Saturday

cognitive bias? Do you think there is a qualitative difference between believing some races are inferior and the belief that marriage should only be between one man and one woman? Do you think there is a qualitative difference between not believing in human contribution to climate change and not believing in the Holocaust?

Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up) Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source) APA format for in-text citations and list of references

Link (webpage): Discussion Guidelines

( Sheffield (Instructor) Jun 22, 2020


Greetings Students,

You are only required to post an initial answer post and ONE follow-up post in each required discussion, each week.

Please make your TWO posts each week between Monday and Sunday. Your posts must

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occur on different days with the first post occurring by Wednesday. If there are extenuating circumstances, please communicate with your professor.

Moral principles are rules of conduct that guide an individual’s actions to take into account the interests of other people. A moral dilemma is a situation in which there is not an obvious ethically right or wrong answer, often because there are two moral principles in conflict with each other.

Moral relativism is believing that morality is completely subjective and each person decides for themselves what they think is right. The criticisms of this 1) implies that you can’t pass judgment on anybody for anything, assuming they’re doing what they believe is right. 2) Becomes contradictory—what if you believe an action is wrong and another person believes the same action is right? According to moral relativism, the action would then seem to be both right and wrong.

Cultural Relativism is believing that whatever your culture approves of is the right thing for you to do. The criticisms have the same problems as moral relativism. How do you determine what counts as a culture or group? And what if there is disagreement within that group?


Monica Hernandez ( Yesterday


Good Morning Professor and Class,

How about someone who does not believe that humans are contributing to the conditions that cause climate change?

I find this topic unjustifiable because there are many reasons as to how humans contribute to climate change. Throughout history, global warming has gotten worse within the years. Secretary- general Taalas mentions, “Things are getting worse,” said Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the

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World Meteorological Organization, which on Tuesday issued its annual state of the global climate report, concluding a decade of what it called exceptional global heat. “It’s more urgent than ever to proceed with mitigation”(Fountain 2019). The gases from the vehicles are the main contributor to global heat which then can lead to natural fires. There are various fuels released not only in cars, but also in many factories, and toxic gases like carbon monoxide.


Do you think there is a qualitative difference between not believing in human contribution to climate change and not believing in the Holocaust?

I do think there is a qualitative difference between humans contributing to climate change and not beliving in the holocaust because one has been more tragic than the other. Although global warming is destroying many parts of the world, including animals and natural habitats, it does not compare to the intensity of the holocaust. The holocaust was a brutal killing of thousands of people. Thinking critically, I evaluate this event to be untraceable.




Facione, P. A., & Gittens, C. A. (2016). Think critically (3rd ed.). Boston: Pearson

Fountain, H., 2019. Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World ‘Dangerously Close’ To Irreversible Change.



Monica Hernandez ( Yesterday




( Sheffield (Instructor) Yesterday


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Thank you Monica, for participating in the final discussion of the course.

We can find, conclusively from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which I believe is a credible source by the way that humans are the primary reason for global warming and climate change.

When we think about how many people there are in the world, of 7.8 billion, that’s a lot of people who are utilizing all unnatural means to make their life more comfortable.

Great post.


Ashley White ( Yesterday


Hi Professor and Class!

I think that denying that the Holocaust happened is unjustifiable. If I were in a conversation with someone that thought it never happened I would ask them if they have read the stories from many survivors. For some to say it didn’t happen is disrespectful towards the many that were affected by this terrible event. Looking back at history, there are many records and proof that this took place. Using an unusual dataset originating from railway transportation records, this study identifies an extreme phase of hyperintense killing when >1.47 million Jews—more than 25% of the Jews killed in all 6 years of World War II—were murdered by the Nazis in an intense,100-day (~3-month) surge (Stone, 2019).

There is a huge difference between people not believing that they have contributed to climate change vs. not believing that the Holocaust occurred. Contributing to climate change is not a traumatic event that killed millions of people. I think more people would agree that not believing that the holocaust occurred is much more worse than issues with climate change.


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Stone, L. (2019, January 01). Quantifying the Holocaust: Hyperintense kill rates during the Nazi genocide. Retrieved August 25, 2020, from

( Sheffield (Instructor) Yesterday



Ashley, thank you for your post for the final discussion of the course.

If you asked someone that, I would not be surprised if they were to tell you that they had not read any of the information regarding the Holocaust. Have you found that many today are not reading history?

There is a definite difference in not believing the holocaust and not believing that humans are causing climate change. The one positively outweighs the other and there is no excuse for ignorance or checking out the truth of the matter.

Good post.


Christine Mercado ( Yesterday


Hello Professor and Class,

I’ll discuss the point of few about someone who believes that the Holocaust did not occur. The Holocaust was the World War II Genocide that was most known for the murder of over 6 million Jews by the German Nazis. I remember learning about the Holocaust in all of my history classes. Therefore, for someone to deny that this has happened is not only disrespectful but appalling to the survivors and their families who will forever be affected by this dark period in history. There is

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plenty of proof from testimonies by witnesses and survivors, documentations, photos and Memorial sites. I believe that as hate incidents continue to rise today, that Holocaust history should continue to be taught so that history is to not repeat itself.

There is a qualitative difference between not believing in human contribution to climate change and not believing in the Holocaust. Both should be continued to be brought up, discussed. I think that people should do additional fact-checking and research, because ignorance is bliss.

References Editors. (2009, October 14). The Holocaust. Retrieved August 25, 2020, from ( war-ii/the-holocaust)

Schonfeld G. (2010). Holocaust denial. Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association, 121, 104–111.



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