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DiscussionResourcesExplore a legendary hoax from the Museum of Hoaxes . Describe the elements and details of the hoax. Applying what you know about how to evaluate arguments, pretend you were presented with this hoax and outline the steps you would take to evaluate it. How does this hoax encourage critically evaluating sources of information? Explain three methods by which you can prevent yourself from being fooled by hoaxes or other sources of misinformation.
You must post to this discussion on at least four separate days of the week and your posts must total at least 500 words as you address the questions noted above. Your first post must be completed by Day 3 (Thursday) and the remainder of your posts must be completed by Day 7 (Monday). You must answer all aspects of the prompt at some point during the week. Also, be sure to reply to your classmates and instructor. Try to attempt to take the conversation further by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or responding to the posts that they make to you. Keep the discussion on target and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Reply to at least two of your classmates by sharing why you think some people believed the hoax and why others might have been more skeptical. You might also reflect on times when you were fooled by hoaxes or misinformation and how you plan on preventing this in the future.
For further instruction about how to address discussion prompts in the new format, please view the key terms and Discussion Videos visible on the right in Week 1 Discussion 1. ResourcesRequired Resources
An introduction to logic Chapter 4: Mistakes in Reasoning: The World of FallaciesChapter 5: Applications of Logic
Museum of Hoaxes (http://www.hoaxes.org)
Students will analyze hoaxes from the past with the goal of learning how to evaluate information such that they will not fall into error when they analyze future information.