Evolve logical thinking
Argumentative Indian:An argument is an attempt to demonstrate the truth of an assertion, which can be valid or invalid.
Logic is the science of reasoning and analysing the inference and is applied in various disciplines like philosophy, mathematics, computer science but above all, in our life. It is the beginning of wisdom and the anatomy of thought. Developing logical, positive and lateral thinking enhances a student's intelligence.
Last week's question was whether to sell the goose for Rs.3, 65,000 or keep it for an egg a day worth Rs.1,000. The arguments for keeping the goose are: The price of gold may increase during the year. The goose may lay more than 365 eggs. As the owner, I would be in the news, would attract media attention and gain popularity. I can get an extra income by charging people for watching the goose laying golden eggs.
At the end of the year, I have the goose to throw a dinner party. There are seven arguments for selling away the goose: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. To avoid the risk of the goose dying, it should be insured. Then the cost of insurance has to be taken into account.
The way the gold price is rising; there is a risk of sudden drop. Then I have to spend my time and incur travel expenses to sell the egg every day.
Fourthly, I can save on the feeding cost. Security for the goose also entails expenditure. More than anything, at 12 per cent interest, the net present value of money over a period of one year at the rate of Rs.1,000 per day would amount to Rs.3,43,897 against which I am getting Rs. 3.65 lakhs on the first day itself. Regarding last week's competition, there were more than seven hundred entries and the winners with ‘ maximum reasons' were: email@example.com, annpurnasubramanaym and reddy.padmaja1990@ gmail.com. An argument is an attempt to demonstrate the truth of an assertion. It can be valid or invalid.
Sometimes it can be misleading since it depends more on the skill of the person who is constructing the argument to manipulate the person who is being convinced. Prepare an argument on behalf of a beggar who stole bread for her son dying with hunger. Let your friend counter-argue on behalf of the shopkeeper.
Check up whether your perception changes if the theft involves stealing a gold ring for the same purpose. This is how you can develop logical expertise.
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