Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Article With Bias

                In the article, "Arguments Against Abortion" Kerby Anderson, writes about all things that are wrong with getting an abortion. Throughout the article Kerby uses many biases to help strengthen her argument, and prove to people that abortion is a negative action. One form of bias Kerby uses is the focusing effect which is, "the tendency to place too much importance on one aspect of an event." Throughout the novel, Kerby is constantly restating how abortion is considered as going against God, and the bible. Most of Kerby's article is focused around God, and why it is wrong to get an abortion.
                One very important bias Kerby Anderson focused on while she wrote her article was that, "base rate fallacy." The base rate fallacy or base rate neglect is, "the tendency to ignore base rate information (generic, general information) and focus on specific information (information only pertaining to a certain case)." "Arguments Against Abortion" is an article that is focused on one specific topic; abortion. Kerby never falls off topic and throughout each paragraph maintains her original topic of the negative aspects to abortion. Thus, supporting how Kerby Anderson's article contains the base rate fallacy. 
                After reading the rest of Kerby's article, I realized that she created a sense of c
onservatism (also known as Bayesian.) Conservatism is, " the tendency to revise one's belief insufficiently when presented with new evidence." Before reading this article I did not know much about abortion, nor did I have an opinion on it. However, after reading the article I realized that abortion is not one of the best decisions a person could make. I personally don't like the idea of taking away the life of an innocent child, and I think it is unfair for the child, because they did not ask to be brought into the world then taken out of it. I thought this article was really inspiring, and it helped me gain a better view on the negative aspects of abortion.

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