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0.1 Appreciate why CT skills are worth learning
0.2 Understand how to take this course
1.1 Define the word “argument”
1.2 Distinguish arguments from fights
1.3 Distinguish arguments from descriptions
1.4 Listen carefully to arguments you disagree with
1.5 Interpret statements charitably
1.6 Practice charity in the real world
2.1 Identify claims
2.2 Determine whether a statement is a premise, objection, or neither
2.3 Identify components of an argument
2.4 Test premises for truth
3.1 Use inference indicator words to identify components of arguments
3.2 Use indicator words to construct mini-arguments
3.3 Use argument maps to visually represent indicator words
3.4 Place an objection accurately in an argument
3.5 Recognize that a bad argument can still have a true main claim
4.1 Recognize when one claim gives a reason to believe another claim
4.2 Choose the most relevant evidence to support a claim
4.3 Distinguish arguments from causal explanations
4.4 Evaluate the strength of inferences
5.1 / 5.2 Map and evaluate independent premises
5.3 / 5.4 Map and evaluate chain arguments
5.5 Map arguments with independent and sub-premises
6.1 Identify co-premise arguments
6.2 Visualize evidence and reasoning as co-premises
6.3 Evaluate co-premise arguments
6.4 Map short co-premise arguments
M1 Identify and fix mistakes in argument maps
7.1 Identify statements that need interpretation
7.2 Interpret tricky statements charitably
7.3 Evaluate arguments charitably
8.1 Follow “Holding Hands” and “No Surprises” rules
8.2 Identify charitable missing co-premises
8.3 Identify missing evidence or reasoning
8.4 Use missing co-premises to evaluate inferences
9.1 Make logical inferences from premises and evidence
9.2 Fill in logical gaps between premises and claims
9.3 Identify missing sub-conclusions for co-premise arguments
10.1 Distinguish “Not so!” from “So what?” objections
10.2 Map an objection and the author’s response
10.3 Evaluate the overall sufficiency of an argument

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