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Up to this point we've been mapping arguments. But I'm sure you'll agree that there's a big difference between making a map and agreeing that the argument you've mapped is a convincing one!

It's time to reflect on the quality of arguments. We'll start by looking at the level of confidence we have in the sources of information we map in basis boxes.

Some sources provide sound support for a claim:

Solid

 

Other sources provide only shaky support for a claim.  They are weak, rather than dubious:

 

Some sources are unreliable and provide nil support for a claim:

Nil picture

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Austhink 2007.  Rationale Exercises version 0.1, Sep-07

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