week 1: Mon Feb 1 & Feb 3
We will see how data, charts and imagines can be misleading
Quartz, The Most Misleading Charts of 2015 [article]
week 2: Mon Feb 8 & Wed Feb 10
We will discuss the nature of an argument, its articulation in premises and conclusions and the distinction between inductive and deductive arguments [slides].
Euclid, Elements, Book I, Propositions 1—5
week 3: Wed Feb 17 — No class Mon Feb 15
We will discuss what necessary and sufficient conditions are and their significance within arguments [slides]
week 4: Mon Feb 22 & Wed Feb 24
The exercise is to find out how the distinction between necessary and sufficient conditions is used by economist Friedman and senator Clinton.
Milton Friedman on Slavery and Colonization [video]
Hilary Clinton, Closing Statement in the Wisconsin’s debate [video]
week 5: Mon Feb 29 & Wed Mar 2
First exam and discussion of the solutions.
week 6: Mon Mar 7 & Wed Mar 9
We will discuss the difference between causation and correlation
Khan Academy, Correlation and Causality [video]
week 7: Mon Mar 14 & Wed Mar 16
Same topic as last week
Levitt & Dubner, Where Have all the Criminals Gone?
Vox, 16 Theories why Crime Plummeted [article]