Reading HW for Monday, 11/4

Your reader has some excellent essays and resources to help guide you through the research process. For Monday, 11/4 Read “Evaluating Sources” on p. 172 and “Stasis Theory” on p. 203.

You will be using these two readings actively next week, so they are really important. For now, answer the following questions in the comments section below:

  1. How can you actively work to eliminate (or mostly eliminate) bias from your research?
  2. Explain Aristotle’s concepts of topoi and stasis.
  3. In your own words, explain stasis theory.

*You may also want to review the chart on pages 178-179 as you sit down to source search on Monday.


13 thoughts on “Reading HW for Monday, 11/4”

  1. 1. You can eliminate biases by bringing as many sources as possible, showing each side.
    2. Topoi is something that was created that is common among a community. Statis is when you disagree with someone.
    3. Stasis theory is a way to write about a broad/large topic and narrow it/cut it down for one specific audience.

  2. 1) I can effectively eliminate as much bias as possible by looking into as many sides of the argument with sources to become as informed as possible on the given subject.
    2) Aristotle’s concept of topoi is utilizing not only your own thoughts but the communities thoughts or the social norm which is the origin of all common sense or things obvious to the community like the sky is blue or something like that. The concept of stasis is stopping to find what opinion others have on the issue weather they agree or disagree on what parts of the issue which allows you a way to figure out where to start your argument based on where the audience left off in their opinion.
    3) I believe stasis theory is just making an argument based on the reactions of your topic so that you can hit closer to home when it comes to arguing your case against those who disagree.

  3. 1. It’s hard to find good, credible sources for papers now a days but some ways to avoid bias is collecting many reliable sources as I can as well as thoroughly reading them to avoid any information that may be misleading or prejudice.
    2. Topoi is the place in your head you go to, to create arguments. Which using this on top of Stasis theory ultimately helps you figure out where to begin and end or what questions to answer and what facts to include.
    3. Stasis Theory is the way you think of a topic, how to approach it, the value of the argument, the facts, and what to do about it. It’s essentially how you choose to display your argument.

  4. 1. To eliminate biases from my research I can gather information from various sources with various perspectives and views. This can ensure I am getting the full picture and taking all sides of a topic into consideration.
    2. Aristotle’s concept of topoi is the headspace where your thoughts and beliefs formed by yourself and your community come into play in an argument. Stasis goes alongside topoi and it is deciding whether or not you agree or disagree with someone.
    3. Stasis theory is baseline for forming a successful non-biased arguement in which you take into consideration the severity of the topic, the facts, and putting all of this together.

  5. How can you actively work to eliminate (or mostly eliminate) bias from your research?
    Explain Aristotle’s concepts of topoi and stasis.
    In your own words, explain stasis theory.

    1. To be able to eliminate bias from my research I must take on as many reliable sources as I can. This will help to not be selective as many sources will help paint the bigger picture.
    2. The concepts of topoi is being able to craft strong positions that can associate with the reader to help reinforce the position. This can be used with the Stasis theory as something can be agreed or disagreed upon.
    3. Stasis theory is a way to research the issue at hand, such as the nature of it. This can be from the meaning to the facts and what does it affect. This basically is a recounting of all the vital information of a research outline.

  6. 1) In order to eliminate bias is to research or gather information on both sides no matter what the topic is, it’s better to say in a neutral position than on either side.
    2) Aristotle’s notion of topoi is that you have a place in your mind that invents arguments or connects to a particular audience.
    3) Stasis theory is forming a non-bias argument on a topic that you choose.

  7. 1. To eliminate all or most of bias from your research, you should draw on as many reliable sources as you can handle when you’re preparing to write. (page 172)

    2. Topoi (or topics): Aristotle’s notion that refers to a place in your mind you can go to invent arguments, or ways of connecting with and persuading a particular audience. (page 204)

    Stasis theory: helps situate public issues as a conversation or deliberation among people who have vested interest in a topic rather than as an isolated paper you write that only a professor will see. (page 203)

    3. I think stasis theory has a lot to do with writing about something that you are truly passionate about and have interest in. Also I think that it urges you to stay away from a broad thesis statement, because that is shown to result in a much weaker argument overall.

  8. 1. You can eliminate bias from your paper by doing very careful and thorough research to make sure you are aware of all the facts.
    2. Topoi is the thoughts you have that forms your opinions in arguments.
    3. Statis is the way you approach a topic and argue it.

  9. 1) One way I can effectively remove bias from my research paper is having multiple sources with various perspective. This allows me to view the topic in a broad sense and understand the different outtakes it may have.
    2)The concept of Topi is when you create an argument in your head to view the topic and keeping in mind your “communities” thoughts as well. Stasis goes along because it’s wether you agree or disagree.
    3)In my point of view Stasis Theory is your argument on a topic based on your research and what you know and how you will present the argument based on your perspective and facts.

  10. 1)It is always recommended to bring as many sources as possible to avoid bias. This will bring a broader perspective
    2)Topoi is a metaphor where the speaker may locate arguments for a given subject. Status is a four question writing process consisting of Fact, definition, quality, and policy
    3)Investigate the facts, find the meaning of the subject, assess the reality of the situation, and to plan the action

  11. 1. You can effectively eliminate bias from research by using multiple sources that come from reliable places and writers.

    2. Topia is basically the place in an individual’s mind that an he/she can go to for inventing arguments. It could also be ways to connect with and persuade a specific type of audience. Stasis essentially refers to an end point or where disagreement with someone occurs.

    3. Stasis theory is having interest and purpose in your writing. You write to a particular audience about issues and the audience you write to should find meaning in reading your work.

  12. 1) I can actively work to eliminate bias in my research by avoiding selectivity when choosing sources. I should also “draw on as many reliable sources” as I can handle to ensure I get multiple perspectives.
    2) The concept of topoi is the place in your mind where you create arguments that connects with the ‘commonplaces’ we have created through communities and language. Stasis is the point of disagreement you have with someone where you begin to outweigh their point and you create an argument based upon that.
    3) I understand the stasis theory as a method used to analyze the issues we are researching. This way we can determine what is most important in the topic and the argument we created.

  13. 1. I can eliminate bias by examining all sides of an argument.
    2. Topoi: When inventing arguments your mind goes to certain places and it can help you connect with your audience. Stasis: Has to do with how you argue a topic
    3. Stasis Theory has to do with how you set your argument up and how you will set this argument up to get people to side with you.

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