1. What is the thesis or main claim that the author is making?
– I believe the main claim was to prove that life may not have changed if it were to start over again.
2. Does the author make sub-claims? If so, which ones?
– The author of the piece makes a lot of little factual sub-claims. They are all in the forms of specific examples such as salamanders, bacteria, humans, etc.
3. What kinds of evidence does the author use? (scholarly? Peer-reviewed? Secondary?)
-The evidenced used by this author was mainly scholarly. He mainly used printed sources and real observations from existing biologists.
4. Is the evidence credible? Why or why not?
-Yes, their evidence is credible because they mention the full name and occupation of who they sourced and also added their employer. Also, much of the information can be found within printed sources.
5. What kinds of rhetorical strategies does the author use?
-The author used a lot of deductive reasoning. Most of the piece is just factual statements.
6. Does the author make a logical argument? If so, why?
– The author does make this piece logical, but I wouldn’t say argumentative. It is hard to figure out what the argument is without reading the title. Even the in the thesis statement the argument is vague.
7. Did you find any logical fallacies?
-Not really. This entire piece was mainly just facts about organisms throughout time. There were rarely any type of opinions in this piece.
8. Overall, did you find the argument persuasive? Why or why not?
– No, I did not find the argument persuasive. It was very factual and detailed in sources, but it felt like a biology book. You know before hand that there is an argument to be made, but all I really could take from this was there was a lot of historical facts about organisms throughout time. It was more of a timeline for living things on earth than a persuasive argument.
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