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Counterexamples: Rejecting the Universal

Introduction Imagine you’re in the lunch line with your friend Omar. The man serving your food is especially grumpy and scolds Omar for taking too many french fries. “Ugh,” Omar t...

Understatement: Just a Few Letters

Have You Ever? You and your sister are very excited to hang out with a long-distance friend who’s in town for a few days. Before you can head out, your father expresses some conce...

Legal vs. Moral: Written vs. Right

Introduction Imagine you are taking a walk one night in your city. You come to an intersection with a traffic light. The pedestrian light says stop, but the entire road is empty. ...

Satire: It’s No Joke

Have You Ever? Your school recently had to replace its principal. The new principal seems like a nice enough person, but you’re not sure if he's a good fit for the job. He hasn’t ...

Parody: No Laughing Matter

Have You Ever? You and your friend Mal are walking downtown when you pass a store that’s playing a new top-charting pop song. It, like many other summer jams, is about a Friday ni...

Tautology: It Is What It Is

Introduction Louis is presenting a book report to his English class. He starts by saying, “Personally, in my opinion, I think that the celebrated book The Grapes of Wrath is an ad...

Trolley Problem: On the Moral Track

Problem The Reaper is terrorizing Starbright city! He’s captured local superhero, Foresight, and trapped them. At the villain’s mercy, Foresight is given a sadistic choice… The...

Pascal’s Wager: The Bet of a Lifetime

Introduction What if you had the opportunity to make the bet of a lifetime? Let’s say that, for a coin flip, you have the chance to bet on whether it’s going to land on heads or t...

Metaphor & Simile: A Piece of Cake and Easy As Pie!

Have You Ever? “That test was a piece of cake,” Madeline says to Luke as they walk to their next class. “Yeah,” Luke agrees, “each question flew by as fast as an airplane.” ...