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BUS 290: Critical Thinking for Managers. Text Table of Contents #13 and 14: Omitted Information / Alternate Conclusions. Omitted Information. Whereas discovering ‘Rival Causes’ requires us to examine ‘evidence’ when presented as a cause for something -

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bus 290 critical thinking for managers

BUS 290: Critical Thinking for Managers

Text Table of Contents #13 and 14:

Omitted Information / Alternate Conclusions

omitted information
Omitted Information
  • Whereas discovering ‘Rival Causes’ requires us to examine ‘evidence’ when presented as a cause for something -
  • Omitted Information asks us to identify information that would help understand or shape the reasoning.
clues to missing information
Clues to Missing Information
  • Counter claims or arguments.
  • Definitions, value preferences, perspectives.
  • Evidence or facts used:
    • Sources and reliability.
    • Details of how evidence (facts) was gathered.
    • Alternative procedures for gathering evidence.
    • Missing data, graphs, figures.
    • Alternative effects (positive or negative).
alternative conclusions
Alternative Conclusions
  • Conclusions are often either:
    • General
      • Taking aspirin daily decreases risk of heart attacks.
    • Dichotomous
      • If you don’t rent this apartment you won’t find another one with a better view.
  • Look to narrow the scope of (qualify) the conclusion.
    • Ask – “Under what conditions is this true or acceptable?”
      • When? Where? Why?
    • Ask – “What should we do about X issue”