Below are the two discussion assignments.
Find a famous speech and read through it carefully. As you read, pinpoint the claim that the speech is making and analyze the appeals to logos, pathos, and ethos that occur within it. (You can find famous speeches by visiting the History Channel or through your own research.) Post a copy of the speech below and write a paragraph that explains the claim of the speech, as well as the ethos, logos, and pathos within the speech (or the speaker).
Listen to Science Friday’s podcast Mathematical Universe at http://www.sciencefriday.com/blogs/01/17/2014/why-we-should-think-big.html?series=&interest=&audience=&author=
Do you think that the author confuses the methodology for describing the universe [mathematical models] with the universe itself [the object of description] by claiming that the universe is completely mathematical?
How does he support his position? What evidence does he use to build his case?
Is his position defensible and/or questionable and if so how might you further support and or question his view? Note that you do not necessarily need to bring scientific observations to bear on this discussion but be entirely hypothetical.