R U a dupe?
Are you still thinking about copying something and pasting it into your writing? Read on.
If you want to have a little fun, click on links below:
- Do you believe this professional conference paper? It was written at MIT. Meet the author.
- How about this published paper? Meet the author.
Unfortunately, some people have been fooled and later embarrassed by getting taken in by these hoaxes.
At first glance, these writings have the trappings of scholarly work. Until you start to read carefully and evaluate the claims being made (which are largely nonsense). Even if you are trying to avoid plagiarism and you do acknowledge your sources, you have to be careful what you quote or paraphrase and acknowledge.
Don't be a dupe. Be a critical thinker!
One of the main purposes of a good education is to learn to think critically. Critical thinking leads to one of the highest forms of human knowing.
- Try to understand and then describe what someone claims;
- Determine the merit of those claims by applying criteria;
- Rationally justify their criteria; and
- Explain their reasoning process.
If the criteria are good ones, then a critical thinker can discriminate mere opinions and false beliefs from true facts and verifiable knowledge. Critical thinkers can determine false or unverifiable claims, and can tell you why. Just because someone else writes something or says something does not mean it is true or has merit.
To be a good writer, critical thinking is essential. If you need some help with your writing, here's an inexpensive and excellent resource:
Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., Williams, J. M., Bizup, J., & FitzGerald, W. T. (2016). The craft of research (4th. Ed.). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Take advantage of your education and learn something. Be a critical thinker. Don't be a dupe.
Next, we provide thoughts about why good writing is so hard.