Importance of Science about Carl Sagan "Science and Hope"

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Carl Sagan discusses the importance of science and how it helps citizens make smart decisions in "Science and Hope". Science can be described as the study of nature or recognition of how and why things work, using logic and experimentation. Sagan describes four important reasons for a determined effort to express science. (Sagan 392) The first reason Sagan discusses is the understanding of science and how it cam be the road out of poverty and backwardness for rising nations. (393) The second reason he points out is that science warns us of potential dangers in the world. Sagan believed that science teaches us about our planet and the Universe. The last point he argues is that science and democracy encourage unconventional opinions and debate. (394) [Thesis] In Carl Sagan's, "Science and Hope, his argument that science can be used to make intelligent decisions about the global environment is strong and effective.

[Div Thesis 1] One of the ways I can evaluate this argumentative essay is through an emotional appeal. [Div Thesis 2] The second mode that I will apply is a logical appeal, which relies on formulating claims and using supporting evidence. [Div Thesis 3] I will be evaluating Sagan's essay in terms of its ethical appeal by determining if the author is credible or not.

[TS] Carl Sagan explains his feelings effectively through an emotional appeal. [PS] Sagan does an excellent job in stirring people's emotions by conveying the message that science causes people to make wise decisions about the global environment. [SS] Sagan explains in the second sentence that all uses of science are insufficient, even dangerous if it only produces a small, highly competent, well-rewarded priesthood of professionals. (Sagan 392) [SS] This statement by Sagan obviously is appealing to the reader's emotions...