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PHL 458 Week 1 Critical
and Creative Thinking in Society Short Essays

Write 150 to 200 words on each of the following topics: (your text is a
great source for helping with these topics)

  • Describe a
    situation of public interest in which critical and/or creative thought
    could have been used for a better outcome. Describe why it is important to
    think critically and creatively in similar situations.

  • Define free
    will, truth, knowledge, 
    and opinion. Explain how we use them to form thoughts. What
    role does each play in critically assessing situations?

  • Identify
    three hindrances to the critical thinking process. Determine methods for
    overcoming these hindrances. Identify a time in which you experienced a
    hindrance in critical thinking. Describe a method you could use to
    overcome the hindrances.

  • Identify a
    message in advertising. Describe how you perceive the message of the
    advertisement. Try to determine the reality of the advertisement.
    Distinguish between your perception and the reality of the message.

  • Format your paper consistent with APA
    guidelines. This is only One paper, not Four!!



PHL 458 Week 2 Creative
Spark Talk Analysis

Review the entire list of talks listed in the Materials section
for this assessment.

Select one talk that is of interest to you and watch
it in its entire length.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word summary of the salient
points made in the talk and its supporting details that catch your interest.

Indicate the name and position of the speaker and the
location and year of the talk in your summary.

Conclude your summary with a
reflection of the following:

  • How the
    talk's content illuminates some of the stages of creativity

  • How the
    topic of the talk relates to the concepts of imagination and curiosity

  • How some of
    the points made in the talk might apply to your personal experience and
    benefit society as a whole

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.


PHL 458 Week 2 Think
Differently Exercise

In 1997, Apple, Inc.
supported its "Think Different" marketing campaign with a 1-minute
commercial featuring black-and-white footage of 17 iconic 20th-century
personalities. The commercial was conceptualized by the Los Angeles-based
advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day.

the one minute commercial at:

this commercial is also known as the "Crazy


Identify the 17 individuals shown
in the background and, as a team, discuss the following questions:

  • What did
    each of the individuals contribute to the world?

  • How was each
    of these contributions rooted in creative thinking; that is, how did each
    change existing paradigms of seeing or experiencing the world?

  • Are there
    defining characteristics shared among all or most of the individuals?

  • What is the
    value of imagination and thinking outside the box with regard to their

As you write your summary
do not specially state what each individual did to change society but do you
see any similarities in their characteristics. For instance, we could determine
similarities in Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi and others highlighted in this

Summarize your findings in a 350-
to 700-word word paper.

Format your summary consistent with APA guidelines.


PHL 458 Week 3 Evaluating
Truth and Validity Exercise

Select three of the scenarios in the Applications
list 12.2 (a.-y.) at the end of Ch. 12 in The
Art of Thinking

Apply the following in 350 to 500 words for each

  • Evaluate
    each argument, using the 4-step process described on p. 218, regarding
    soundness of reasoning (truth and validity).

  • Explain your
    assessment and add alternative argumentation where necessary.

Format your paper consistent with
APA guidelines.


PHL 458 Week 3 Solutions

Search for problematic societal issues of public interest and
pick one issue you would like to resolve.

Express the issue you found in
your search. Refine your expression and include both the original and the
refined version. Justify your revision.

Investigate the issue by obtaining
necessary information. List the questions you must answer to understand the

Conclude your investigation with
a thorough explanation of the issue, including answers to each of the questions
you identified.

Produce ideas toward resolving this issue. Take note
of all of your initial ideas--whether you think they are ridiculous or serious
is not important.

Discuss the two ideas that you
think are the most imaginative, original, and positive potential solutions to
the issue.

Summarize your process and initial

Refine your team's solutions by
following Ch. 12 (overcoming errors in reasoning) and Ch. 13 (refining
resolutions) of the text and decide on the better of the two.

Present your refined final
resolution including an implementation plan.

Create a 10- to 15-slide
Microsoft® PowerPoint® or presentation.

  • Local Campus
    students, present your resolution process in a 10- to 15-minute

  • Online
    students, use detailed speaker notes to describe your team's experience at
    each stage.

Include one or two slides on
each of the following:

  • Original

  • Initial

  • Critical
    examination of best resolution

  • Evaluation
    of the argument

  • Revised

  • Refined
    resolution with implementation plan


PHL 458 Week 4 Famous
Creative Thinkers Presentation

Review the list of names provided in the University
of Phoenix Material: Creative Genius List.

Select two individuals who are
famous for their creative ideas (one from each column).

Research their biographies in the
University Library and/or on the Internet.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word
paper to include the following:

  • Information
    about each of the thinker's unique contributions to society

  • The problems
    or issues that their ideas sought to solve

  • A
    description of the solutions and how his or her ideas were implemented

  • Each
    thinker's personal/ social/ political environments and how you think these
    factors contributed to their creativity

  • The creative
    process of each thinker, including any obstacles they faced, and a
    comparison of the creative processes underlying each individual's work

  • A critique
    of their ideas: could they have done anything differently? How did their
    work fit into the existing framework of understanding in their field, and
    how did it advance further understanding of the field?

Include at least four academic references.

Format your paper consistent with
APA guidelines.


PHL 458 Week 4 Critically
Thinking Through a Scenario

On or before Monday, December 12, I
will post a different scenario in each team forum.

  • The team
    will collaborate and use critical thinking to decide what the best
    solution for their issue would be.

  • Together you
    will complete one 350-500 word 'post', which one
    member of the team will copy and paste to the Main Forum (without
    a title page), under the proper designated forum for your team
    (please start with the original scenario so your classmates know what it
    was). Also, post your paper to the team assignment forum
    (which will include a cover page with the names of only the team
    members who participated

  • This
    assignment is due on Friday, December 18 , 2015).

  • Students
    from the other teams will have an opportunity to read and respond to the
    other team's scenario conclusions, which will count towards participation.

  • Remember to
    use critical and creative thinking strategies in your examination of the

  • Have fun!


PHL 458 Week 5 Persuasive
Communication Presentation

Use the societal issue addressed in Week
Three Learning Team assignment.

Select the most appropriate
format to persuade your intended audience of the resolution to your issue.
Possible formats include a political campaign, a city council proposal, an
editorial article, a commercial, a radio-style podcast, a comprehensive
political pamphlet, an interactive game, a website, and so forth. Focus on
creativity and on solid persuasive techniques.

Explain why you chose your
format for your intended audience.

Create a presentation of your message as you would
present it to your intended audience. Include the following in your

  • Consider
    possible reasons your audience might reject your ideas. Address
    anticipated audience objections to your proposal.

  • Devise
    strategies for persuading your audience to accept your proposal and
    incorporate that persuasion in your presentation of the message.

  • Strategically
    organize your material to deliver your message with the ultimate effect.


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