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Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing, Second Edition
John Chaffee et al.
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Chapter 10 Believing and Knowing: Writing to Analyze

Exploring the Chapter Topic

World Religions, Beliefs, History, Art and Cultures
This site provides a good starting point if you are interested in researching religious beliefs throughout the world. Also available are resources for the study of various cultures and artistic practices.

Religious Freedom World Report
From the International Coalition for Religious Freedom, this site lists (or refers the reader to) the legal articles that guarantee religious freedom throughout the world. You can follow the general geographical area link to information about specific countries.

Hoaxbusters is a service operated by the Computer Incident Advisory Center and the U.S. Department of Energy. This page provides an indexed list of computer hoaxes (such as supposedly deadly new computer viruses that turn out to be fakes) and some practical tips on how to recognize hoax warnings when they begin to circulate.

Blackops: The Robert Anton Wilson and Miriam Joan Hill Conspiracy Theory Homepage
This site offers a basic, alphabetized index of links to conspiracy theory pages, some of which are more intriguing than others. .

Experiments in Time
Part of the Time Travel Research Center web site, this page provides links to a number of the greatest time travel experiments conducted throughout history, many of which argue that time travel is real and possible.

Exploring the Readings

L. Christopher Awalt, "Brother Donít Spare a Dime"
National Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Alliance to End Homelessness website offers statistical information on homelessness in America, in addition to information on current policies and plans to fight homelessness.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This site describes current government programs to alleviate homelessness.

Jonathan Kozol, "The Allesandros"
NYC Department of Homeless Services
This agency offers temporary emergency shelter for homeless people. The home page is for the general population and includes volunteering opportunities. Clicking on "How to Access Services" will bring you to the portion of the site that is directed to homeless people.

On Savage Inequalities: A Conversation with Jonathan Kozol
This interview with Jonathan Kozol appeared in the December 1992/January 1993 issue of Educational Leadership. Kozol speaks extensively about education in America, making particular reference to problems of educational opportunities and class.

Alan Lightman, "Is the Earth Round or Flat?"
Phil Plaitís Bad Astronomy
This site debunks what site creator Phil Plait has decided are the worst myths involving astronomy. Also available are movie and TV reviews that focus on poor astronomy as practiced in the media.

Moon Shot: Apollo Photos Fake?
A site that explores the possibility that the Apollo moon landings were faked (or at least that the photographs of the landing were faked).

Harry Waters, "Life According to TV"
Welcome to Transparency
An extensive site, maintained by Ken Sanes, devoted to the critical analysis of media images, including those in television, movies, and advertising. The site also covers of image, film, and media theory.

Casting the American Scene: Fairness and Diversity in Television
Part of the Media Awareness Network web site, this page provides access to George Gerbnerís 1998 report on social representations on prime time and day time television between 1994 and 1997.

Cynthia Crossen, "False Truth and the Future of the World"
The Pew Research Center for The People & The Press
This respected research foundation offers survey results on a large variety of topics pertaining to the media and public policy. You can search their archive of questionnaires for particular topics to analyze or use in a paper.

Stephen Jay Gould, "Evolution as Fact and Theory"
Scopes Trial 75th Anniversary
This site offers an audiotape of an NPR Science Friday program that explores educational and political implications of the Tennessee trial of a teacher who taught evolution.

Online Literature Library: Charles Darwin
You can download entire texts of Charles Darwinís works, including The Descent of Man, at this library site.

Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God
In this article, Dr. Walter Bradley discusses his research and writing about the scientific evidence for an intelligent creator of the universe, citing the work of several prominent thinkers and scientists.