Critical Thinking for A2 by Roy van den Brink-Budgen

By Roy van den Brink-Budgen

This paintings presents accomplished insurance of the OCR's new specification in severe considering and it covers an entire variety of subject matters for devices 3 and 4.

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Suggest criteria that could be useful in helping us to decide how to choose between positions on the continuum developed in Chapter 2. For each criterion you identify, provide an explanation of why it could be relevant. You will find below various pieces of evidence. These provide statistical information which you will find useful in both thinking of relevant criteria and explaining their relevance. For your benefit, the continuum of choice about debt-relief in poor countries is given again. It has been put into the order shown diagrammatically on page 23, with the two extreme positions added.

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, February 15th 2006. If we approach this subject as a false dilemma, and propose that smoking should be banned in some pubs and clubs but not all of them, then we do not necessarily make the decision-making less of a problem. This is what the Government proposed in 2005, but it still managed to upset many people including the Chief Medical Officer (who threatened to resign because there wasn't a complete ban). Though it is unlikely that any decision that affects the public will not be controversial in some way, the fact that decisions have to be made reinforces our interest in the role of Critical Thinking in informing the decision-making process.

34 per cent. ' '... poor countries continue to pay out more to their creditors than they spend on essential public services. Low income countries paid $39 billion to service their debts in 2003, while they received only $27 billion in aid. ' 'Rich countries can easily afford to deliver the necessary aid and debt relief. 7 per cent very great when compared with the priorities of global consumers, who spend $33 billion each year on cosmetic and perfume — significantly more than the $20-25 billion required' (to meet poverty-reduction targets).

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