Friday, April 8, 2011

Syntax (April 8)

For this in-class assignment, post a quote (with page number) of an example from Being Wrong of each type of sentence:



Anonymous said...

Sandy Ornelas
Eddie Torres
Brian Escalante

Simple: Keeping wolves at bay is a start. Page 259
Compound: Keep that balance intact, and all of us can experience the pleasures of communal life without fear of sacrificing our autonomy (to say nothing of our soul.) page 158
Compound-Complex: If we think we hold our beliefs because they comport with the evidence, we must also think that we will revise them when new evidence arises. Page 130
Complex: Before some readers take umbrage, let me knowledge that this is an excessively broad use of the word “we.” page 176

Anonymous said...

Page 110 “This is the grim flip side of our passion for inventing theories. “ Simple
Page 150 “We talk about the weather, not about the climate change; about our recent vacation, not our recent abortion.” Compound
Page 112 “Although we seldom think of it this way, evidence is immensely central to our lives.” Complex
Page 173 “When I mentioned this earlier, I was talking about or own certainty and doubt-about how it feels safe and pleasurable to be steadfast in our convictions.” Compound-Complex

-Brian Garcia & Kathleen Rodriguez

Anonymous said...

Compound: "You might think that gazing directly at evidence that contradicted her claim would have given Elizabeth pause, but it did not." pg. 124

Simple: "It's also a decent indicator that you are about to lose a bet." pg. 124

Compound: "In the fifty years immediately following the Copernican revolution, Western astronomers began to observe changes in the heavens they had failed to notice for centuries: new stars appearing, others disappearing, sunspots flaring and fading out." pg. 127

Compound-Complex: " The booth was obviously something of a jest, but as a responsible lawyer, Don was careful to staff it with practicing members of the bar." pg. 122

-Noreida Iniguez, Christina Cecil, Elizabeth Vega

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Stephanie Santos
Gladys Mayra Delgado
Dominica Martinez

PG 225: “The trial lasted one week.” –Simple Sentence
PG 240: “In the months and years after Penny acknowledged her error, she would learn a great deal about how it came about.” –Complex Sentence
PG 75: “Plato new it was philosophically unsound, and, in his inimitable fashion, he purposed it only in order to genially eviscerate it.” –Coumpound Sentence
PG 190: “A tiny child alone in one of the most overwhelming places on earth: I’ve thought about this image often while working on this book –and, for that matter, while going about my life.” –Compund –Complex Sentence

Anonymous said...

"Although it is one of the world's oldest and most established democracies, women there were not allowed to vote until 1971" (133) - Complex Sentence.

"Now, I really feel like me" (191) - Simple Sentence.

"As we'll see toward the end of this book, if we could somehow observe the moment of error every time is happens-slow it down and expand it when we normally condense it to mere instants, speed it up and compress it when we attenuate it to years or decades-change is what we would see at its core every time" (192) - Compound-Complex Sentence.

"My destination was a certain Apline Lake, and, along the way, I chatted breifly with a somewhat crotchety older man who had been fly-fishing in a near by river" (193) - Compound Sentence.

-M. McKenney
Laura Niederauer

Anonymous said...

Pg 135.
- But the story doesn't end there. (Simple)

-The point merits some emphasis: being wrong is often a side effect of a system that is functioning exactly right. (Compound)

Pg 179.
- Whether you believe in flying saucers or the free market or just about anything else, you are (if you are human) prone to using certainty to avoid facing up the fact that you could be wrong. (Complex)

Pg 178.
-What these voters do represent, however, are possibilities the rest of us often foreclose: the ability to expedience uncertainty about even hugely important beliefs; the ability top wonder, right up until the moment that the die is cast, if we might be wrong. (Compound-Complex)

Angel Velasquez
Roberto Picos
Jesica Gonzalez
Emanuel Garcia

Anonymous said...

Greyson McDaniel
Howard Lin

Simple: There is ab experience of realizing that we are wrong, of course. (Page 18)

Compound:If our current mistakes are necessarily invisible to us, our past errors have an oddly slippery status as well. (Page 19)

Compound-Complex: But we also see evidentiary thresholds not being crossed-sometimes for centuries, as in the case of Pliny's medical theories. (Page 130)

Complex: Rather than assess a belief on its own merits, we choose among beliefs, clinging to our current ones until something better comes along. (Page 186)

Anonymous said...

This book is about the opposite of all that. (simple) pg 1
This book is staked on the on the soundness of that observation: that however disorienting, difficult, or humbling our mistakes might be , it is ultimately wrongness, not rightness, that can teach us who we are. (Compound complex)Pg6
these experiences of being wrong about moral issues are distinct from the other errors in this book in content, but not in formal. (compound) Pg14
In service of this goal, these researchers have become remarkable taxonomist of error. (complex) Pg12

Erik Figueroa
Uber Garcia
Gabriel Becerra

Anonymous said...

Simple page 143
Since communal beliefs are familiar, established, and supported(socially if not factually), hewing to them is both comfortable and efficient.

Compound page 145
The Asch studies and their recent high-tech replication provide a particularly stark example of a universal phenomenon: like pre-Copernican Western astronomers, we see things as those around us see them

Complex Page 171
That he accidently kills Claudius’s trusted counselor Polonius instead is a failure of execution, not a failure of conviction.

Compound-Complex 149
All of us believe in getting second opinions when it comes to medical issues, but when it comes to most other matters, we are perfectly content to stick with the opinion we already have.
Raul Mendoza
Ramon Duran
Gisel Henandez

Anonymous said...

simple=The history of error is not an account of the shift from one of these frameworks to the other(Schulz,pg.29)

Compound=A third was blind adherence to custom, and the last was the influence of popular opinion (Schulz,pg.137).

Complex=Maybe you and I would have been among them, but the odds are not on our side (Schulz, pg.157).

Compound-Complex= That's your sunk cost, and since the money is gone either way, a rational actor would ignore it (Schulz, pg.195).

---Beatriz Dominguez & David Maciel

Anonymous said...

Eduardo Figueroa
Freddy Soza
Ivan Matip

Simple on Pg. 222

The word "wtness" derives from the word "wit".

Compound on Pg. 262

We understand that we are not the most objective judges of our loved ones, since, by definition, loving someone requires relinquishing our claim to objectivity.

Complex on Pg. 275

If Ellis was to be the spokesperson for some of Durham's most impoverished and disenfranchised white citizens, Atwater would represent its most impoverished and disenfranchised blacks.

Compound-Complex on Pg. 72

By then, as fate would have it, the thirteen-year-old baseball fan had become a psychology professor at Emory University, and, in 1989, he published a groundbreaking study on memory failures like the one he had experienced.

Anonymous said...

COMPOUND COMPLEX: “Decision studies” is something of a euphemism; the field focuses primarily on bad decisions, without which it wouldn’t need to exist. Page 11.

SIMPLE: Take morality first. Page 13.

COMPLEX: Others try to improve safety procedures in situations, ranging from angioplasties to air traffic control, where human error poses a major threat to life and health. Page11.

COMPOUND: I’m concerned here only with the former kind of wrongness, but for several reasons, moral issues will be a constant presence in these pages. Page 13

Curtis Fago
James Wolfenstein

Anonymous said...

Complex:"When the fact-checker falls asleep on the job, however, our theories about the world can become wholly unmoored from reality".
pg 78
Simple:"The things got ugly".pg 235
Compound:"Let go of the romantic notion of love, and we also relinquish the protection it purports to offer us against loneliness and despair". pg. 265
Compound-Complex:"Actually, as i noted above, leeping to conclusions is what we always do inductive reasoning, but we generally only call it that when the process fails us-that is, when we leap to wrong conclusions".pg123

--Maria Bravo,Khulood Hussin, vera nard

Anonymous said...

1. Simple: Of all the things we are wrong about, this idea of error might well top the list. Pg. 5
2. Compound: Error-studies practitioners are a motley crew, ranging from psychologists and economists to engineers and business consultants, and the work they do is similarly diverse. Pg. 11
3. Complex: Because we don’t experience, remember, track, or retain mistakes as a feature of our inner landscape, wrongness always seems to come at us from left field – that is, from outside ourselves. Pg. 21
4. Compound-Complex: When we discover that we have been wrong, we say that we were under an illusion, and when we no longer believe in something, we are disillusioned. Pg. 53
-Michael Gomez
-Carlo Buccat

Anonymous said...

(Pg. 119) We ought to be, since we've been doing so since grade school.-complex

(Pg. 121) The system we have is astonishing.-simple

(Pg. 121) But thinking of these tendencies as problems suggests that there are solutions: a better way to evaluate the evidence, some variable method for reaching airtight verdicts about the world.-compound-complex

(Pg. 241) DNA exonerations tend to be high profile, and Avery's image appeared in the papers and on television almost everyday in the weeks after the new broke.

--Y. Clay

Anonymous said...

The last one is a compound sentence.

--Y. Clay

Anonymous said...

Simple: This is someone who has been asked to commit murder. Page 171

Compound: The desire to experience this kind of wrongness is seldom the explicit reason we engage in recreational travel, and it's certainly not the only reason. Page 292

Compound-Complex: After their Adventist predictions failed to materialize, they floated countless competing theories for what had gone wrong. Page 208

Complex: This doctrine, formulated by Edson more or less on the spot, is known as Investigative Judgement. Page 212


John said...

All of us outgrow some of our beliefs. Simple pg. 9

You might never have given a thought to what I’m calling wrongology; you might be the farthest thing in the world from a wrongologist; but, like it or not, you are already a wrongitioner. Compound pg.9-10

They don’t bear very deeply on our sense of who we are, whereas the abilities to see and to move definitely do. Complex pg. 69

These beliefs serve as a kind of bedrock on which to build the rest of our worldview; instead of questioning them, we use them to ask and answer all our other questions. Compound-complex pg. 166

Trey Lovett
Brian Martinez
Evan Viscarra

Anonymous said...


simple: This was a welcomed develoment for suffragist. Pg 134

compound: A third was blind adherence to custom, and the last was the influence of popular opinion. Pg. 137

complex: Although we seldom think of it this way, evidence is immensely central to our lives. Pg.112

compound complex: The last idol, that of Theatre, concerns false doctrine that are propagated by religious, scientific, or philosophical authorities, and that are so basic to society's worldview that they are no longer questioned. Pg. 139