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Basic Problem and Disagreement

When setting conflicting viewpoints, you should identify two things. The first thing, the basic disagreement which is taking place and the second thing you should identify the basic question they’re seeking to answer.

In order to assess the rival claims made by some scientists, you must understand the specific points on which they differ.

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Mini-test: BASIC PROBLEM AND DISAGREEMENT 

Question 1: When studying conflicting viewpoints, you should pay attention to
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Question 2: In the last ten years, a lake in Georgia has slowly turned a pink color. Scientist 1 and 2 disagree on the cause: 

Scientist 1: The lake is turning pink because of pollution from the nearby dye factory. Red dye is leeching through the soil and into the water 

Scientist 2: The pink color is a result of rainwater washing pink limestone down from the nearby mountains. The pink silt is then dying the lakes pink. 

How best would you summarize the difference between the scientists’ theories?
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Now in order to understand the specific points on which they differ, you must understand the basic questions, they’re seeking to answer. Now, it may be that the rival claims made by the scientist are non-fact conflicting, but are simple two differing approaches to solving the same problem.

That’s why it’s important that you investigate the conflict here, by understanding the basic disagreement, but also understanding the basic question each scientist is seeking to answer and by that understanding the specific points on which they differ.

Next Lesson: Identifying Variables