Article Critical Critique Guidelines
Locate an appropriate, published article dealing with origins and critically critique it. The purpose of the Critical Critique papers in Cosmogony is to allow you to determine what will be studied and analyzed. The papers will give you the opportunity to apply class material and techniques to actual events in the real world. In other words, the papers demonstrate that you can understand and effectively interpret articles written on the subjects of Evolution and Creation. A Critical Critique paper should convey information by explaining and analyzing an origin issue.
Each article critical critique paper should be a maximum of 2 pages in length. Half of the paper should explain the article, while the other half should analyze the article. The critical critique papers are short! A good paper will require you to organize your thoughts carefully and present your information concisely.
Find an article from a “pro-evolution” perspective for this paper. The articles must be recent – a 2014 or later date. Your article may either be from a hardcopy publication (magazine, serial, etc), or from an appropriate web site. If the article is from an online source (web site), the article either must have been published in hardcopy form, or it must be from a site that does publish. For example, anything found at http://www.scientificamerican.com is usable as Scientific American publishes a hardcopy serial. Anything found at http://www.answersingenesis.org is usable for the same reasons. If you use an online source, ensure that the original posting date of the article is listed, and meets the date guidelines above.
Acts & Facts
Creation Research Society Quarterly
Origins & Design
Journal of Creation
Do not just pick the first article you find to critique! Spend time locating a number of possible articles to critique. After reviewing several, critique the article that you find most interesting and that lends itself well to a critique. Ensure that the article you choose to critique is actually “pro-” the model assigned. A “pro-evolution” article may either present positive evidence for evolution or negative evidence against creation. Both forms are “pro-evolution.”
In order to explain something you should concisely and accurately summarize the author’s major points. Do not just copy the author’s words! Summarize in your own words. As you summarize, keep the material from class discussion in mind. For example, state what “origin” is being discussed (eg, Origin of diverse kinds of life). In addition, list the evidences being presented to support the model. The summary (or explanation) should account for less than 50% of the Critical Critique paper.
In order to analyze the author’s position you should state how the evidence is being interpreted. Analyze the author’s position in a critical fashion. Critical does not necessarily mean to find fault; instead, it means to ponder the arguments presented carefully and offer insightful commentary. For example, is the author’s interpretation logically valid? is the author being consistent? Include an analysis of how the evidence presented is interpreted and what the author’s conclusion is (which may be implied). Finally, show how the interpretation supports the model.
Be sure to include appropriate concepts from class discussion concerning science and logical reasoning (philosophy of argumentation) within your critical critique.
Each critique should be no longer than two pages in length. All critical critiques must be word-processed and laser printed. Use a standard font size, margins, and double-space the text. Staple a photocopy of the article with your critique (for lengthy articles, the first pages are sufficient). Include a cover sheet with your name and the type of critique.
Critical critique papers will be graded using the following checklist:
– the critique is stapled
– a cover sheet is used
– the critique follows the page limits specified
– a copy of the article is attached
– the article satisfies date guidelines (date shown in copy)
– the article is from an appropriate source
– syntax and style of the paper
– comprehension of the paper
– the appropriateness and quality of the article chosen (deals with origins and provides evidence for a model)
– including SCI 275 concepts within the paper (eg, identifying which origin)
– the logic of your reasoning