Certainty and TruthCOLLAPSE
Oftentimes, we are 100% sure something is true (we are convinced of certain conclusions). Write about a time when you felt convinced of something, but it turned out to be false (wrong). Based on the definition of valid and invalid arguments, why should we be careful when we draw conclusions we think we are sure of?
As you respond, please be sure to incorporate ideas from the textbook to support your discussion.
I grew up around the volunteer fire service and a lot of the firemen I looked up to as a child guided me through my first few years after joining the fire company. In my teens I was truly convinced that becoming a paid firefighter was going to be impossible for me without becoming involved in EMS. The vast majority of career fire departments in America require an EMT certification in order to be hired, and many of the firemen I looked up to were career Firefighter/EMT. I never enjoyed doing any type of EMS, although my father is a Paramedic, and it somewhat drew me away from pursuing a career in firefighting immediately after graduating high school because I just wanted to be a firefighter, no EMS involved. About five years ago I began testing for paid fire department job openings, many of which required EMT, and I was fully convinced that it would be impossible to find somewhere hiring employees just to fight fires. After taking ten or so fire department exams I ended up landing my current career firefighter job, with no EMS required, and it made me really reconsider what I believed to be true in this career, as what I was once 100% sure of proved to be false. I believe that we should really look into which arguments are valid and invalid, because the things we are lead to believe, even by our own doing, could really have long-term impacts on our lives.