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8.1 Balanced argument

In many instances, we are not just concerned with arguing a particular case or taking a particular point of view, we are interested in looking at all sides of an issue and producing a balanced argument. This can be helpful in drawing conclusions on an issue.

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(Reproduced from Woman, October 2000)
Figure 4: Caffeine arguments

Activity 22

Look at Figure 4 and read the image description available at the link below the image. Based on the information provided in the description (i.e. the headings used in the article), make a note of what strikes you about this article. How helpful do you think this article would be to someone who wanted to decide whether or not they should cut out caffeine?


The article presents both good and bad information about caffeine, which might be helpful to someone trying to decide what to do about his or her caffeine intake.