The Valpo Core Reader


Debby Naumann

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Argument Essay

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Experimentation occurs frequently in the lives of most people. Tasting new foods, purchasing various brands of products, and attempting new hobbies all involve a certain degree of experimentation. Yet people pursue these sample "experiments" with the understanding that sufficient knowledge of their outcomes already exists. For example, in tasting new foods or purchasing different products, individuals realize that, whether they find an appetizing or unappetizing flavor, an improved or worsened effect, they are always assured of a somewhat stable outcome. Logical "experiments" such as these are motivated by individuals' desires to seek improvements in or alternatives to their habitual lifestyles.