ESP Biography

MELISSA SCHUMACHER, MIT graduate student in philosophy

Major: Philosophy

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I was born in Florida and went to high school and college in North Carolina. I double-majored in electrical engineering and philosophy, but decided to do philosophy for a living. I've always liked solving puzzles, reading and watching sci-fi, and thinking about weird things, all of which philosophers do all day (except the sci-fi part, which is optional).

Past Classes

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H6878: Logic and Critical Reasoning 101 in HSSP Spring 2013 (Mar. 02, 2013)
People try to convince each other of things all the time. But how do you know when you should be convinced? How do you tell whether an argument is good or not? In this class, you'll learn some of the basic skills needed to analyze arguments, evaluate the strength of reasons for believing something, and construct clear arguments of your own.