Truth in Society

February 14, 1995

Prompt #56

Deciding feasibility . . .

Between now and Thursday you will be responsible for reading another set of feasibility studies, reflecting on what you've read, and making a judgement about whether or not you think the projects are do-able or not.

It should be pretty obvious that this is an important step -- a stumble here and it will be a long slide to the end of term. We all want the decisions of the Truth in Society section next Tuesday to be informed and reasonable. This prompt attempts to help you focus your reading and thinking so that you are as informed as you can be about your judgements and that your reasons are clear to your colleagues.

You need to read your colleagues' arguments for a particular episode of believing openly and suspiciously. Since a feasibility study responds to (at least) five questions which we set out in the last two prompts, it makes some sense to assess each feasibility study you read using these five questions as criteria. To that end keep the Reporting Form close by as you read. After you've finished reading (and maybe re- reading) the feasibility studies, do your assessment on the Form. And bring it to the 8:30 Thursday meeting.

What should you read? Simple. If you were in GROUP A, then please read the GROUP B feasibility studies (on Generation X, the Rushdie Affair, Haunted Houses, the Liverpool abduction). If you were in GROUP B, then please read the GROUP C feasibility studies (on UFO Abduction, Mount Cashel, Schindlers, Jack the Ripper, Vietnam). If you were in GROUP C, then please read the GROUP A feasibility studies (on the Holocaust, The Bell Curve, Euthanasia, Serial killers, Rodney King).

What do you do if one or more of the feasibility studies on your assigned list is missing? Not your problem. We are going to be photocopying the feasibility studies that are turned in at 4:00 pm. We'll get them to you as soon as we can, please wait for the ones checked off on the board. If we don't have it, it's not your problem, nor ours. The authors have the responsibility of making sufficient copies and making sure it's readily available to you. There will be a box outside of Russ' office for emergencies, but getting the copies to the box and letting the readers/assessors know they should pick them up there is the authors' responsibility.

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