Claim: Any piece of information referred to as a fact should be mistrusted, since it may well be proven false in the future.Reason: Much of the information that people assume is factual actually turns out to be inaccurate.Write a response in which you dis

Essay topics: Claim: Any piece of information referred to as a fact should be mistrusted, since it may well be proven false in the future.

Reason: Much of the information that people assume is factual actually turns out to be inaccurate.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based.

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It is undoubtable fact that some pieces of information which used to be considered as absolute truth was proven inaccurate. However, should we assert that any piece of information should be mistrusted? As far as I am concerned, till information is proven fallacious it should be trusted and used. This is the way which allows us to visit the moon and built aircrafts.

The history of mankind is full of examples when facts which were considered as truth were finally refuted. For instance, the heart used to be seen as a source of people's feelings and thoughts. This belief was disproved only two hundred years ago. Moreover, alchemy used to be considered as science and many eminent artists, scientists such as Leonardo da Vinci were alchemists. They tried to create a gold and find a remedy from death. These examples serve to illustrate an idea that many of facts which used to be perceived as truth was disproved and many of our today's beliefs and facts will be turned out to be inaccurate. However, does it mean that we must mistrust to all information and doubt in any piece of our knowledge?

The answer is loud "no". Look aroud you and you will see the miracles of modern technology: cell phones, TV sets, the internet and computers. All these inventions are based on information which perhaps will be estimated your progeny as inaccurate. Thus, till facts are able to create an expected results they should be accepted as truth. Probably, history of physics may give as a good example of this idea. The theory of relativity of Albert Einstein has changed your attitude and understanding of world; many of us assume that this theory has impacted only cosmology and physics of elementary particles, in fact this theory may be used to explain any processes on our planet. In other words, the laws of Isaac Newton were proved as inaccurate. Newton's laws are limited by our planet and do not suit for explaining of movement of starts. Despite this fact, we have still learnt these the Newton's laws and widely use them. The reason is that they give enough precise results and may be easily used. For instance, a movement of a thrown ball may be explained by Einstenian theory more thoughtfully but we prefer to use Newton’s theory owing to the fact that both of them give similar results but the second theory much easier to be used. In other words, the most impotant characteristic of information is its usefulness. If a piece of information gives a reliable result it should be used even if it may be proved incorrect in the future.

In conclusion, despite the undoubtable fact that many of pieces of information which is considered as truth today will be disproved as incorrect in the future, we should not neglect information till it gives us a reliable results.

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It is undoubtable fact
It is an undoubtable fact

some pieces of information which used to be considered as absolute truth
some pieces of information which were used to be considered as absolute truth

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Sentence: Look aroud you and you will see the miracles of modern technology: cell phones, TV sets, the internet and computers.
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Sentence: Despite this fact, we have still learnt these the Newton's laws and widely use them.
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Sentence: In other words, the most impotant characteristic of information is its usefulness.
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Sentence: In conclusion, despite the undoubtable fact that many of pieces of information which is considered as truth today will be disproved as incorrect in the future, we should not neglect information till it gives us a reliable results.
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The conclusion may have issues: 'we should not neglect information till it gives us a reliable results.'

suggested:

Position: The speaker in the title statement exaggerates the uncertainty as to whether we can trust factual information.

A. It is true that what people assume to be factual may turn out to be inaccurate.

B. The process of arriving at truth is a gradual one; therefore, proving the inaccuracy of facts is not a disaster but a progress.

C. The right attitude towards facts is to accept them and at the same time remain alert to their fallibility.

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Category: Satisfactory Excellent
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The conclusion may have issues: 'we should not neglect information till it gives us a reliable results.'
This statement correctly reflects my idea. Consequently, I assume that my understanding of my way to write issue essay is not correct.
1) What is the goal of the issue essay. I used to surmise that In introduction I need to give my understanding of the issue and then prove or support may point of view.
In this case:
I accept the reason and give supportive evidences for it.
I disagree with the claim and assert that information should be trusted. Why should it be trusted? The answer is that despite the fact that it may be proven mistaken it still useful and workable.

2) I have read tens of essays and I cannot get the idea. It seems that I must stick to the issue and consistently return to it in each paragraph to demonstrate the connection of my opinion with the theme but this kind of essay is usually poorly scored(score 4).
Thank for your help.
p.s.Please, recommend me how should be written a decent essay.

Hi, you write essays very well if you don't write the essay out of topic. The problem is that you think in a way which is not exactly what the topics want you to do.

and you never think 4 out of 6 in GRE is a bad mark. The truth is: most of users (maybe over 80%) can only get 3.5 or less in actual GRE test.

For you, we think that language is not a big issue even though it is somehow 'wordy' for some essays. The big issue is that you don't write something 'ETS' wanted. You may read some books on how to get correct outlines of GRE essays and compare them to your ideas to see why there are gaps around them.

We have seen your great improvement in argument essays. So we believe you will do well in issue essays too. Be more patient. You will make it.

Hello, my reader. I write to you to get from you a piece of advice. It seems that I have a bit understood the essence of argument prompt and thus I switch my attention of issue prompts. Please give me a suggestion how to understand what ETS wants from issue essays. I want to avoid writing tens of issue prompts in pursing this goal. I hope that you with your expertize and knowledge may give a piece of advice. The question is how to understand the actual requirements of ETS?
Thank you.
Eugene.

You can do the same thing as we suggested you in argument essays, that is: 'TLPE'. It means: time, location, people and event.

for example, the topic is: 'To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities.'

suppose you don't agree with the argument, then you can analyze it from TLPE:

Time: put this at a history background, like: 'as time goes by... ', the most important characteristics of a society of major cities may change over time. for example: the big city in the 16th century may have this religion, while they changed it to another religion in the 18th century.

Location: here we can compare major cities to urban and country side.

People: people are from different cultures in major cities, like New York

Event: globalization. There are no great difference between Paris and Landon.

See, TLPE makes issue essays easy too.
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You only need to always support one side, don't need to put too much content for another side.

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