A Hike on the Beach
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Mental Hiking

Learning is a lot like hiking. At each step, it is important to have sure footing. In this online learning module, you will take a short intellectual hike—mostly through unfamiliar areas.

At each step in this hike, certain information will be presented for your study. Study carefully.

Then, you will be asked to answer a question about the information you have just studied. You cannot continue to the next step until you have “gotten your footing” on the current one.

Module Topic: Introduction to the Design Argument

Approximate Study Time: 1 hour


  1. Take your time! You can take as much time as you need to study carefully. Take a break at any step.
  2. Complete this module in a single Web session. Leave your browser open for as long as it takes to complete this module, otherwise you will have to start over.
  3. Do not use the Back or Go Back One Page button in your browser window. Otherwise, you will probably lose your way on the path and have to start over from the beginning. Only use the Next Step and Continue buttons to move from one step to the next.
  4. Use the Backpack. Click the green Backpack button at the left edge of the page to access special resources for this module.
  5. Explore side trails if you want. Whenever you see
    >>>” in the text, you can click t
    he link to take an optional side trail to study a topic in more detail. When you are done, close the side-trail window to return to the main path.
  6. Click the Next Step button to continue your learning hike.


Portions of this online learning module are based on or adapted from material origionally published elsewhere:
Howard Kahane, Logic and Philosophy, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, CA, 1969.
David A. Conway and Ronald Munson, The Elements of Reasoning, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA, 2000, Third edition.
Brooke Noel Moore and Richard Parker, Critical Thinking, Mayfield Publishing Company,
Mountain View , CA, 1995, Fourth edition.
Theodore Schick, Jr. and Lewis Vaughn, How to Think About Weird Things (Critical Thinking for a New Age),  Mayfield Publishing Company, Mountain View, CA, 1995.
Elliott Sober, Core Questions in Philosophy,  Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2005.


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