Hypothesis Feedback

About half of you (maybe more!) should be asking for Feedback Please regarding your
“My Hypothesis” posts.

(I took another look. Almost all of you should be asking for feedback on your Hypothesis posts.)

I love you. I want what’s best for you. You’re smart people and good students. I never want to suggest you’re not. But the “fallback topics” and themes you’ve written about in other classes aren’t as close to the top of the grade scale as they always have been.

Let’s take far-fetched example.

  • Forest fires raging through California, clearly fueled by environmental conditions worsened by the warming global climate, have burned a million acres of timerberland.
  • The president suggests that the cause of the devastation is the failure of the State of California to “sweep the forest floor” clear of leaves and fallen branches that “explode like matchsticks.”
  • Any sensible person who contemplates the prospect of sending crews into a million acres of forest with leaf blowers recognizes the president’s solution as the ravings of a madman.
  • But . . . what if there’s a point to this insanity?
  • What if, every mile or so (you name the distance), a broad band of woodland was clearcut and the ground kept clear, creating a line that a raging fire would not cross.
  • The condition of the forest floor for that mile (5 miles?) would be irrelevant.
  • Fires that used to rage for 5 miles and then keep going another 10, and another 10, would burn for 5 miles and then stop.

Do you see what I mean? Find your topic. Scan the prevailing opinions. Reject them. Invent a new one that doesn’t at first seem to have much merit. And then bear down on that not-obvious, non-intuitive premise to see what’s there.

About davidbdale

Inventor of and sole practitioner of 299-word Very Short Novels. www.davidbdale.wordpress.com
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