Describes a potential explanation Uses data collected as evidence Acknowledges any other explanations that fit the data Describes how you modified your original explanation
The true test of an argument is whether it is backed up by the evidence. This is what I mean when I say your arguments and models must “fit the world”. Example: One could argue that we do not find road killed mountain lions because they are elusive, but that isn’t how the world works (based on the fact that dead mountain lions show up in the West and Florida)
1/3 of reports to DEC are of black mountain lions, yet not a single museum sample of one exists How do we use this data as evidence in our argument?
There is no need to spend any time arguing that they COULD exist What if someone’s argument was that they are a different species. Doesn’t that fit?