Controversial Study of The Octopus Article Discussion

First, you must read the following recent journal article on the octopus. octopus research.pdf

You may also like to look at a review of the previous article to put the information in perspective. Link (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

The discussion of this paper needs to focus on the following items and keep in mind that you need to decide if this research is reliable and viable as an explanation. Make a decision as to whether or not you accept the outcomes and discuss this decision under the following parameters:

  1. Did the scientists use the scientific method and experimental design? Explain.
  2. How did technology influence their design?
  3. What type of reasoning played a part in their ultimate conclusions: was it inductive, deductive, a combination of both?
  4. What type of thought process did the scientists follow? In other words, did they follow in the tradition of the Greeks, the Romans, Copernicus, or Galileo? Or was their background more influenced by Popper?

in the paper: make sure of the following


ClaimThe text introduces a clear, arguable claim that can be supported by reasons and evidence.

Text contains a compelling claim that is clearly arguable and takes a purposeful position and relates directly to the experimental design.


This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEvidenceThe text provides sufficient data and evidence to back up the claim as well as a conclusion that supports the argument.

Excellent supporting evidence AND concrete details directly related to claim.


This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysisThe text uses words, phrases and clauses to link the major sections of the text, creates cohesion, and clarifies the relationships between the claim and evidence.

Clear focus and unity of analysis. Direct comparison of outcomes and explains relationships between the claim and evidence.


This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReasoningGives scientific and supportable reasons to claim.

Use of correct science principles WITH extra relevant information.


This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStyleThe text presents a formal objective tone that demonstrates proper grammar, spelling, usage, and mechanics appropriate to science.

Engaging and formal tone. Use of scientific vocabulary, no repetition of ideas, proper grammar and spelling.


This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAudienceThe text anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns about the claim. The text addresses the specific audience’s needs and presents an appropriate register

All requirements met and consistently refers to the claim while addressing concerns of audience.


CitationsEvidence is correctly cited and the Works Cited is correctly formatted in APA.

Number of citations met and formatted properly