Going back to our discussion on the Q Ray bracelet, I remember my mom buying one of those to help with her arthritis pain. She claimed that her joints felt instantly better after wearing the bracelet, and she used it for several years. Q Ray claimed that their bracelets helped consumers relieve pain, restore their energy, improve muscle flexibility, and performance. These claims of course were based off of testimonials that sold the bracelet as a "super human" device. My mom believed in these claims as well, thus she purchased the bracelet.
By using the elements of thought to examine my mother's decision process in buying a Q Ray bracelet, I found a few things: my mom assumed that the Q Ray claims were true and did not look at the information and concepts that she was receiving.
As we discussed in class, the Q Ray bracelet was not backed by scientific evidence, but rather testimonials and personal experiences. These cannot be challenged by science and do not provide reputable information. My mom also did not clarify any concepts. The concept behind the bracelet was to cure ailments, but my mom did not further question this concept, nor did she think about possible problems with this claim. When clarifying your concepts, it is always important to question more about the idea and have it fully explain to you. Question whether, or not this idea is logical, or if it is hurting others. All reasoning is shaped by concepts and ideas so it is important to question their validity.