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2 questions) Some people have been promoting a new herbal [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2005, 21:00
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Some people have been promoting a new herbal mixture as a remedy for the common cold. The mixture contains, among other things, extracts of the plants purple cone-flower and goldenseal. A cold sufferer, skeptical of the claim that the mixture is an effective cold remedy, argued, “Suppose that the mixture were an effective cold remedy. Since most people with colds wish to recover quickly, it follows that almost everybody with a cold would be using it. Therefore, since there are many people who have colds but do not use the mixture, it is obviously not effective.â€
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2005, 01:20
D and A
conclusion: many people don't use the mixture, so it's not effective.

assumption: everybody knows that the mixture exists.

If you negate the assumption, the reason why people don't use the mixture could be that they don't know the product.

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A) finding a claim to be false on the grounds that it would, if true, have consequences that are false

the claim is: this product is effective.
In the rationale of the cold sufferer, if the claim is true, consequences will be: everyone will use the mixture. These consequences are false ("there are many people who have colds but do not use the mixture")
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2005, 10:14
C,A

thearch, we need to find all assumptions in the first and leave the one that is not an assumption (see EXCEPT in the end).....also I think "B" is part of the assumption. If ppl are not using it becose of side effects, then u can't say that drug is not effective, it is just that ppl don't want to use it becose it may be effective yet it has other unrelated side effects.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2005, 10:29
Folaa3 wrote:
D and A


did u notice "EXCEPT" in the end of # 1....we are supposed to find the ans which is not part of the assumptions reqd.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2005, 10:41
banerjeea_98 wrote:
Folaa3 wrote:
D and A


did u notice "EXCEPT" in the end of # 1....we are supposed to find the ans which is not part of the assumptions reqd.


:cry: This is why I don’t trust myself…silly mistakes in reading a simple question. Oh silly me. Thanks Banerjeera.
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2005, 16:37
C for the first one.
Have to go against the popular answer for the second one.
I will go with 'D' for the second one
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 [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2005, 17:24
jpv wrote:
(E) and (A) for me.


for the first one....if "E" is not part of the assumption then how can u say that a drug is not-effective when ppl are using something else as a remedy, if u don't use it then u don't know if it is effective or not.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2005, 02:15
yes banerjeea, I'm totally wrong on this one.
I think that for question 1 C could be the answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2005, 05:54
Hi,

OA is C, A.

Now need somebody explain the second question. thanks :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2005, 11:59
banerjeea_98 wrote:
jpv wrote:
(E) and (A) for me.


for the first one....if "E" is not part of the assumption then how can u say that a drug is not-effective when ppl are using something else as a remedy, if u don't use it then u don't know if it is effective or not.


After re-reading (C) makes sense. Thanks Banerjee.
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