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Although Clancy is a well-respected neurologist, his recent critique in the American Neurology Review of Holmes's new popular book of strange but true neurological cases is unjustified. Holmes describes a number of cases of people who lose the ability to speak normally and can only communicate through song. Clancy critiques Holmes' approach as "voyeuristic" and "patronizing," but it is the same approach Holmes applied in all his previous best-selling books, and this latest book is on track to become the top seller of them all.
The argument's reasoning is most open to criticism on the grounds that it:
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Attacks Clancy's credentials without any basis.
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Assumes that if a book is popular, the author's approach must be justifiable.
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Takes for granted the unlikely proposition that there are some people who can only communicate through song..
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Attacks the character of the author rather than challenging the validity of the methods used.
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Assumes that if Holmes' approach was valid for one of his books, it must have been valid for all of his books.
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Conclusion : Clancy's critique that Holmes's approach in his new book is voyeuristic and patronizing is unjustified.
Premise : Holmes has used the same approach in his older books as that in his current book and his current book is on its way to become a top seller. ie. Book is popular.

Assumption that fills the logical gap : It is unjustified to call the approach in a popular book voyeuristic and patronizing.

Of the answer choices given I would say that B is the best option. But IMHO the same answer choice in another set of options could well be wrong. We can see such answer choices especially in RC problems where different parts of the passage are put together to confuse the reader. The argument does not talk about whether the approach used by the author is justifiable or not. It only speaks of whether the critique of the book is justifiable or not. For me a better answer choice would have been something similar to the assumption given above.

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Holmes has written many best selling books in the past on neurological cases. All these books are best sellers. He has written latest book in the same series mentions a number of cases of people who lose the ability to speak normally and can only communicate through song.

Clancy, neurologist criticizes Holmes' latest popular book that neurological cases are unjustified. She says Holmes' approach is 'Voyeuristic" and "patronizing".

We need to find the option that weakens Clancy's arguments. Now, Let's check out the options.

A)Attacks Clancy's credentials without any basis. Option is itself without any basis.
B)Assumes that if a book is popular, the author's approach must be justifiable. Yes. If this is true, Statements of Clancy are strongly weakened. It's the answer.
C)Takes for granted the unlikely proposition that there are some people who can only communicate through song. we don't know whether this is true or false.
D)Attacks the character of the author rather than challenging the validity of the methods used. This flaw of reasoning is called as 'Ad Hominem'. 'neurological cases is unjustified' can not be can not be argued by targeting the Holmes.
E)Assumes that if Holmes' approach was valid for one of his books, it must have been valid for all of his books. It seems to be true, but it is not mentioned anywhere that, approach is valid for any of the book.
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Analysis:

Holmes has written many best selling books in the past on neurological cases. All these books are best sellers. He has written latest book in the same series mentions a number of cases of people who lose the ability to speak normally and can only communicate through song.

Clancy, neurologist criticizes Holmes' latest popular book that neurological cases are unjustified. She says Holmes' approach is 'Voyeuristic" and "patronizing".

We need to find the option that weakens Clancy's arguments. Now, Let's check out the options.

A)Attacks Clancy's credentials without any basis. Option is itself without any basis.
B)Assumes that if a book is popular, the author's approach must be justifiable. Yes. If this is true, Statements of Clancy are strongly weakened. It's the answer.
C)Takes for granted the unlikely proposition that there are some people who can only communicate through song. we don't know whether this is true or false.
D)Attacks the character of the author rather than challenging the validity of the methods used. This flaw of reasoning is called as 'Ad Hominem'. 'neurological cases is unjustified' can not be can not be argued by targeting the Holmes.
E)Assumes that if Holmes' approach was valid for one of his books, it must have been valid for all of his books. It seems to be true, but it is not mentioned anywhere that, approach is valid for any of the book.


The answer is B undoubtedly , but you have identified the conclusion incorrectly. The argument doesn't say "Clancy criticizes the book saying neurological cases are unjustified" . But is saying , "Clancy's criticizing Holmes is unjustified".
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Although Clancy is a well-respected neurologist, his recent critique in the American Neurology Review of Holmes's new popular book of strange but true neurological cases is unjustified. Holmes describes a number of cases of people who lose the ability to speak normally and can only communicate through song. Clancy critiques Holmes' approach as "voyeuristic" and "patronizing," but it is the same approach Holmes applied in all his previous best-selling books, and this latest book is on track to become the top seller of them all.
The argument's reasoning is most open to criticism on the grounds that it:
Choices
A
Attacks Clancy's credentials without any basis.
B
Assumes that if a book is popular, the author's approach must be justifiable.
C
Takes for granted the unlikely proposition that there are some people who can only communicate through song..
D
Attacks the character of the author rather than challenging the validity of the methods used.
E
Assumes that if Holmes' approach was valid for one of his books, it must have been valid for all of his books.


E is a trap, avoid it

Its not ALL of his books, its only the best sellers we are talking about

B is the best choice here. It assumes that because other best sellers touched upon the same topic then it must be the case that the approach is justifiable

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Re: Grockit Test 2 CR question (Weaken) [#permalink]

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grbjha wrote:
Although Clancy is a well-respected neurologist, his recent critique in the American Neurology Review of Holmes's new popular book of strange but true neurological cases is unjustified. Holmes describes a number of cases of people who lose the ability to speak normally and can only communicate through song. Clancy critiques Holmes' approach as "voyeuristic" and "patronizing," but it is the same approach Holmes applied in all his previous best-selling books, and this latest book is on track to become the top seller of them all.
The argument's reasoning is most open to criticism on the grounds that it:
Choices
A
Attacks Clancy's credentials without any basis.
B
Assumes that if a book is popular, the author's approach must be justifiable.
C
Takes for granted the unlikely proposition that there are some people who can only communicate through song..
D
Attacks the character of the author rather than challenging the validity of the methods used.
E
Assumes that if Holmes' approach was valid for one of his books, it must have been valid for all of his books.

Good question. Key here is to correctly identify the reasoning presented by the argument.

The argument concludes that Clancy's critique of Holmes' approach used in a book is unjustified because Holmes' is a best selling author and used the same approach in many best selling books.
Clearly the assumption here is if the book is popular any approach is correct.

Ans B it is!

Also, it would be an assumption question rather than a weaken.
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Analysis:

Holmes has written many best selling books in the past on neurological cases. All these books are best sellers. He has written latest book in the same series mentions a number of cases of people who lose the ability to speak normally and can only communicate through song.

Clancy, neurologist criticizes Holmes' latest popular book that neurological cases are unjustified. She says Holmes' approach is 'Voyeuristic" and "patronizing".

We need to find the option that weakens Clancy's arguments. Now, Let's check out the options.

A)Attacks Clancy's credentials without any basis. Option is itself without any basis.
B)Assumes that if a book is popular, the author's approach must be justifiable. Yes. If this is true, Statements of Clancy are strongly weakened. It's the answer.
C)Takes for granted the unlikely proposition that there are some people who can only communicate through song. we don't know whether this is true or false.
D)Attacks the character of the author rather than challenging the validity of the methods used. This flaw of reasoning is called as 'Ad Hominem'. 'neurological cases is unjustified' can not be can not be argued by targeting the Holmes.
E)Assumes that if Holmes' approach was valid for one of his books, it must have been valid for all of his books. It seems to be true, but it is not mentioned anywhere that, approach is valid for any of the book.


Yeah Umesh seems like you have hit at the wrong spot by identifying the wrong conclusion ...Here the author is concluding that Clancy critiquing the Holme's book is unjustified ...So we need to weaken this conclusion of the author by finding the option which directly or indirectly says that this criticism by Clancy is not unjustified.....
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Although Clancy is a well-respected neurologist, his recent critique in the American Neurology Review of Holmes's new popular book of strange but true neurological cases is unjustified. Holmes describes a number of cases of people who lose the ability to speak normally and can only communicate through song. Clancy critiques Holmes' approach as "voyeuristic" and "patronizing," but it is the same approach Holmes applied in all his previous best-selling books, and this latest book is on track to become the top seller of them all.
The argument's reasoning is most open to criticism on the grounds that it:
Choices
A
Attacks Clancy's credentials without any basis...did not attack clancy's credentials
B
Assumes that if a book is popular, the author's approach must be justifiable....CORRECT.....CONNECTS CONCLUSION TO PREMISE...
C
Takes for granted the unlikely proposition that there are some people who can only communicate through song......irrelevant....
D

Attacks the character of the author rather than challenging the validity of the methods used....... CHARACTER HAS NOT BEEN CHALLENGED...
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Assumes that if Holmes' approach was valid for one of his books, it must have been valid for all of his books. ..... INCORRECT....WOULD BE OK IF IT WERE FOR HIS BEST SELLING BOOKS..
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Going with B.
In the last few lines,the argument says Holmes' approach is valid BECAUSE it has made the books bestsellers/popular.Thats not always/necessarily true.

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B is the best choice but it is still a terrible choice. The argument doesnt assume anything about whether the author's approach is justifiable or not. He thinks Clancy's criticism is unjustified...
Holmes maybe wrote all his books using methods that were highly unethical and unjustifiable, the arguments's logic would still hold. The point is that you can't criticize a method when that method has been popular; this logic has no bearing on whether those methods themselves can be justified though.

Let's say there's an animal pest control service that keeps rodent and rabbit populations in check but they use all kinds of methods that cause the animals unnecessary pain when cheaper and more humane methods exist. Someone criticizes this company by saying how twisted it is that the employees take pleasure in killing animals; me responding by pointing out how successful they have been at reducing animal populations doesn't mean their methods are justified

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