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11. For democracy to survive, it is imperative that the average citizen be able to develop informed opinions about important policy issues. In todayâ€™s society, this means that citizens must be able to develop informed opinions on many scientific subjects, from ecosystems to defense system. Yet, as scientific knowledge advances, the average citizen is increasingly unable to absorb enough information to develop informed opinions on many important issues.
Of the following, which one follows logically from the passage?
(A) Scientists have a duty to educate the public.
(B) The survival of democracy is threatened by the advance of scientific knowledge.
(C) Every citizen has a duty to and can become scientifically literate.
(D) The most effective democracy is one that is the most scientifically unsophisticated.
(E) Democracy will survive if there are at least some citizens who are capable of developing informed opinions on important scientific issues.
straight (B) - One of those you read, and the conclusion immediately hits you.
Survival of democracy is threatned because the average citizen is likely to struggle with these new scientific concepts, which may overwhelming. Argument says his understanding of these concepts are necessary for a thriving democracy.
A & C are out because we are not concerned about the duty of citizens whatesoever.
D is out because its too extreme.Besides we were talking about scientific advancement.I wonder whether we can assume that it is the same as scientific sophistication.
E is out because democracy may or may not survive the condition given.