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George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation,

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Re: CR - George Bernard Shaw [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 17:14
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Its an easy A).

The key in such convoluted questions is to not get intimidated by the language - instead try to work out the logic used. G.B.Shaw [great character btw ;-) ] made the argument criticizing the causal argument made by the nation's Govt.

The nation's govt realized that if bakers have a monetary incentive of profiteering in baking bread, the nation would be well fed. G.B.Shaw criticizes this causal logic and extrapolates it in the case of surgeons who could be given a monetary incentive for cutting legs [red flag: extreme logic used, possible clue for answer]. He obviously fears that surgeons would go around cutting legs even in the cases that don't require this.

The Question asked is "Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

Now proceed to the options:
A) Says some dentists would do unnecessary dental work if given a profit incentive.
This is most parallel to "surgeons who cut legs in cases that are not required. "

B) C) D) E) talk about OT or distortions like "raising mkt share", "increasing the profit margin (as opposed to creating one in the first place) " etc. etc.
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Re: CR - George Bernard Shaw [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 18:40
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Its an easy A).

The key in such convoluted questions is to not get intimidated by the language - instead try to work out the logic used. G.B.Shaw [great character btw ;-) ] made the argument criticizing the causal argument made by the nation's Govt.

The nation's govt realized that if bakers have a monetary incentive of profiteering in baking bread, the nation would be well fed. G.B.Shaw criticizes this causal logic and extrapolates it in the case of surgeons who could be given a monetary incentive for cutting legs [red flag: extreme logic used, possible clue for answer]. He obviously fears that surgeons would go around cutting legs even in the cases that don't require this.

The Question asked is "Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?

Now proceed to the options:
A) Says some dentists would do unnecessary dental work if given a profit incentive.
This is most parallel to "surgeons who cut legs in cases that are not required. "

B) C) D) E) talk about OT or distortions like "raising mkt share", "increasing the profit margin (as opposed to creating one in the first place) " etc. etc.


Why is E incorrect ? It talks about both bakers and surgeons.
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E) Talks about "basic needs". This put me off since surgery as intended in the original premise is not a basic need.
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Re: CR - George Bernard Shaw [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2011, 16:14
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Why is not B?
The argument here is that as bread caters to all, doctors are only speacilizing in diseases that cater to all.
I am not sure how performing unnecessary surgery goes with the criticism.

Please explain


The argument states that paying service providers based on the volume of services given is a flawed system. Specifically incentives need to match outcomes. Ex. Paying a police officer based on number of people arrested per month will likely result in some innocents being jailed.

The argument really doesn't differentiate based on specialization. Dentists get paid based on services delivered so they may be incentivized to sell you unneeded procedures.

Does that make sense?
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Re: George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation, [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2012, 04:07
Doctors cutting legs to earn money. dentist removing teeth to earn money. IMO A
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Re: George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation, [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2012, 15:36
IMO A. The most parallel with the stem.

The most confusing is E which uses bakers and surgeons who are referred in the CR statement. The trap for the GMAT takers.
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Re: George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation, [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 07:36
This was a tough one!
My instinct was to go with A but I think this would be a question that I would spend a lot of time on during the exam rather than just picking something and moving on (Something I need to work on)

After looking up the meaning for Pecuniary - of or pertaining to money

(A) Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit - Criticize for performing unnecessary work for money
(B) Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population - Not necessarily unnecessary
(C) Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins - Doesn’t fit the scope of the question
(D) Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share - Doesn’t fit the scope of the question
(E) Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples’ basic needs - This is not a criticism but an explanation
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