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Graphologists claim that it is possible to detect permanent [#permalink]
27 Sep 2003, 10:17
15% (02:32) correct
85% (01:33) wrong based on 21 sessions
20. Graphologists claim that it is possible to detect permanent character traits by examining people's handwriting. For example, a strong cross on the "t" is supposed to denote enthusiasm. Obviously, however, with practice and perseverance people can alter their handwriting to include this feature. So it seems that graphologists must hold that permanent character traits can be changed.
The argument against graphology proceeds by
(A) citing apparently incontestable evidence that leads to absurd consequences when conjoined with the view in question
(B) demonstrating that an apparently controversial and interesting claim is really just a platitude
(C) arguing that a particular technique of analysis can never be effective when the people analyzed know that it is being used
(D) showing that proponents of the view have no theoretical justification for the view
(E) attacking a technique by arguing that what the technique is supposed to detect can be detected quite readily without it
The argument proceeds by an example where correlation is given between two things (style of writing - effect and tarits -cause). Opponents argue what if writing style is changed, will the permanent traits also change.
Now is it not an absurd conclusion that permanent traits will change. How can something that's permanent change..!! and he acheives this by giving evidence that cannot be contested.'