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If the government increases its funding for civilian [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2009, 03:00
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If the government increases its funding for civilian scientific research, private patrons and industries will believe that such research has become primarily the government’s responsibility. When they believe that research is no longer primarily their responsibility, private patrons and industries will decrease their contributions toward research. Therefore, in order to keep from depressing the overall level of funding for civilian scientific research, the government should not increase its own funding.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument relies?
(A) Governments should bear the majority of the financial burden of funding for civilian scientific research.
(B) Any increase in government funding would displace more private funding for civilian scientific research than it would provide.
(C) Private donations toward research are no longer welcomed by researchers whose work receives government funding.
(D) Civilian scientific research cannot be conducted efficiently with more than one source of funding.
(E) funding for civilian scientific research is currently at the highest possible level.


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Re: Funding CR [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2009, 03:14
I would say that the answer is 'B', because it is clearly stated that if the government increases its funding for civilian scientific research, the private patrons and industries would think that it is no longer their responsibility and would reduce their contribution.
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Re: Funding CR [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2009, 03:30
But isn't B a conclusion rather than an assumption?!

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If the government increases its funding for civilian scientific research, private patrons and industries will believe that such research has become primarily the government’s responsibility. When they believe that research is no longer primarily their responsibility, private patrons and industries will decrease their contributions toward research. Therefore, in order to keep from depressing the overall level of funding for civilian scientific research, the government should not increase its own funding.
Which one of the following is an assumption on which the argument relies?
(A) Governments should bear the majority of the financial burden of funding for civilian scientific research.
(B) Any increase in government funding would displace more private funding for civilian scientific research than it would provide.
(C) Private donations toward research are no longer welcomed by researchers whose work receives government funding.
(D) Civilian scientific research cannot be conducted efficiently with more than one source of funding.
(E) funding for civilian scientific research is currently at the highest possible level.


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Re: Funding CR [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2009, 03:41
I will also vote for B. See that last line, where author has mentioned "in order to keep from depressing the overall level of funding" . It seems that author is assuming if private patrons and industries decrease their contributions, overall funding will reduce, even if govt. increases its contribution.
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Re: Funding CR [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2009, 03:50
Another vote for B

Conclusion:
in order to keep from depressing the overall level of funding for civilian scientific research, the government should not increase its own funding.

Premises 1
If the government increases its funding for civilian scientific research, private patrons and industries will believe that such research has become primarily the government’s responsibility.

Premises 2
When they believe that research is no longer primarily their responsibility, private patrons and industries will decrease their contributions toward research.

Decrease by how much. AS per conclusion overall funding will decrease for that assumption needed is the amound decreased by private industries will be more than the increase of the government funding, as mentioned in B.
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Re: Funding CR [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2009, 06:32
B for me as well
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Re: Funding CR [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2009, 08:00
I'd go with B
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