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One form of reasoning holds that by eliminating all possible [#permalink]
06 Apr 2004, 12:43
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One form of reasoning holds that by eliminating all possible explanations until only one remains, that one should be accepted. Critics argue that the flaw in this form of reasoning is that one cannot know about all possible explanations.
Which of the following examples best supports this criticism?
a) the possible causes of heart disease
b) the possible results of rolling dice
c) the possible family members who left the house unlocked
d) the possible candidates running for mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
e) the possible countries with nuclear weapons
This is a very general type of question and by POE, I am down to A and E.
One can argue that there might be other countries that may be secretly having Nuclear Weapons (WMD's Like IRAQ )....and at the same time there might be some reason undetected by DOCTORS that might lead to heart disease...
Given that argument is talking about cause and effect kind of relationship, I will go for A...
B) We know the Possible results of rolling Dice....
C)The possible member is ONE of the Family members.
D) We may know that
It is impossible to determine the intentions of the country. Whereas the all possible causes of hart attack can be know because heart does not have a mind of its own and scientists will eventually find all of them.
Then Again A could be right because of cause and effect relationship.