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# People were asked in a survey how old they felt. They

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People were asked in a survey how old they felt. They replied, almost unanimously despite a great diversity of ages, with a number that was 75 percent of their real age. There is, however, a problem in understanding this sort of response. For example, suppose it meant that a 48-year-old man was claiming to feel as he felt at 36. But at age 36 he would have said he felt like a man of 27, and at 27 he would have said he felt just over 20, and so on into childhood. And surely, that 48-year-old man did not mean to suggest that he felt like a child!

Which one of the following techniques of reasoning is employed in the argument?

(A) projecting from responses collected at one time from many individuals of widely different ages to hypothetical earlier responses of a single individual at some of those ages
(B) reinterpreting what certain people actually said in the light of what would, in the circumstances, have been the most reasonable thing for them to say
(C) qualifying an overly sweeping generalization in light of a single well chosen counterexample
(D) deriving a contradiction from a pair of statements in order to prove that at least one of those statements is false
(E) analyzing an unexpected unanimity among respondents as evidence, not of a great uniformity of opinion among those respondents, but of their successful manipulation by their questioners
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01 Jul 2007, 09:07
Narrowed down to A and C.

Now,this is indeed a sweeping generalization but it goes too far by applying the same principle again and again.

So,A is much better.
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03 Jul 2007, 15:54
E it seems .

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03 Jul 2007, 20:31
Concur with A.
This the idea in the CR stem.
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04 Jul 2007, 13:52
A describe what is in the stem;
that is projecting The average of the group 75% in order to figure out the hypotetical responses of a single individual( the 37 years old man)

For E I don't quite see where is the manipulation if someone if saransh can explain...?

for the moment i stick with A
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Re: CR - Survey on how old people feel [#permalink]

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04 Jul 2007, 15:01
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People were asked in a survey how old they felt. They replied, almost unanimously despite a great diversity of ages, with a number that was 75 percent of their real age. There is, however, a problem in understanding this sort of response. For example, suppose it meant that a 48-year-old man was claiming to feel as he felt at 36. But at age 36 he would have said he felt like a man of 27, and at 27 he would have said he felt just over 20, and so on into childhood. And surely, that 48-year-old man did not mean to suggest that he felt like a child!

Which one of the following techniques of reasoning is employed in the argument?

(A) projecting from responses collected at one time from many individuals of widely different ages to hypothetical earlier responses of a single individual at some of those ages
(B) reinterpreting what certain people actually said in the light of what would, in the circumstances, have been the most reasonable thing for them to say
(C) qualifying an overly sweeping generalization in light of a single well chosen counterexample
(D) deriving a contradiction from a pair of statements in order to prove that at least one of those statements is false
(E) analyzing an unexpected unanimity among respondents as evidence, not of a great uniformity of opinion among those respondents, but of their successful manipulation by their questioners

Is it A?
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05 Jul 2007, 14:20
In my opinion E is correct on the reasoning :
The survey people are misinterpreting the information as unanimous though for the respondents it is just the most reasonable thing to say.
The author tries to bring out that reasoning by evaluating the responses and saying that it is just the way to understand the information.

By the line "There is, however, a problem in understanding this sort of response.",
the author means to say that survey people are manipulating the information to make it unanimous

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05 Jul 2007, 15:30
OA???
05 Jul 2007, 15:30
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