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Psychics claim that certain events are destined to occur in [#permalink]
05 Jul 2011, 05:51
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Psychics claim that certain events are destined to occur in the future and can be predicted accurately by someone with clairvoyant abilities. For example, a psychic may predict that a certain woman is destined to meet a man while waiting at the airport and fall in love with him, only to be later betrayed by him. Obviously, however, a person about whom a prediction has been made can, with knowledge of the prediction, alter his or her behavior to prevent the predicted event from occurring. Thus, the woman in the example could avoid airports in an attempt to avoid betrayal by the man she would meet. Thus, it seems that psychics must hold that destiny can be avoided.
The bolded phrase plays which of the following roles in the argument above? A) It points out the absurd consequences that follow from the claim of the psychics combined with another observation. B) It presents the conclusion advocated by the psychics. C) It shows that no predictions will be fulfilled when the people involved are aware of the prediction. D) It presents evidence that supports the claim made by the psychics. E) It presents a general principle supporting the claim of the psychics.