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# Sid: The sign says "Keep off the grass" Micki: I know but

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Sid: The sign says "Keep off the grass"
Micki: I know but just one person walking across the grass doesnt hurt it.
Sid: Your statement is false. If everyone believed as you do, everyone would walk across the grass, and the grass would die.

Sid's argument is questionable in that it

A) attempts to use a statement about the consequences of actions to disprove a statement about the actions themselves.
B) treats a statement about the consequences of an action as though it were instead about the consequences of everyone believing the statement
C) contradicts itself by treating a statement that the arguer does not believe as though it were a statement believed by everyone
D) discounts the fact that there may be circumstances under which hurting the grass is justified
E) attempts to undermine a statement by calling into question the character of the person making the statement.
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29 Jun 2005, 05:04
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29 Jun 2005, 05:58
go for B..........
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29 Jun 2005, 06:43
This CR is a toughie. I will go with B.

Folaa, E is completely wrong, because, Sid is not making a statement that questions Micki's character.

Here is how I approached the CR

When Micki said that the grass won't get die when one person walks on it.. Sid responds by saying that if everyone thinks on those lines.. the grass will die. Only choice B, comes close to nailing the flaw in the argument.
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29 Jun 2005, 07:54
Darth, You took the words right out of my mouth. B it is.
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29 Jun 2005, 08:22
'B'
C, D& E are out.
Bteween A&B, only B is closer to 'evryone believing in the stmt' theory.
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29 Jun 2005, 11:55
I would also go with B.
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30 Jun 2005, 19:51
Am I the only person who feels that A is the right answer ?

clearly, sid tries to circumvent a rule by virtue of judging the consequence of the action. I think A sums this.

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01 Jul 2005, 09:05
b for me

the only options that are valid are A&B...

A seems to say nothing

though on exam day, under time pressure I would have pckd A
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02 Jul 2005, 15:27
The OA is B. Parsing the AC's was really really hard for me. I went with AC A.
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03 Jul 2005, 19:59
HowManyToGo : i am with you on A, but B seems to be the OA. does anyone have a clearer explanation this one was tough .
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05 Jul 2005, 04:17
Could someone try to parse (dumb down) AC A please.

Here is what A says:

attempts to use a statement about the consequences of actions to disprove a statement about the actions themselves

Statement about the consequences of actions = one person walking across the grass doesnt hurt it ---Call this X

What is the statement (as per answer choice A) that represents "the actions themselves"....Is it "keep off the grass" ---> Call this Y

So is AC "A" saying in a dumbed down manner that Sid is using X to disprove Y?

Is that what AC A is saying? If not what exactly is AC A alluding to? For those of you who picked AC B please tell us what AC A is trying to say.
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05 Jul 2005, 06:53
B is correct.

It is abviously bet A and B. In sum here is the flaw in Sid's argument.

Micki says : grass will not be hurt by one person (action). (this statement is true). However, Sid completely ignores the statement (altho he says that the Micki's statement is false), he doesn't attempt to disprove that grass will not be hurt by one person. Instead he says that if everyone thinks the same way, the grass will be destroyed (consequences of the action). Therefore, B is correct. Sid doesn't prove Micki's statement false, but confuses Micki's statement by talking abt what happens if everyone beleives in Micki's statement.

Sid is not trying to use Micki's statement (consequences of actions) to disaprove statement abt actions themselves (which statement r we talkinb abt here ? ) . A is wrong.
05 Jul 2005, 06:53
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