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Some people have been promoting a new herbal mixture as a [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2004, 16:52
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Some people have been promoting a new herbal mixture
as a remedy for the common cold. The mixture contains,
among other things, extracts of the plants purple coneflower
and goldenseal. A cold sufferer, skeptical of the
claim that the mixture is an effective cold remedy, argued,
“Suppose that the mixture were an effective cold remedy.
Since most people with colds wish to recover quickly, it
follows that almost everybody with a cold would be using
it. Therefore, since there are many people who have colds
but do not use the mixture, it is obviously not effective.â€
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2004, 18:33
Q1)1 min & 30s --> E. The the skeptical cold sufferer assumed that If a remedy is used by most sufferer, it is effectively.
A,B,C and D surely strengthen this assumption --> E is the ans
Q2) 30s, A by POE
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Re: (LSAT) myCR - Double Trouble [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2004, 18:50
1. C. POE ~ 2 mins

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(A) Enough of the mixture is produced to provide the
required doses to almost everybody with a cold.

yep, an assumption. skeptic wants to cure the whole affected population.

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(B) The mixture does not have side effects severe enough to make many people who have colds avoid using it.

an assumption. another reason that might have stopped population from using it.

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(C) The mixture is powerful enough to prevent almost everybody who uses it from contracting any further colds.


this is not an assumption. no mention of future preventions and certainly the argument doesn't depend on that.

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(D) The mixture is widely enough known that
almost everybody with a cold is aware of it.

argues on the basis that everyone knows abt the remedy, but not using it as it is not effective

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(E) There are no effective cold remedies available that many people who have colds prefer to the mixture.

people might not be using it b/c they know of something else that can cure cold.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2004, 18:54
2. A ~ 1.5 mins

this one surely has a typo. should have been:
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finding a claim to be false on the grounds that if true it would have consequences that are false


if the claim that author is making, is true, certains that the remedy (is proved) is not effective (consequence -- getting well from cold -- is false).
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Re: (LSAT) myCR - Double Trouble [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2004, 19:03
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1. C. POE ~ 2 mins
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(E) There are no effective cold remedies available that many people who have colds prefer to the mixture.

people might not be using it b/c they know of something else that can cure cold.


Yeeahhh, dj it is C. I narrowed to C & E and picked E. I already felt something wrong in my reasoning, thanks for pointing it out.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2004, 05:08
Initially I also selected Q1 - > (C), Q2 --> (E).

But for Q1, now I am trying to convince my self, why (D) is wrong. As per (D) "The mixture is widely enough known that
almost everybody with a cold is aware of it. "

Now consider the last part of the argument.
"Suppose that the mixture were an effective cold remedy.
Since most people with colds wish to recover quickly, it
follows that almost everybody with a cold would be using
it. Therefore, since there are many people who have colds
but do not use the mixture, it is obviously not effective
"

Had (D) been the case, then the people would have known about this product and they would have used the mixture and hence the mixture would be effective, thus (D) will straight away break the argument, hence I believe (D) should NOT BE ASSUMED by the argument.

Would appreciate if someone can clear this part, if (D) is not the OA.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2004, 06:50
I also got C and A ans the answers. But it took me too long to understand these things. When the sentences are too long, my mind needs extra concentration and that takes its own sweet time.

I took 3 min and 15 sec. for answering the two questions, approx. 2"30' and 1"00'' for the first and the second questions, respectively.

Is taking 330 seconds for this set of questions Ok?
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