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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion

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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion [#permalink] New post 06 May 2005, 06:54
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17. The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race. It takes from posterity, as well as the existing generation, and from those who dissent from the opinion even more than from those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if it is wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit: the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

Which one of the following best expresses the conclusion presented in the argument?

(A) Silencing the expression of an opinion is robbing the human race.
(B) Silencing the expression of an opinion harms those who dissent more than those who agree.
(C) Anyone who agrees with an opinion would not want to silence its expression.
(D) Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit.
(E) The greatest benefit is the opportunity of exchanging truth for error.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 May 2005, 08:17
Phew..took the steam off me :-)

I go with "C'.
(A) Silencing the expression of an opinion is robbing the human race.

Misinterpreted conclusion. This is not what the first sentence means.

(B) Silencing the expression of an opinion harms those who dissent more than those who agree.
Wrong, argument says it takes more from those who agree then dissent

(C) Anyone who agrees with an opinion would not want to silence its expression.

Yes. the terms deprieved of, holds more...inclines towards this ...

(D) Gaining a clearer perception and livelier impression of truth is a great benefit.
(E) The greatest benefit is the opportunity of exchanging truth for error.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 May 2005, 02:07
I chose D, but then understood why it could be C (or even B). D only considers part of the equation, which is the great benefit of silencing a wrong opinion. This may be true, but it does not reflect the entire conclusion.

"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it robs the human race."

So even if one agrees with an opinion, he/she would not want to silence it. However, doesn't that just tell half the story? What about those who dissent? That is why C did not grasp my attention. Indeed, the passage creates a parallel between those who agree and those who do not --the human race that will be robbed if one silences expression.

Sorry about the rambling.

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 [#permalink] New post 07 May 2005, 02:19
Intense question. I will have to go with C.
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Answer [#permalink] New post 11 May 2005, 15:45
The OA is A. I thought this answer to be too obvious to be true......
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 [#permalink] New post 12 May 2005, 11:54
What the.... >_<

lol, like you said, too easy to be true.
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