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The proper way to plan a scientific project is first to decide its goal and then to plan the best way to accomplish that goal. The United States space station project does not conform to this ideal. When the Cold War ended, the project lost its original purpose, so another purpose was quickly grafted onto the project that of conducting limited-gravity experiments, even though such experiments can be done in an alternative way. It is, therefore, abundantly clear that the space station should not be built.

The reasoning in the argument is flawed because the argument

(A) attacks the proponents of a claim rather than arguing against the claim itself.

(B) Presupposes what it sets out to prove.

(C) Faults planners for not foreseeing a certain event, when in fact that event was not foreseeable.

(D) Contains statements that lead to a self-contradiction.

(E) Concludes that a shortcoming is fatal having produced evidence only of the existence of that shortcoming.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2005, 09:01
E)...the auhor concludes that there is an alternative way. but maybe it is still the best way to build the space ship. we dont know ! we only know that there is a shortcoming.
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Could you paraphrase the line of reasoning?
I still do not make sense
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2005, 13:11
sonfbm wrote:
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Could you paraphrase the line of reasoning?
I still do not make sense
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proper way to plan a scientific project:

1. first to decide its goal
2. then to plan the best way to accomplish that goal.

evidence why the station should not be build must attack 1. and 2.

evidence the author states is that the second goal replaced the first goal. the second goal can be reached by an alternative way. thats the "shortcoming" of the plan and violates the ideal. BUT its possible that the alternative way is NOT the best way to accomplish the goal and that the space-ship-plan is better. THEN the plan would still conform the ideal.
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Got E as well
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2005, 14:08
yup E it is.
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