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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
(E) concludes that a shortcoming is fatal, having produced evidence only of the existence of that shortcoming
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03 Jun 2010, 10:23
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I am confused b/w D and E. What's the OA?
Premise 1: A generalisation
Premise 3: Change of goal 1 to goal 2
Premise 4: Conclusion

I am not able to link why the space station should not be built with the premise 1, as there is no reference of it in the argument. In E, for the second part, I think Premise 3 represents the evidence, but I am not clear what the first part of E says: concludes that a shortcoming is fatal

Can you explain this part of E?
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05 Jun 2010, 09:59
Is the OA (D)?

I will explain the reasoning if its correct.
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06 Jun 2010, 03:13
What is the OA ??

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08 Apr 2014, 09:54
noboru wrote:
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
(E) concludes that a shortcoming is fatal, having produced evidence only of the existence of that shortcoming

IMO B,
A) Nowhere do we see any indications of proponents of the claim being attacked. The proponents of "goal change" are criticized but not those who have stated "the proper way to plan is ..."

B) It is a classic case of a self fulfilling Propecy.

C) Not relevant

D) NA

E) The question is not whether it is fatal or not; he is arguing against the legitimacy of the shuttle based on his argument. The root cause is his assumption that the best way of doing something is what he has originaly believed.
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08 Apr 2014, 14:17
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I remember doing this question long back.
This is a LSAT question. OA was E.

Explanations in LSAT logic game style. Not very related to GMAT.

http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-critica ... -60-a.html
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