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18. Those influenced by modern Western science take it for granted that a genuine belief in astrology is proof of a credulous and unscientific mind. Yet, in the past, people of indisputable intellectual and scientific brilliance accepted astrology as a fact. Therefore, there is no scientific basis for rejecting astrology.

The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on which one of the following grounds?

(A) A belief can be consistent with the available evidence and accepted scientific theories at one time but not with the accepted evidence and theories of a later time.
(B) Since it is controversial whether astrology has a scientific basis, any argument that attempts to prove that it has will be specious.
(C) Although the conclusion is intended to hold in all cultures, the evidence advanced in its support is drawn only from those cultures strongly influenced by modern Western science.
(D) The implicit assumption that all practitioners of Western science believe in astrology is false.
(E) The fact that there might be legitimate nonscientific reasons for rejecting astrology has been overlooked.
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18 May 2005, 19:56
A is the answer. It refers to timeline since "in the past, people of indisputable intellectual "

B Out of scope

C. Evidence never mentions western culture

D.Strong statement and contrary to argument

E.Out of scope.
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19 May 2005, 06:19
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19 May 2005, 06:46
A seems correct...

(B) Since it is controversial whether astrology has a scientific basis, any argument that attempts to prove that it has will be specious.
... where does the passage say anything of this sort

(C) Although the conclusion is intended to hold in all cultures, the evidence advanced in its support is drawn only from those cultures strongly influenced by modern Western science.
.... what cultures influenced by modern westenr science... it is people influenced by modern
western science

(D) The implicit assumption that all practitioners of Western science believe in astrology is false.

that leaves us with A and E...

A seems more relevant than E in the present context..
hence A.
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19 May 2005, 08:12
A for me too
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19 May 2005, 08:17
One of those you never care about what the other options say.
click (A), move on.
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19 May 2005, 22:45
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24 May 2005, 06:04
The OA is A.
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24 May 2005, 14:53
yep A
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15 Oct 2016, 00:47
can someone please explain it more explicitly? I just don't understand what is A talking about.
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15 Oct 2016, 02:07
Those influenced by modern Western science take it for granted that a genuine belief in astrology is proof of a credulous and unscientific mind. Yet, in the past, people of indisputable intellectual and scientific brilliance accepted astrology as a fact. Therefore, there is no scientific basis for rejecting astrology.

The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on which one of the following grounds?

(A) A belief can be consistent with the available evidence and accepted scientific theories at one time but not with the accepted evidence and theories of a later time.

Option A captures the flaw nicely. It might be possible that in the past, indisputable intellectual and scientific brilliance accepted *astrology as a fact* because there were reasonable evidence and scientific theories to prove it at the point in time. However, "astrology as a fact* might not be accepted with the theories available at a later time.
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15 Oct 2016, 03:28
Keats wrote:
Those influenced by modern Western science take it for granted that a genuine belief in astrology is proof of a credulous and unscientific mind. Yet, in the past, people of indisputable intellectual and scientific brilliance accepted astrology as a fact. Therefore, there is no scientific basis for rejecting astrology.

The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on which one of the following grounds?

(A) A belief can be consistent with the available evidence and accepted scientific theories at one time but not with the accepted evidence and theories of a later time.

Option A captures the flaw nicely. It might be possible that in the past, indisputable intellectual and scientific brilliance accepted *astrology as a fact* because there were reasonable evidence and scientific theories to prove it at the point in time. However, "astrology as a fact* might not be accepted with the theories available at a later time.

so why in time there were evidence and at a later time there's no evidence to support astrology as a fact? what part of the stimuli is vulnerable, premise or conclusion?
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