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Which of the following most logically completes the argument??
When people engage in activities that help others ,their brain releases endorphins,
the brain’s natural opiates, which induce in people a feeling of well-being. It has
been suggested that regular release of endorphins increases people’s longevity.
And a statistic on adults who regularly engage in volunteer work helping others
shows that they live longer, on average, than adults who do not volunteer. However,
that statistic would be what we would expect even if volunteering does not
boost longevity, because .

A. in the communities studied, women were much more likely to do regular
volunteer work than men were, and women tend to live longer than men do.
B. the number of young adults who do regular volunteer work is on the increase
C. the feelings of well-being induced by endorphins can, at least for a time, mask
the symptoms of various conditions and diseases, provided the symptoms are
mild.
D. it is rare for a person to keep up a regular schedule of volunteer work throughout
his or her life.
E. Some people find that keeping a commitment to do regular volunteer work
becomes a source of stress in their lives.
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15 Aug 2009, 14:24
Ans :C

even if voluntering does not boost longevity , the stat will remain same because the results will be skewed

C. the feelings of well-being induced by endorphins can, at least for a time, mask
the symptoms of various conditions and diseases, provided the symptoms are
mild.
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15 Aug 2009, 20:35
I feel its A...
since it says that volunteering for any work is irrelevant and the longevity depends on other factors aka gender etc.
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argument says volunteering causes longevity, question is the statistic holds even if volunteering doesnot cause longevity, so some other thing must be the cause?

A. expalins the longevity in the stastics because more women and women tend to live longer. correct

B. no proof that young adults live longer(cant generalize)

C. provided the symptoms are mild, cant gurantee the symptoms can be mild always

D. doesnot explain how other longevity is boosted

E. same as D
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24 Feb 2012, 07:11
I go for C. What's the official answer?
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09 Mar 2012, 23:10
My answer is C

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12 Mar 2012, 09:41
I'll go with A..

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13 Mar 2012, 03:51
will go with A,
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A goes the best ....!!
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22 Mar 2012, 09:57
Vote for 'B'.

The argument states that the average age of adults engaged in volunteer activities is increasing because according to science helping others releases hormones that induce a feeling of well-being. These statistics would remain unchanged, i.e. the average age to volunteering adults would keep increasing, even if volunteering does not boot longevity because.....

A. in the communities studied, women were much more likely to do regular volunteer work than men were, and women tend to live longer than men do.- This is a very general statement which does not say that this trend of women volunteering would continue to rise.

B. the number of young adults who do regular volunteer work is on the increase- it supports the fact that the pool of volunteers is increasing therefore the average age in that pool would logically keep increasing, irrespective of whether women or men live longer.

C. the feelings of well-being induced by endorphins can, at least for a time, mask the symptoms of various conditions and diseases, provided the symptoms are mild. -The release of endorphin masks the symptoms but does not cure the disease, therefore cannot increase longevity.

D. it is rare for a person to keep up a regular schedule of volunteer work throughout his or her life.- Negative

E. Some people find that keeping a commitment to do regular volunteer work becomes a source of stress in their lives.- Negative
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22 Mar 2012, 10:54
Will vote for A

Logically complete the argument
P1- endorphins increases people’s longevity
Statistic conclusion
=> statistic ==> adults regularly engage in volunteer work helping others shows that they live longer, on average, than adults who do not volunteer

(Here they are assuming that Release of endorphins is caused by volunteering)

P2 - statistic would be the same even if volunteering does notboost longevity because : - there should be someother reason for longevity other then volunteering

A. in the communities studied, women were much more likely to do regular
volunteer work than men were, and women tend to live longer than men do.
->

B. the number of young adults who do regular volunteer work is on the increase
--> this will change the statistics

C. the feelings of well-being induced by endorphins can, at least for a time, mask
the symptoms of various conditions and diseases, provided the symptoms are
mild.
--> this will change the statistics

D. it is rare for a person to keep up a regular schedule of volunteer work throughout
his or her life.
--> this will change the statistics

E. Some people find that keeping a commitment to do regular volunteer work
becomes a source of stress in their lives.
--> this will change the statistics
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A Statistic on adults who regularly engage in volunteer work helping others
shows that they live longer, on average, than adults who do not volunteer. However,
that statistic would be what we would expect even if volunteering does not
boost longevity, because...

Which of the following most logically completes the argument??
The correct answer would support the statistic but challenge the cause

A. in the communities studied, women were much more likely to do regular
volunteer work than men were, and women tend to live longer than men do.
Yes.. as expresses agreement with the statistic that adults who volunteer live longer, yet challenges volunteering being the cause of this (Rather projects it as a coincidence).

B. the number of young adults who do regular volunteer work is on the increase
No. If the number of young ppl volunteering is rising, avg life span would rise but a difference between the volunteer group and non- volunteer group would then only be possible if % of young adults volunteering exceed the % not volunteering, This info is not provided. In the absence of which, it does not support the statistic

C. the feelings of well-being induced by endorphins can, at least for a time, mask
the symptoms of various conditions and diseases, provided the symptoms are
mild.
No. Volunteering would then result in masking of symptoms and reducing life span, hence does not support the statistic

D. it is rare for a person to keep up a regular schedule of volunteer work throughout
his or her life.
NO. Volunteering would have no impact on longevity, (challenges the cause) without providing a rationality for the statistic.

E. Some people find that keeping a commitment to do regular volunteer work
becomes a source of stress in their lives.
No. Volunteering would then result in stress and reducing the life span, hence does not support the statistic
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