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While it was once believed that the sort of psychotherapy [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 19:39
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While it was once believed that the sort of psychotherapy appropriate for the treatment of neuroses caused by environmental factors is also appropriate for schizophrenia and other psychoses, it is now known that these latter, more serious forms of mental disturbance are best treated by biochemical- that is, medicinal means.This is conclusive evidence that psychoses, unlike neuroses, have nothing to do with environmental factors but rather are caused by some sort of purely organic condition, such as abnormal brain chemistry or brain malfunction.

1) what is the conclusion the argument, if any?
2) what premises re given in support of this conclusion?
3) Is the argument strong or weak? if u think the argument is weak, plz explain why?

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Conclusion :: This is conclusive evidence that psychoses, unlike neuroses, have nothing to do with environmental factors but rather are caused by some sort of purely organic condition, such as abnormal brain chemistry or brain malfunction.

Premise::While it was once believed that the sort of psychotherapy appropriate for the treatment of neuroses caused by environmental factors is also appropriate for schizophrenia and other psychoses, it is now known that these latter, more serious forms of mental disturbance are best treated by biochemical- that is, medicinal means.

The argument is weak...

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I was not able to draw the conclusion and premise in this ques. I marked it as just a set of fact statements therefore no validity check is required. And I am confused even till now. The word "conclusive evidence" confuses me. Conclusive evidence means a strong enough evidence to be refuted. To be exact, business dictionary states it as "Preponderant evidence that may not be disputed and must be accepted by a court as a definitive proof of a fact " Now doesn't a definite proof mean it's a premise. So the argument is a set of premises which in other words means a set of fact statements. So how can we clearly state it was the conclusion of the argument?
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Re: While it was once believed that the sort of psychotherapy [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 19:25
AbhilashaAryan wrote:
While it was once believed that the sort of psychotherapy appropriate for the treatment of neuroses caused by environmental factors is also appropriate for schizophrenia and other psychoses, it is now known that these latter, more serious forms of mental disturbance are best treated by biochemical- that is, medicinal means.This is conclusive evidence that psychoses, unlike neuroses, have nothing to do with environmental factors but rather are caused by some sort of purely organic condition, such as abnormal brain chemistry or brain malfunction.

My doubt is:-

I was not able to draw the conclusion and premise in this ques. I marked it as just a set of fact statements therefore no validity check is required. And I am confused even till now. The word "conclusive evidence" confuses me. Conclusive evidence means a strong enough evidence to be refuted. To be exact, business dictionary states it as "Preponderant evidence that may not be disputed and must be accepted by a court as a definitive proof of a fact " Now doesn't a definite proof mean it's a premise. So the argument is a set of premises which in other words means a set of fact statements. So how can we clearly state it was the conclusion of the argument?


Hi Aryan

I have a few doubt, if possible please clear the same. First of all in "This is conclusive evidence", what does "this" refer to? Does "this" refer to the premise?

If yes, then what we are talking here is "evidence", which is about the previous premise and not the conclusion. Now this evidence i.e. the premise helps us to be conclusive of "....conclusion..."

Makes sense?
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