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# X: When a rare but serious industrial accident occurs,

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X: When a rare but serious industrial accident occurs, people respond by believing that such accidents are becoming more frequent. This belief is irrational. After all, being dealt four aces in a hand of porker, a rare event, hardly increases one’s chances of being dealt four aces in a future hand.

Y: To the contrary, the belief is rational because it results in people’s sensing a danger to themselves not previously sensed and taking precautionary actions to prevent similar accidents in the future.

Y’s attempt to counter X’s claim is best described by which of the following?

A) It questions the aptness of the analogy drawn by X.

B) It makes apparent X’s failure to consider how people vary in their responses to a serious accident.

C) It shifts the basis for judging rationality to considerations of utility.

D) It offers an alternative explanation of why people form incorrect beliefs.

E) It challenges X’s assumption that the occurrence of a single event is sufficient to change a belief.
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26 Jan 2008, 17:50
D for me.

OA ?
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26 Jan 2008, 21:04
A) It questions the aptness of the analogy drawn by X. (it goes more than questioning the aptness of analogy because it clearly points to future actions taken by people – eliminate it)

B) It makes apparent X’s failure to consider how people vary in their responses to a serious accident. (Hold it)

C) It shifts the basis for judging rationality to considerations of utility. (It is not utility – eliminate it)

D) It offers an alternative explanation of why people form incorrect beliefs. (This is not about incorrect beliefs – eliminate it)

E) It challenges X’s assumption that the occurrence of a single event is sufficient to change a belief. (Eliminate it)

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27 Jan 2008, 04:20
E..OA plzz
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28 Jan 2008, 13:32
C

X: When a rare but serious industrial accident occurs, people respond by believing that such accidents are becoming more frequent. This belief is irrational. After all, being dealt four aces in a hand of porker, a rare event, hardly increases one’s chances of being dealt four aces in a future hand.

Y: To the contrary, the belief is rational because it results in people’s sensing a danger to themselves not previously sensed and taking precautionary actions to prevent similar accidents in the future.

Y’s attempt to counter X’s claim is best described by which of the following?

A) It questions the aptness of the analogy drawn by X.
B) It makes apparent X’s failure to consider how people vary in their responses to a serious accident.
C) It shifts the basis for judging rationality to considerations of utility.
D) It offers an alternative explanation of why people form incorrect beliefs.
E) It challenges X’s assumption that the occurrence of a single event is sufficient to change a belief.
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28 Jan 2008, 14:25
B

B speaking about how ppl's repose varies which is what Y's focus is.
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28 Jan 2008, 15:09
C is incorrect. I think it is E
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28 Jan 2008, 15:39
I say C
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28 Jan 2008, 16:27
OA pls...
Re: CR - Analogy   [#permalink] 28 Jan 2008, 16:27
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