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# Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer

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Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

The editor’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

A.does not account for the fact that the problem may have been caused by unavoidable issues rather than carelessness.
B. tries to address the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the problem.
C. does not fully consider the scope of the problem.
D. does not consider a scenario in which the suggestion could further compound the problem at hand.
E. suggests a solution that is irrelevant to the problem.

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09 Sep 2018, 04:53
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Cbirole wrote:
Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

The editor’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

A.does not account for the fact that the problem may have been caused by unavoidable issues rather than carelessness.
B. tries to address the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the problem.
C. does not fully consider the scope of the problem.
D. does not consider a scenario in which the suggestion could further compound the problem at hand.
E. suggests a solution that is irrelevant to the problem.

Argument ->
Problem: Editors find it difficult to publish the latest works of writers because the works are not dated.
Solution: Writers should provide dates, and mention which previous version of the manuscripts this script replaces.

One possible flaw: Even if the writer provides the date, the editor could not be 100% sure, if it were the latest script. It could be a case that there were 3 scripts, namely, A, B and C (in chronological order), and only two (A and B) were found with date and previous version information. According to this argument, the editor would incorrectly deduce that B is the latest script.

Options:
A. Out of scope/irrelevant
B. no symptoms, out of scope/irrelevant
C. yes, missed out on one situation.
D. yes, did not consider a scenario, keep for further deliberation
E. The solution is certainly relevant. Incorrect

Now, between C and D, D mentions that it further aggravates the problem, for which we have no basis in the the argument. Hence, C.

Please correct me if my understanding is incorrect.
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09 Sep 2018, 05:00
thinkTheta wrote:
Cbirole wrote:
Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

The editor’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

A.does not account for the fact that the problem may have been caused by unavoidable issues rather than carelessness.
B. tries to address the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the problem.
C. does not fully consider the scope of the problem.
D. does not consider a scenario in which the suggestion could further compound the problem at hand.
E. suggests a solution that is irrelevant to the problem.

Argument ->
Problem: Editors find it difficult to publish the latest works of writers because the works are not dated.
Solution: Writers should provide dates, and mention which previous version of the manuscripts this script replaces.

One possible flaw: Even if the writer provides the date, the editor could not be 100% sure, if it were the latest script. It could be a case that there were 3 scripts, namely, A, B and C (in chronological order), and only two (A and B) were found with date and previous version information. According to this argument, the editor would incorrectly deduce that B is the latest script.

Options:
A. Out of scope/irrelevant
B. no symptoms, out of scope/irrelevant
C. yes, missed out on one situation.
D. yes, did not consider a scenario, keep for further deliberation
E. The solution is certainly relevant. Incorrect

Now, between C and D, D mentions that it further aggravates the problem, for which we have no basis in the the argument. Hence, C.

Please correct me if my understanding is incorrect.

That's really great explanation and exact deduction of argument I was looking for
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09 Sep 2018, 11:29
thinkTheta wrote:
Cbirole wrote:
Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

The editor’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

A.does not account for the fact that the problem may have been caused by unavoidable issues rather than carelessness.
B. tries to address the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the problem.
C. does not fully consider the scope of the problem.
D. does not consider a scenario in which the suggestion could further compound the problem at hand.
E. suggests a solution that is irrelevant to the problem.

Argument ->
Problem: Editors find it difficult to publish the latest works of writers because the works are not dated.
Solution: Writers should provide dates, and mention which previous version of the manuscripts this script replaces.

One possible flaw: Even if the writer provides the date, the editor could not be 100% sure, if it were the latest script. It could be a case that there were 3 scripts, namely, A, B and C (in chronological order), and only two (A and B) were found with date and previous version information. According to this argument, the editor would incorrectly deduce that B is the latest script.

Options:
A. Out of scope/irrelevant
B. no symptoms, out of scope/irrelevant
C. yes, missed out on one situation.
D. yes, did not consider a scenario, keep for further deliberation
E. The solution is certainly relevant. Incorrect

Now, between C and D, D mentions that it further aggravates the problem, for which we have no basis in the the argument. Hence, C.

Please correct me if my understanding is incorrect.

But the question stimulus specifically say's that "but also specify which previous version the new script replaces", So there is a way for writers to know which work is the latest version. Problem arises when the writer finds himself/herself in a situation where there is no way to conclude that the which version is latest. Which option D inferes.

Please correct me if i am wrong
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09 Sep 2018, 21:27
thinkTheta wrote:
Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

Argument ->
Problem: Editors find it difficult to publish the latest works of writers because the works are not dated.
Solution: Writers should provide dates, and mention which previous version of the manuscripts this script replaces.

One possible flaw: Even if the writer provides the date, the editor could not be 100% sure, if it were the latest script. It could be a case that there were 3 scripts, namely, A, B and C (in chronological order), and only two (A and B) were found with date and previous version information. According to this argument, the editor would incorrectly deduce that B is the latest script.

Hi thinkTheta

I got this question wrong.
The part in red in the question argument, mentions that the author i=should mention the date and which previous version the new script replaces. I assumed that author has suggested to do this for ALL of the scripts. How did you deduce that out of A, B and C. C might be missed ?
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10 Sep 2018, 01:39
thinkTheta wrote:
Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

Argument ->
Problem: Editors find it difficult to publish the latest works of writers because the works are not dated.
Solution: Writers should provide dates, and mention which previous version of the manuscripts this script replaces.

One possible flaw: Even if the writer provides the date, the editor could not be 100% sure, if it were the latest script. It could be a case that there were 3 scripts, namely, A, B and C (in chronological order), and only two (A and B) were found with date and previous version information. According to this argument, the editor would incorrectly deduce that B is the latest script.

Hi thinkTheta

I got this question wrong.
The part in red in the question argument, mentions that the author i=should mention the date and which previous version the new script replaces. I assumed that author has suggested to do this for ALL of the scripts. How did you deduce that out of A, B and C. C might be missed ?

The red part is actually the problem. It is sort of a sweeping conclusion, i.e. one that is based on an unrepresentative sample. For instance, consider 2 chocolate brands, namely A and B, one is milk chocolate and the other is dark chocolate. Now by tasting one, you could tell which chocolate is milk and which is dark.

Next, we add one more chocolate C (either milk or dark), and now you can not conclusively tell which chocolate is milk and which is dark.

Coming back to the question, consider chocolates as manuscripts, and dates+version as flavors. If we definitely know that we have only two manuscripts, then this will work. But, if we do not know how many manuscripts are there you would not be able to definitely tell. Did this answer your question?
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10 Sep 2018, 01:41
suelahmed wrote:
thinkTheta wrote:
Cbirole wrote:
Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

The editor’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

A.does not account for the fact that the problem may have been caused by unavoidable issues rather than carelessness.
B. tries to address the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the problem.
C. does not fully consider the scope of the problem.
D. does not consider a scenario in which the suggestion could further compound the problem at hand.
E. suggests a solution that is irrelevant to the problem.

Argument ->
Problem: Editors find it difficult to publish the latest works of writers because the works are not dated.
Solution: Writers should provide dates, and mention which previous version of the manuscripts this script replaces.

One possible flaw: Even if the writer provides the date, the editor could not be 100% sure, if it were the latest script. It could be a case that there were 3 scripts, namely, A, B and C (in chronological order), and only two (A and B) were found with date and previous version information. According to this argument, the editor would incorrectly deduce that B is the latest script.

Options:
A. Out of scope/irrelevant
B. no symptoms, out of scope/irrelevant
C. yes, missed out on one situation.
D. yes, did not consider a scenario, keep for further deliberation
E. The solution is certainly relevant. Incorrect

Now, between C and D, D mentions that it further aggravates the problem, for which we have no basis in the the argument. Hence, C.

Please correct me if my understanding is incorrect.

But the question stimulus specifically say's that "but also specify which previous version the new script replaces", So there is a way for writers to know which work is the latest version. Problem arises when the writer finds himself/herself in a situation where there is no way to conclude that the which version is latest. Which option D inferes.

Please correct me if i am wrong

For instance, consider 2 chocolate brands, namely A and B, one is milk chocolate and the other is dark chocolate. Now by tasting one, you could tell which chocolate is milk and which is dark.

Next, we add one more chocolate C (either milk or dark), and now you can not conclusively tell which chocolate is milk and which is dark.

Coming back to the question, consider chocolates as manuscripts, and dates+version as flavors. If we definitely know that we have only two manuscripts, then this will work. But, if we do not know how many manuscripts are there you would not be able to definitely tell. Did this answer your question?

Regarding option D, how did that further compound the problem? He had now way before and no way now. At square one at all time.

Please counter if this doesn't seem correct.
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10 Sep 2018, 02:14
Why Option C is correct?
Since the argument specifically mentions that the writers need to give dates to the each version of the manuscripts.so if the writer gives a date to each version of the manuscripts the publishers can sort out the
the versions and published the latest one?

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10 Sep 2018, 02:18
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Srija221 wrote:
Why Option C is correct?
Since the argument specifically mentions that the writers need to give dates to the each version of the manuscripts.so if the writer gives a date to each version of the manuscripts the publishers can sort out the
the versions and published the latest one?

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Correct, you can sort all the manuscripts, only if you have all the manuscripts. In case you do not have all the manuscripts (latest one missing), you will incorrectly deduce that one among the manuscripts that you have is the latest.

Hope it is clear.

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10 Sep 2018, 02:30
Cbirole wrote:
Posthumous publication of works is often problematic since the writer is not present to attest to some facts. The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts. Consequently, it becomes difficult for the editors handling their work to ensure that the latest version of the script is published. Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

The editor’s argument is most vulnerable to the criticism that it

A.does not account for the fact that the problem may have been caused by unavoidable issues rather than carelessness.
B. tries to address the symptoms rather than the actual cause of the problem.
C. does not fully consider the scope of the problem.
D. does not consider a scenario in which the suggestion could further compound the problem at hand.
E. suggests a solution that is irrelevant to the problem.

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14 Sep 2018, 05:06
My 2 cents. 1st ever comment. Long live the Club.

I chose A. Thought the writer may have died while writing.. So lame.

OA - C appears to be correct.

Relevant Premise: The problem arises when writers forget to date the drafts of their manuscripts.

Conclusion: Therefore, to eliminate the problem, writers should not only date their scripts but also specify which previous version the new script replaces.

Scope of the problem that the conclusion completely misses: The writers FORGET.

Conclusion, to be correct, must have a solution for the strengthening the memory of the writers, so that they eventually don't forget to date the drafts.
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