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# 2 questions) Some people have been promoting a new herbal

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Some people have been promoting a new herbal mixture as a remedy for the common cold. The mixture contains, among other things, extracts of the plants purple cone-flower and goldenseal. A cold sufferer, skeptical of the claim that the mixture is an effective cold remedy, argued, â€œSuppose that the mixture were an effective cold remedy. Since most people with colds wish to recover quickly, it follows that almost everybody with a cold would be using it. Therefore, since there are many people who have colds but do not use the mixture, it is obviously not effective.â€
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12 Apr 2005, 02:20
D and A
conclusion: many people don't use the mixture, so it's not effective.

assumption: everybody knows that the mixture exists.

If you negate the assumption, the reason why people don't use the mixture could be that they don't know the product.

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A) finding a claim to be false on the grounds that it would, if true, have consequences that are false

the claim is: this product is effective.
In the rationale of the cold sufferer, if the claim is true, consequences will be: everyone will use the mixture. These consequences are false ("there are many people who have colds but do not use the mixture")
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12 Apr 2005, 11:14
C,A

thearch, we need to find all assumptions in the first and leave the one that is not an assumption (see EXCEPT in the end).....also I think "B" is part of the assumption. If ppl are not using it becose of side effects, then u can't say that drug is not effective, it is just that ppl don't want to use it becose it may be effective yet it has other unrelated side effects.
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12 Apr 2005, 11:29
Folaa3 wrote:
D and A

did u notice "EXCEPT" in the end of # 1....we are supposed to find the ans which is not part of the assumptions reqd.
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12 Apr 2005, 11:41
banerjeea_98 wrote:
Folaa3 wrote:
D and A

did u notice "EXCEPT" in the end of # 1....we are supposed to find the ans which is not part of the assumptions reqd.

This is why I donâ€™t trust myselfâ€¦silly mistakes in reading a simple question. Oh silly me. Thanks Banerjeera.
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12 Apr 2005, 17:37
C for the first one.
Have to go against the popular answer for the second one.
I will go with 'D' for the second one
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12 Apr 2005, 18:24
jpv wrote:
(E) and (A) for me.

for the first one....if "E" is not part of the assumption then how can u say that a drug is not-effective when ppl are using something else as a remedy, if u don't use it then u don't know if it is effective or not.
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13 Apr 2005, 03:15
yes banerjeea, I'm totally wrong on this one.
I think that for question 1 C could be the answer.
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13 Apr 2005, 06:54
Hi,

OA is C, A.

Now need somebody explain the second question. thanks
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13 Apr 2005, 12:59
banerjeea_98 wrote:
jpv wrote:
(E) and (A) for me.

for the first one....if "E" is not part of the assumption then how can u say that a drug is not-effective when ppl are using something else as a remedy, if u don't use it then u don't know if it is effective or not.

After re-reading (C) makes sense. Thanks Banerjee.
13 Apr 2005, 12:59
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