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# All social systems are based upon a division of economic

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21. All social systems are based upon a division of economic roles. The values of a social system are embodied in the prestige accorded persons who fill various economic roles. It is therefore unsurprising that, for any social system, the introduction of labor-saving technology that makes certain economic roles obsolete will tend to undermine the values in that social system.
Which one of the following can most reasonably be concluded on the basis of the information above?
(A) Social systems will have unchanging values if they are shielded from technological advancement.
(B) No type of technology will fail to undermine the values in a social system.
(C) A social system whose values are not susceptible to change would not be one in which technology can eliminate economic roles.
(D) A technologically advanced society will place little value on the prestige associated with an economic role.
(E) A technological innovation that is implemented in a social system foreign to the one in which it was developed will tend to undermine the foreign social system.
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30 Sep 2009, 13:07
IMO C
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30 Sep 2009, 18:57
Between A and C, I would go with C.

Choice A is more extreme. It assumes that technological advancement is the only factor, which can cause changes in value in a social system.
Some other factor may cause change in values.
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04 Oct 2009, 22:15
imo - c, a good one!
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23 Oct 2009, 08:19
IMO C it is a clear cut case of conditional reasoning the use of contra positive statement
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C looks like the right one.

What is the OA?
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C appears to be better than A (a typical gmat trap)..
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28 Apr 2012, 11:48
I think this is an LSAT question. My answer is also C since changing the economic roles would alter the social values.

Technology eliminate economic roles ->Social system has unchangin values
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09 May 2012, 01:05
noboru wrote:
21. All social systems are based upon a division of economic roles. The values of a social system are embodied in the prestige accorded persons who fill various economic roles. It is therefore unsurprising that, for any social system, the introduction of labor-saving technology that makes certain economic roles obsolete will tend to undermine the values in that social system.
Which one of the following can most [square_root]reasonably be concluded on the basis of the information above?
(A) Social systems will have unchanging values if they are shielded from technological advancement.
(B) No type of technology will fail to undermine the values in a social system.
(C) A social system whose values are not susceptible to change would not be one in which technology can eliminate economic roles.
(D) A technologically advanced society will place little value on the prestige associated with an economic role.
(E) A technological innovation that is implemented in a social system foreign to the one in which it was developed will tend to undermine the foreign social system.

Can someone explain this question. How is answer C?
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05 Jul 2012, 23:00
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noboru wrote:
21. All social systems are based upon a division of economic roles. The values of a social system are embodied in the prestige accorded persons who fill various economic roles. It is therefore unsurprising that, for any social system, the introduction of labor-saving technology that makes certain economic roles obsolete will tend to undermine the values in that social system.
Which one of the following can most [square_root]reasonably be concluded on the basis of the information above?
(A) Social systems will have unchanging values if they are shielded from technological advancement.
(B) No type of technology will fail to undermine the values in a social system.
(C) A social system whose values are not susceptible to change would not be one in which technology can eliminate economic roles.
(D) A technologically advanced society will place little value on the prestige associated with an economic role.
(E) A technological innovation that is implemented in a social system foreign to the one in which it was developed will tend to undermine the foreign social system.

Can someone explain this question. How is answer C?

Here look at ans choice E. It talks about foriegn social systems. So, we are not worried about foriegn systems here and hence eliminate.
Choice D- Look at the conclusion it says technology undermines the values in the social system. Here it says place little value on prestige which is wrong.
ChoiceA- is wrong because unchanging values cannot be inferred

Therefore left with ans choice C
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09 Sep 2012, 04:55
well a majority went for C and it looks good too but i though E was more sensible(though one of the members made a comment on the foreign system )i tend to disagree as if the technological innovation for the system came from outside then it does have a capability of undermining the system as well......wasn't reallly happy with C

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09 Sep 2012, 05:26
rahultgsp wrote:
well a majority went for C and it looks good too but i though E was more sensible(though one of the members made a comment on the foreign system )i tend to disagree as if the technological innovation for the system came from outside then it does have a capability of undermining the system as well......wasn't reallly happy with C

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14 Oct 2013, 17:20
amithravindra wrote:
IMO C it is a clear cut case of conditional reasoning the use of contra positive statement

Say what? Could you elaborate on that please amithravindra?
Would be very happy to learn at least one word of what you wrote on that sentence

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28 May 2014, 14:01
OE and experts opinion on this one please!

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09 Aug 2016, 09:04
noboru wrote:
21. All social systems are based upon a division of economic roles. The values of a social system are embodied in the prestige accorded persons who fill various economic roles. It is therefore unsurprising that, for any social system, the introduction of labor-saving technology that makes certain economic roles obsolete will tend to undermine the values in that social system.
Which one of the following can most reasonably be concluded on the basis of the information above?
(A) Social systems will have unchanging values if they are shielded from technological advancement.
(B) No type of technology will fail to undermine the values in a social system.
(C) A social system whose values are not susceptible to change would not be one in which technology can eliminate economic roles.
(D) A technologically advanced society will place little value on the prestige associated with an economic role.
(E) A technological innovation that is implemented in a social system foreign to the one in which it was developed will tend to undermine the foreign social system.

Briefly:
Social systems are based on economic roles.
Economic roles carry the prestige.
Therefore the introduction of technology hurts economic roles; Hence it hurts the social system.

(A) We have to assume that only technological advancement hurts the social system. SO there is flaw in the inference
(B)Absolute claim about technology which is not in accordance with the argument. Reverse logic
(C) A social system which is not susceptible to technology will not hurt economic roles which are the foundation of social system. CORRECT
(E)Irrelevant

Therefore, clearly it is C
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