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# All social systems are based upon a division of economic roles. The va

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08 Jul 2010, 22:56
I will vote for D. What is the OA/
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22 Jul 2010, 10:12
A. The stem talks about changes is social systems that are influenced by technologies. The social systems that are shielded from tech advancements will not change... they still may change for other reasons.
B. Wrong. According to the stem, only the ones that erase a labor role.
C. Right. If values don't change, it means that technology did not eliminate economic roles, since according to the stem the values tend to change.
D. Makes sense, but still, what level of technological advance we need to make obsolete most economic roles?
E. It could be right, but it's too much of a stretch to conclude this from the stem given.
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22 Jul 2010, 16:53
I went for C.

(C) A social system whose values are not susceptible to change would not be one in which technology can eliminate economic roles. - The double negation can confuse things, but, IMO, that is exactly what question stem states. I think we can rewrite it like this, without the double negation: A social system whose values are susceptible to change would 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. - The stem clearly says that "the introduction of labor-saving technology that makes certain economic roles obsolete". Seems to me that only some roles will lost prestige. Therefore, it is still possible to have some prestigious roles even in a technologically advanced society.
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28 Jul 2010, 22:48
I am the odd one out went for A .........C also looks very good after removing negations ...just that I don't want to consider that ....

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29 Jul 2010, 21:12
I am with C as well.. Please post the OA..
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29 Jul 2010, 23:52
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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.

value 1( 100 points )
Value 2( 100 points ) ------- all Social System ( 100 )
Value 3( 100 points )
Value 4( 100 points )
ex:-
value 1( 100 points )
Value 2( 100 points ) ------- all Social System ( 70 )
Value 3( 100 points )
Value 4( 20 points ) ( introducing labor saving tech --- reduce the labor work )

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.
Since,introducing technology is one of the factors & There may be many other factor that affect the labor, we cant say this is true
(B) No type of technology will fail to undermine the values in a social system.
technology do have effect on Social system. It is wrong answer
(C) A social system whose values are not susceptible to change would not be one in which technology can eliminate economic roles.
It is mentioned that " technology may affect the social system". If social system can't be affect by any thing definitely technology can't have any control over Social system.It is correct answer
(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.Junk Answer
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06 Aug 2010, 11:02
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Please post the OA. I'm confused! I chose A. But I see different opinions!
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06 Aug 2010, 15:26
It has to be C. C basically restated the last part of the Q stem: "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."

Now look at choice C, pay attention to the buzz words: "A social system whose values are not susceptible(buzz, "undermined by") to change(buzz, "introduction of...") would not be one in which technology can eliminate(buzz, "obsolete") economic roles"

Those buzz words are the sticking points of this argument, and answer choice C is the only one that addresses both.

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11 Sep 2010, 16:33
I also got confused by the two negative connotations in C but its the right answer.
Lets take a look at C

it says
A social system whose values are not susceptible to change would not be one in which technology can eliminate economic roles

Now if you remove the negative ones it becomes
A social system whose values are susceptible to change would be one in which technology can eliminate economic roles

that's what the argument says: introduction of labor saving technology-->certain economic roles obsolete---> social system changed.

Hope this one explains the answer.
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08 Oct 2010, 08:04
I narrowed this down to C and D before going with C. I think the key thing to remember is that the passage states that "labor-saving technology that makes certain economic roles obsolete" will tend to undermine values - not ALL technology, just that particular subset of technology.

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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. Not necessarily true - the passage doesn't state that ONLY technology will change values.

(B) No type of technology will fail to undermine the values in a social system. False - the passage states that labor-saving technology will change values, not ALL technology. So there certainly can be types of technology that don't make economic roles obsolete, thereby undermining the values.

(C) A social system whose values are not susceptible to change would not be one in which technology can eliminate economic roles. Let's reword this to make it a bit more clear: "A social system whose values are not susceptible to change would be one in which technology cannot eliminate economic roles." So, in other words, if a social system's values cannot be changed, then it can't possibly be subject to those kinds of technology that would undermine it's values and thus cause change. This logically follows from the passage.

To put it into logic form, the article states A -> B, where A is "If labor-saving technology that makes certain economic roles obsolete is introduced", and B is "then it will undermine the values of the social system." C then states ~B -> ~A: "If the values of a social system cannot be undermined, then technology that makes certain economic roles obsolete cannot be introduced." This is the logical contrapositive, which is equivalent to the original statement.

(D) A technologically advanced society will place little value on the prestige associated with an economic role. Thought about this one for a while, but once again we're only given the fact that labor-saving technology will undermine the values of economic roles - not ALL technology. A society which has a lot of technology doesn't NECESSARILY have labor-saving technology, so this can't definitively be concluded.

(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. Definitely doesn't follow.
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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
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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 [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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PTK you make that too easy :D thanks!
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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
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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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26 Dec 2013, 08:24
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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put the question in the right forum

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19 Jan 2014, 02:26
OA is C.

LSAT question and not typical GMAT CR type questions which are mostly realistic as opposed to abstract.

Here is a link that will help you understand LSAT logic for this question. Hope this helps!!

http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/inde ... pic=3256.0
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