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The question whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is certainly imprecise, because we are not sure how different from us something might be and still count as “intelligent life.” Yet we cannot just decide to define “intelligent life” in some more precise way since it is likely that we will find and recognize intelligent life elsewhere in the universe only if we leave our definitions open to new, unimagined possibilities.

The passage, if seen as an objection to an antecedent claim, challenges that claim by:
(A) showing the claim to be irrelevant to the issue at hand
(B) citing examples that fail to fit proposed definition of “intelligent life”
(C) claiming that “intelligent life” cannot be adequately defined
(D) arguing that the claim, if acted on, would be counterproductive
(E) maintaining that the claim is not supported by the available evidence

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22 Mar 2008, 21:54
Vavali wrote:
The question whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is certainly imprecise, because we are not sure how different from us something might be and still count as “intelligent life.” Yet we cannot just decide to define “intelligent life” in some more precise way since it is likely that we will find and recognize intelligent life elsewhere in the universe only if we leave our definitions open to new, unimagined possibilities.

The passage, if seen as an objection to an antecedent claim, challenges that claim by:
(A) showing the claim to be irrelevant to the issue at hand
(B) citing examples that fail to fit proposed definition of “intelligent life”
(C) claiming that “intelligent life” cannot be adequately defined
(D) arguing that the claim, if acted on, would be counterproductive
(E) maintaining that the claim is not supported by the available evidence

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23 Mar 2008, 06:09
Why not D?

Is it not more relevant ?

....since it is likely that we will find and recognize intelligent life elsewhere in the universe only if we leave our definitions open to new, unimagined possibilities.

Does this not mean that if we did not refine our definition of "intelligent life" we could end up not finding other alien species ?
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23 Mar 2008, 21:38
neelesh wrote:
Why not D?

Is it not more relevant ?

....since it is likely that we will find and recognize intelligent life elsewhere in the universe only if we leave our definitions open to new, unimagined possibilities.

Does this not mean that if we did not refine our definition of "intelligent life" we could end up not finding other alien species ?

It means that: if NOT open definitions, then "intelligent life" NOT be found and recognized. And this conditional reasoning adds more confirmation to the claim that "we cannot just decide to define “intelligent life” in some more precise way "

JUST MY OPINION
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24 Mar 2008, 00:56
I will go for C.

Why?
Because C captures the argument in its entirety.

Why not D?
I dont think they are even talking about counter-productiveness of the argument. The statement just puts forth an arguments.
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24 Mar 2008, 08:11
I go with D.

This passage is an objection to an atecedent claim.
"Yet we cannot just decide to define “intelligent life” in some more precise way".

This leads me to believe that the atecedent claim is that we need to define "intellegent life" more precisely to determine if their is in fact intellegent life elsewhere.

In other words: We dont know exactly what intellegent life is so we cant determine if exist elsewhere. Lets define it more precisely, then we'll know if we find it.

The claim challenges this by stating: "it is likely that we will find and recognize intelligent life elsewhere in the universe only if we leave our definitions open to new, unimagined possibilities."

In other words: If we define it then we probably wont find it beacuase we will be eliminating options that are beyond our current comprehension.

So the claim is not that intellegent life cannot be "adequately defined". An adequate definition is not the problem a precise definition is. But thats besides the point, the claim is stating that if you do precisely define "intellegent life" then you probably wont find. So assigning a precise definition would be counterproductive to finding intellegent life.

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24 Mar 2008, 08:17
OA is C

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