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George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation,

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3. George Bernard Shaw wrote: " That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg is enough to make one despair of political humanity." Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?
(A) Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit
(B) Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population
(C) Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins
(D) Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share
(E) Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples' basic needs
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24 Aug 2008, 12:49
Hi,

This is a very interesting one.

I am not sure what the answer is but I would go for A. The reason is the argument is basically related to criticizing a profession. Basically I am trying to go for parallel the argument which satisfies with A.
The argument "To get more bread u try to increase the interests the baker has. For a surgeon you do so by cutting off your leg and giving surgeon more profit".

Here C,D is out of scope but it gives the hint for parallel the reasoning.

Let me know if it helps.

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24 Aug 2008, 19:53
I think E
According to Shaw, people's incentive is their own profit. E: "earn a profit by supplying others' needs"
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25 Aug 2008, 07:38
A for me ...
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25 Aug 2008, 07:56
IMO A)
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25 Aug 2008, 08:30
I choose A by using POE, but I don't have a clear explanation.
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25 Aug 2008, 15:18
A for me ...
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25 Aug 2008, 15:19
I also though A was the correct answer.

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29 Aug 2008, 21:41
I will go for B.

GBS means its fine to pay baker for your needs, but paying sergeon for cutting off legs is a sign of despair, thus criticizing professions hat make money out of people hardship.

Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?
(A) Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit (there is no mention of unnecessary in argument.)
(B) Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population (Makes sense)
(C) Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins (Price or "How" is out of scope)
(D) Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share (price again)
(E) Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples' basic needs (Does not criticize bakers)
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30 Aug 2008, 13:21
nishchals wrote:
I will go for B.

GBS means its fine to pay baker for your needs, but paying sergeon for cutting off legs is a sign of despair, thus criticizing professions hat make money out of people hardship.

Shaw's statement would best serve as an illustration in an argument criticizing which of the following?
(A) Dentists who perform unnecessary dental work in order to earn a profit (there is no mention of unnecessary in argument.)
(B) Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population (Makes sense)
(C) Grocers who raise the price of food in order to increase their profit margins (Price or "How" is out of scope)
(D) Oil companies that decrease the price of their oil in order to increase their market share (price again)
(E) Bakers and surgeons who earn a profit by supplying other peoples' basic needs (Does not criticize bakers)

GBS is saying creating interest for surgeons by cutting of our legs is a sign of loss of hope of political humanity. Isn't it clearly unnecessary for the surgeons to cut off legs just because they need to make profits .

How can you say that " Doctors who increase their profits by specializing only in diseases that affect a large percentage of the population " are doing unnecessary things? It just that their motive is to make money but definitely not unnecessary.

George Bernard Shaw put it well. “That any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg, is enough to make one despair...”1 The problem, according to Shaw, was that the profit motive and doctors' entrepreneurialism create the wrong incentives for good medical practice.
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01 Sep 2008, 01:07
What should be the OA for this one? thanks.
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