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23 Oct 2017, 10:30
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hi mikemcgarry

many a time, however, I have seen such logical fallacy in place to strengthen an argument. Specifically - although not pertaining to this question - is the usage of such fallacy a legitimate way of strengthening any argument ...?

Dear gmatcracker2017,

I'm happy to respond.

Can one advance a logical fallacy as a legitimate way to strengthen an argument? On the GMAT CR, absolutely not. The GMAT is a magical world in which everything is perfectly logical, so a logical fallacy would carry no weight at all. ON the GMAT CR, nothing good can come from a logical fallacy.

That's on the GMAT. In politics and in the business world, you will at times run into people, especially people in power, who simply want to believe whatever they believe, and if an argument for what they believe needs strengthening, a logical fallacy is just as good as anything else to support it. It's sad, but the real world falls astoundingly short of the high standard of logic and intellectual rigor found on the GMAT.

Does all this make sense?
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24 Oct 2017, 07:19
mikemcgarry wrote:
gmatcracker2017 wrote:
hi mikemcgarry

many a time, however, I have seen such logical fallacy in place to strengthen an argument. Specifically - although not pertaining to this question - is the usage of such fallacy a legitimate way of strengthening any argument ...?

Dear gmatcracker2017,

I'm happy to respond.

Can one advance a logical fallacy as a legitimate way to strengthen an argument? On the GMAT CR, absolutely not. The GMAT is a magical world in which everything is perfectly logical, so a logical fallacy would carry no weight at all. ON the GMAT CR, nothing good can come from a logical fallacy.

That's on the GMAT. In politics and in the business world, you will at times run into people, especially people in power, who simply want to believe whatever they believe, and if an argument for what they believe needs strengthening, a logical fallacy is just as good as anything else to support it. It's sad, but the real world falls astoundingly short of the high standard of logic and intellectual rigor found on the GMAT.

Does all this make sense?
Mike

thanks man
great!

you have provided, I must say, an excellent explanation to the issue
it was really my privilege to put the issue under your scrutiny

thanks again
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13 Dec 2017, 04:26
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Governments have only one response to public criticism of socially necessary services: regulation of the activity of providing those services. But governments inevitably make the activity more expensive by regulating it, and that is particularly troublesome in these times of strained financial resources. However, since public criticism of child-care services has undermined all confidence in such services, and since such services are socially necessary, the government is certain to respond.

Which one of the following statements can be inferred from the passage?

(A) The quality of child care will improve.
(B) The cost of providing child-care services will increase.
(C) The government will use funding to foster advances in child care.
(D) If public criticism of policy is strongly voiced, the government is certain to respond.
(E) If child-care services are not regulated, the cost of providing child care will not increase.

Source : LSAT PrepTest 2 - October 1991 Q9

Public criticism of service --> regulation --> increased cost

Child care is publicly criticized --> there will be regulation

OKAY. So we can feel pretty confident that the correct answer is going to say something about cost.

(A) This is actually a pretty tricky answer, because the whole point of regulation is to improve the service. But we can't definitively say it'll happen.

(B) CORRECT. Yep. We know regulation leads to increased cost, and we know there will be regulation.

(C)Irrelevant

(D) We only can infer this for socially necessary services

(E) This is what we call "reversed logic". Remember if A-->B, that doesn't mean -A-->-B (the correct contrapositive would be -B-->-A, the meaning of which would be "If the cost of a service hasn't gone up, it hasn't been subjected to regulation." ).
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31 Jul 2018, 10:59

Although i got this one right within a min, I am confused with the usage of 'however' in the last sentence of the premise. i didn't understand the need to use however and also the need for the contrast

Can you put some light on this?
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Although i got this one right within a min, I am confused with the usage of 'however' in the last sentence of the premise. i didn't understand the need to use however and also the need for the contrast

Can you put some light on this?

My guess is that it would be something about cost. That although it will raise prices, it is needed because of public criticism, but they do not want raised costs. People complain, but will complain about higher prices, maybe? I agree that it is a little weird, but fairly straightforward if you understand the conclusion.
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