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# logic (decision makers)

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15 Jul 2004, 01:52
Decision makers tend to have distinctive styles. One such style is for the decision maker to seek the widest possible input from advisers and to explore alternatives while making up his or her mind. In fact, decision mak-ers of this sort will often argue vigorously for a particular idea, emphasizing its strong points and downplaying its weaknesses, not because they actually believe in the idea but because they want to see if their real reserva-tions about it are idiosyncratic or are held independently by their advisers.

Which one of the following is most strongly supported by the statement above?

(A) If certain decision makers’ statements are quoted accurately and at length, the content of the quote could nonetheless be greatly at variance with the decision eventually make.
(B) Certain decision makers do not know which ideas they do not really believe in until after they have pre-sented a variety of ideas to their advisers
(C) If certain decision makers dismiss an idea out of hand, it must be because its weaknesses are more pro-nounced than any strong points it may have.
(D) Certain decision makers proceed in a way that makes it likely that they will frequently decide in favor of ideas in which they do not believe.
(E) If certain decision makers’ advisers know the actual beliefs of those they advise, those advisers will give better advice than they would if they did not know those beliefs.
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15 Jul 2004, 02:11
A
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15 Jul 2004, 05:17
B&E -->B
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15 Jul 2004, 05:27
B here too.
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15 Jul 2004, 06:35
Between B & E, the closest.............would pick B!!
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15 Jul 2004, 07:09
I think it is D

The argument says "In fact, decision mak-ers of this sort will often argue vigorously for a particular idea, emphasizing its strong points and downplaying its weaknesses, not because they actually believe in the idea but because they want to see if their real reserva-tions about it are idiosyncratic or are held independently by their advisers

The above underlined statements support D
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15 Jul 2004, 07:10
I think it is D

The argument says "In fact, decision mak-ers of this sort will often argue vigorously for a particular idea, emphasizing its strong points and downplaying its weaknesses, not because they actually believe in the idea but because they want to see if their real reserva-tions about it are idiosyncratic or are held independently by their advisers

The above underlined statements support D
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15 Jul 2004, 07:36
Just to be sure, Is there a typo in (B).

Because as (B) stands, it says "decision makers" present ideas to advisers. (Which cannot be the case, it is the advisers who present ideas to decision makers, and if this is the case (B) is best)

Else I think (E) is best.
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15 Jul 2004, 08:04
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15 Jul 2004, 08:26
stolyar wrote:

I am shocked..

Could anyone defent the official answer?
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15 Jul 2004, 08:38
Only A can be deduced from the argument

The argument states that decision makers often argue for a particular idea just to see what their advisors think. We can therefore expect that the final decision CAN BE different from the decision maker's initial statement

B does not follow from the passage. A decision maker can present advisors some ideas that the decision maker himself does not believe in. Why can't he? He can do it just to see what the advisors will advise

D is wrong. The passage does not make any connection between what a decision maker believes in and what he eventually decides (this is true for B as well)
15 Jul 2004, 08:38
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