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Most people are indignant at the suggestion that they are not reliable

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Most people are indignant at the suggestion that they are not reliable authorities about their real wants. Such self-knowledge, however, is not the easiest kind of knowledge to acquire. Indeed, acquiring it often requires hard and even potentially risky work. To avoid such effort, people unconsciously convince themselves that they want what society says they should want.

The main point of the argument is that

(A) acquiring self-knowledge can be risky
(B) knowledge of what one really wants is not as desirable as it is usually thought to be
(C) people cannot really want what they should want
(D) people usually avoid making difficult decisions
(E) people are not necessarily reliable authorities about what they really want
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New post 16 Apr 2008, 14:30
I would say E. People don't want to do the hard work necessary to know themselves, so they are not reliable authorities on what they want.
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New post 14 Jul 2008, 07:26
i think A is much better than E, can some one please tell me why A is so dead wrong??

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i think A is much better than E, can some one please tell me why A is so dead wrong??

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In this argument the author talks about who the reliable authorities to decide real wants? The person who wants or the society?
"Most people are indignant at the suggestion that they are not reliable authorities about their real wants" - Here is pretty muc concludes that people are not the real authorities .Later in the passage he goes to describe why.

A states a consequence when people decide what they want.
E states the main point.

Originally posted by goalsnr on 14 Jul 2008, 12:37.
Last edited by goalsnr on 16 Jul 2008, 09:13, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 14 Jul 2008, 12:44
E it is.

Critical statement to notice

'people unconsciously convince themselves that they want what society says they should want'
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domleon wrote:
i think A is much better than E, can some one please tell me why A is so dead wrong??

many thanks!!!


A is a right statement but remember what is asked is the

"main point of the argument" and A is not.
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New post 04 Mar 2019, 10:00
I went with option D, can someone suggest to me why e makes a better choice over the other answer choices available.
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