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# Most people believe that yawning is most powerfully

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Most people believe that yawning is most powerfully triggered by seeing someone else yawn. This belief about yawning is widespread not only today, but also has been commonplace in many parts of the world in the past, if we are to believe historians of popular culture. Thus, seeing someone else yawn must be the most irresistible cause of yawning.

The argument is most vulnerable to which one of the following criticisms?

(A) It attempts to support its conclusion solely by restating that conclusion in other words.
(B) It cites the evidence of historians of popular culture in direct support of a claim that lies outside their area of expertise.
(C) It makes a sweeping generalization about yawning based on evidence drawn from a limited number of atypical cases.
(D) It supports its conclusion by appealing solely to opinion in a matter that is largely factual.
(E) It takes for granted that yawns have no cause other than the one it cites.

Originally posted by Ross2018 on 15 Feb 2017, 12:06.
Last edited by carcass on 15 Feb 2017, 15:15, edited 1 time in total.
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15 Feb 2017, 12:35
Please give an explanation of the ans.
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15 Feb 2017, 15:20
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B, C and E are out of scope.

between A and D: A is wrong simply because the conclusion is not properly a restating of the argument.

D wins because just say:
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It supports its conclusion by appealing solely to opinion in a matter that is largely factual.
. In fact the key word is at the beginning of the second sentence with the word: this belief >>>>>>> factual indeed.

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16 Feb 2017, 02:07
Do "belief" and "fact" mean the same?
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16 Feb 2017, 03:13
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No.

A fact is something that we draw the conclusion from reality or from the empirical evidence.

Belief is what we think about but not necessarily true indeed
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16 Feb 2017, 04:06
A: INCORRECT. conclusion is not restated . additional information about belief in past is given.
B: out of scope. No information about historians background is given. So we don't know whether yawning is area of expertise of the historians
C: INCORRECT. widespread, commonplace...indicates evidence is not drawn from limited number of cases
D : looks fine.
E: INCORRECT. author implies that yawning is MOST powerfully triggered by... It doesn't mean it's only triggered by seeing others.

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17 Feb 2017, 06:41
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Do "belief" and "fact" mean the same?

Your query has been replied by carcass in the above post - closing this request.
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03 Jul 2017, 01:28
I got stuck A and D but it slightly seeme to b a correct cause both are exploring cause of yawning because of seeing others but wo go with the d also say it that but with that lots of factual such as common place and wide spread so we can go with d

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21 Aug 2017, 04:53
Option B :- Out of league. No concern for expertise
Option C: Past records has also been taken. Thus the cases are in good number
Option D: do weakens the argument
Option E :- Word used in "most" and not "only"

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