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Motorcyclists are told to always wear helmets when they ride

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Motorcyclists are told to always wear helmets when they ride their motorcycles. But helmets only protect riders when they have wrecks, and wrecks occur only once out of every 1,000 rides. Therefore, a motorcyclist would be perfectly safe if he wore his helmet only once out of every 1,000 rides.

Which one of the following employs a flawed argumentative strategy that is most closely parallel to the flawed argumentative strategy in this statement?


(A) My European client calls once a week, always in the evening, after everyone has left the office. I’ll be sure to get his messages if I turn on my telephone’s answering machine once a week.

(B) This sunscreen allows me to stay in the sun 15 times longer than I could without sunscreen. If I apply two coats of it, it will allow me to stay in the sun 30 times longer.

(C) The odds are 1,000 to 1 against winning the big jackpot on this slot machine. If I play the slot machine 1,000 times, I’m sure to win the big jackpot.

(D) Seat belts protect passengers in auto-mobile accidents, but accidents only occur in one out of every 2,000 car trips. Because drivers are in the car the most, they should wear their seat belts most often.

(E) Top business schools accept one out of every 20 MBA applicants. Therefore, someone who wants to get into a top business school should apply to 20 of them.

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