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Observatory director: Some say that funding the megatelescope will benefit only the astronomers who will work with it. This dangerous point of view, applied to the work of Maxwell, Newton, or Einstein, would have stifled their research and deprived the world of beneficial applications, such as the development of radio, that followed from that research.

If the statements above are put forward as an argument in favor of development of the megatelescope, which one of the following is the strongest criticism of that argument?

(A) It appeals to the authority of experts who cannot have known all the issues involved in construction of the megatelescope.

(B) It does not identify those opposed to development of the megatelescope.

(C) It launches a personal attack on opponents of the megatelescope by accusing them of having a dangerous point of view.

(D) It does not distinguish between the economic and the intellectual sense of “benefit.”

(E) It does not show that the proposed megatelescope research is worthy of comparison with that of eminent scientists in its potential for applications.

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(d) because the point of view is based on a few examples, and none of which pertain to funding / economic
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Observatory director: Some say that funding the megatelescope will benefit only the astronomers who will work with it. This dangerous point of view, applied to the work of Maxwell, Newton, or Einstein, would have stifled their research and deprived the world of beneficial applications, such as the development of radio, that followed from that research.
If the statements above are put forward as an argument in favor of development of the megatelescope, which one of the following is the strongest criticism of that argument?
(A) It appeals to the authority of experts who cannot have known all the issues involved in construction of the megatelescope.
(B) It does not identify those opposed to development of the megatelescope.
(C) It launches a personal attack on opponents of the megatelescope by accusing them of having a dangerous point of view.
(D) It does not distinguish between the economic and the intellectual sense of “benefit.”
(E) It does not show that the proposed megatelescope research is worthy of comparison with that of eminent scientists in its potential for applications.


Going with E on this one.
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Observatory director: Some say that funding the megatelescope will benefit only the astronomers who will work with it. This dangerous point of view, applied to the work of Maxwell, Newton, or Einstein, would have stifled their research and deprived the world of beneficial applications, such as the development of radio, that followed from that research.
If the statements above are put forward as an argument in favor of development of the megatelescope, which one of the following is the strongest criticism of that argument?
(A) It appeals to the authority of experts who cannot have known all the issues involved in construction of the megatelescope.
(B) It does not identify those opposed to development of the megatelescope.
(C) It launches a personal attack on opponents of the megatelescope by accusing them of having a dangerous point of view.
(D) It does not distinguish between the economic and the intellectual sense of “benefit.”
(E) It does not show that the proposed megatelescope research is worthy of comparison with that of eminent scientists in its potential for applications.


Going with E on this one.


Yes, I agree. E should be the answer. The comparison should have any basis.
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I think E makes more sense..
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One more E.

Whats OA Vavali?
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OA is E
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can someone please go over each choice and explain the reasoning?
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E

We have to criticism the arugment in favor of development of the megatelescope

(A) It appeals to the authority of experts who cannot have known all the issues involved in construction of the megatelescope.
--> Out of scope (not discussing issues involved in construction)

(B) It does not identify those opposed to development of the megatelescope.
--> Out of scope (we dont have to identify any1)

(C) It launches a personal attack on opponents of the megatelescope by accusing them of having a dangerous point of view.
--> Not a personal attack

(D) It does not distinguish between the economic and the intellectual sense of “benefit.”
--> Not a correct comparision

(E) It does not show that the proposed megatelescope research is worthy of comparison with that of eminent scientists in its potential for applications.
--> Correct comparision
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Yes, I agree. E should be the answer. 8-)
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found the argument complex, selected E
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Some say that funding the megatelescope will benefit only the astronomers who will work with it. This dangerous point of view, applied to the work of Maxwell, Newton, or Einstein, would have stifled their research and deprived the world of beneficial applications, such as the development of radio, that followed from that research.
If the statements above are put forward as an argument in favor of development of the megatelescope, which one of the following is the strongest criticism of that argument?
Can someone explain Why E?
I went for D - radio is a beneficial application, which is economic. So as it (argument for building something) cannot differentiate between what the benefit is, why should it be supported? Also, the argument starts with saying "funding the megatelescope will benefit only the astronomers who will work with it" - so this may mean some kind of benefit restricted to them ONLY. D attacks that saying it cannot describe any particular benefit from it - for instance if it demonstrate an economic benefit why would it be ignored?
(D) It does not distinguish between the economic and the intellectual sense of “benefit.”
(E) It does not show that the proposed megatelescope research is worthy of comparison with that of eminent scientists in its potential for applications. (The example of scientists is given as parallel examples of research tied to development of radio - and we don't know what the application of the research may have been - all we know is that the research from these had economic benefits)
Would appreciate any thoughts on this!
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Some say that funding the megatelescope will benefit only the astronomers who will work with it. This dangerous point of view, applied to the work of Maxwell, Newton, or Einstein, would have stifled their research and deprived the world of beneficial applications, such as the development of radio, that followed from that research.
If the statements above are put forward as an argument in favor of development of the megatelescope, which one of the following is the strongest criticism of that argument?
Can someone explain Why E?
I went for D - radio is a beneficial application, which is economic. So as it (argument for building something) cannot differentiate between what the benefit is, why should it be supported? Also, the argument starts with saying "funding the megatelescope will benefit only the astronomers who will work with it" - so this may mean some kind of benefit restricted to them ONLY. D attacks that saying it cannot describe any particular benefit from it - for instance if it demonstrate an economic benefit why would it be ignored?
(D) It does not distinguish between the economic and the intellectual sense of “benefit.”
(E) It does not show that the proposed megatelescope research is worthy of comparison with that of eminent scientists in its potential for applications. (The example of scientists is given as parallel examples of research tied to development of radio - and we don't know what the application of the research may have been - all we know is that the research from these had economic benefits)
Would appreciate any thoughts on this!


well, B,C,D are out of scope. A refers to a different flaw. E is left.
this type of question often appears in gmat prep, but I forgot the identity of the type of this question.
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hello, which type of this question should I call?
Weaken, assumption, or a flaw?
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hello, which type of this question should I call?
Weaken, assumption, or a flaw?

I'd say this most closely resembles a flaw question; then again, I don't believe that properly identifying question types is the key to success (refer to section called "The real reason why you’re missing CR questions" in the Ultimate CR Guide for Beginners).

Also, this is an LSAT question, so if the question type is tricky to pin down, I wouldn't worry too much.
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hello, which type of this question should I call?
Weaken, assumption, or a flaw?

I'd say this most closely resembles a flaw question; then again, I don't believe that properly identifying question types is the key to success (refer to section called "The real reason why you’re missing CR questions" in the Ultimate CR Guide for Beginners).

Also, this is an LSAT question, so if the question type is tricky to pin down, I wouldn't worry too much.


Thanks, now I know this is an LSAT question.
Also, I understand that you need to get the actual message from the argument in a critical way. Nevertheless, since there are too many details, we need a system or a method to attack the argument.
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Observatory director: Some say that funding the megatelescope will benefit only the astronomers who will work with it. This dangerous point of view, applied to the work of Maxwell, Newton, or Einstein, would have stifled their research and deprived the world of beneficial applications, such as the development of radio, that followed from that research.

If the statements above are put forward as an argument in favor of development of the megatelescope, which one of the following is the strongest criticism of that argument?

(A) It appeals to the authority of experts who cannot have known all the issues involved in construction of the megatelescope.

(B) It does not identify those opposed to development of the megatelescope.

(C) It launches a personal attack on opponents of the megatelescope by accusing them of having a dangerous point of view.

(D) It does not distinguish between the economic and the intellectual sense of “benefit.”

(E) It does not show that the proposed megatelescope research is worthy of comparison with that of eminent scientists in its potential for applications.

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This is a weirdly worded flaw question. (They generally aren't worded this way anymore.) The core is:

if we had applied the argument that funding only benefits the astronomers who work with it to famous physicists, it would have deprived the world of their beneficial research

-->the megatelescope should be funded/developed and people who say otherwise are wrong

What's a flaw in this argument? One is that we aren't given any reason to think that this project is comparable to the greatest physics projects ever.

An analogy: People who tell me that I can't be a world champion cyclist are wrong because people said the same thing to Lance Armstrong, and if he had listened, he wouldn't have won 100 Tour de Frances. The problem with that argument? Maybe I'm not as talented as Lance Armstrong (shocking, I know).

(E) is saying something like this.
(A) is incorrect because the argument isn't appealing to the authority of experts.
(B) is incorrect because it need not identify who holds the opinion. We're told what the opinion is.
(C) is incorrect because there is no personal attack.
(D) is incorrect because the argument doesn't deal with different understandings of "benefit." Stick to the core.
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