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QOTD #18 The Georgetown Public School recommends that all its students

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The Georgetown Public School recommends that all its students take an active interest in playing chess. This is because, according to a recent medical study, those students who played chess on an average performed better in tests of general intelligence than those who did not play chess. Thus the school contends that playing chess will boost up the intelligence of its students.

Which of the following raises the most serious doubt about the conclusion above?

(A) Some students who perform well in tests of general intelligence do not play chess
(B) Intelligent students are the only ones who take an interest in playing chess
(C) A similar correlation has not been observed with regards to other sports such as baseball
(D) Some of the students who play chess perform poorly in subjects such as History
(E) There can be other ways in which a student could develop intelligence
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B. Assumption, playing chess will increase IQ. This will not hold if the relationship is actually opposite,ie only high IQ guys play chess

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choice B, causal argument. these students are already brilliant, playing chess doesn't make them brilliant

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The Georgetown Public School recommends that all its students take an active interest in playing chess. This is because, according to a recent medical study, those students who played chess on an average performed better in tests of general intelligence than those who did not play chess. Thus the school contends that playing chess will boost up the intelligence of its students.

Which of the following raises the most serious doubt about the conclusion above?

(A) Some students who perform well in tests of general intelligence do not play chess
(B) Intelligent students are the only ones who take an interest in playing chess
(C) A similar correlation has not been observed with regards to other sports such as baseball
(D) Some of the students who play chess perform poorly in subjects such as History
(E) There can be other ways in which a student could develop intelligence


Its B ..... Student that are already intelligent play chess.So they performed better in test from others.

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Hello Experts,

Isn't A also weakening the conclusion?
If some students who performed well in tests of general intelligence do not play chess, then the school's decision to ask all students to play chess in order to boost the intelligence may not be successful

Please correct me if I am wrong

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Choice B.

The cause and effect relationship is reversed.

Its not because of playing chess that the student are intelligent but because the they are intelligent, they play chess.
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