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Science writer: Scientists’ astounding success rate with research prob

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Science writer: Scientists’ astounding success rate with research problems they have been called upon to solve causes the public to believe falsely that science can solve any problem. In fact, the problems scientists are called upon to solve are typically selected by scientists themselves. When the problems are instead selected by politicians or business leaders, their formulation is nevertheless guided by scientists in such a way as to make scientific solutions feasible. Scientists are almost never asked to solve problems that are not subject to such formulation.

The science writer’s statements, if true, most strongly support which one of the following?

(A) If a problem can be formulated in such a way as to make a scientific solution feasible, scientists will usually be called upon to solve that problem.
(B) Any problem a scientist can solve can be formulated in such a way as to make a scientific solution feasible.
(C) Scientists would probably have a lower success rate with research problems if their grounds for selecting such problems were less narrow.
(D) Most of the problems scientists are called upon to solve are problems that politicians and business leaders want solved, but whose formulation the scientists have helped to guide.
(E) The only reason for the astounding success rate of science is that the problems scientists are called upon to solve are usually selected by the scientists themselves.

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New post 17 Mar 2019, 23:31
Hi, can you kindly help me decode what exactly question is saying and also what makes (c) a right choice
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C it is.Simplifing the argument(as Ron purewal might say)helped me

The argument in simple : Scientists select their own problem.Hence success.The problems politicians select are also made by scientists(i dint know what formulation meant.Hence i went with this meaning).Scientists are never asked problems whose solution they do not know.

A- criteria to call scientists= not discussed
B- problems scientists can solve=again not discussed
C-if politicians had a narrow scope where formulations are not known then scientists might be in trouble = hold
D- like A,what are the problems that scientists are called for = irrelevant
E- we do not know if it is the only reason.Say for ex the panel evaluating the problems could be biased.This,thus,is way over board.

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daagh mikemcgarry. Please share detailed solution

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