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11. Scientific research at a certain university was supported in part by an annual grant from a major foundation. When the universityâ€™s physics department embarked on weapons-related research, the foundation, which has a purely humanitarian mission, threatened to cancel its grant. The university then promised that none of the foundationâ€™s money would be used for the weapons research, whereupon the foundation withdrew its threat, concluding that the weapons research would not benefit from the foundationâ€™s grants.
Which one of the following describes a flaw in the reasoning underlying the foundationâ€™s conclusion?
(A) It overlooks the possibility that the availability of the foundationâ€™s money for humanitarian uses will allow the university to redirect other funds from humanitarian uses to weapons research.
(B) It overlooks the possibility that the physics departmentâ€™s weapons research is not the only one of the universityâ€™s research activities with other than purely humanitarian purposes.
(C) It overlooks the possibility that the university made its promise specifically in order to induce the foundation to withdraw its threat.
(D) It confuses the intention of not using a sum of money for a particular purpose with the intention of not using that sum of money at all.
(E) It assumes that if the means to achieve an objective are humanitarian in character, then the objective is also humanitarian in character.
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21 Nov 2006, 14:20
I will go for A
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21 Nov 2006, 15:13
I will also go with A on this.
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21 Nov 2006, 15:16
I will also go with A on this.

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A) It overlooks the possibility that the availability of the foundationâ€™s money for humanitarian uses will allow the university to redirect other funds from humanitarian uses to weapons research.
Makes the most sense
(B) It overlooks the possibility that the physics departmentâ€™s weapons research is not the only one of the universityâ€™s research activities with other than purely humanitarian purposes.
The argument is only about weapon's research
(C) It overlooks the possibility that the university made its promise specifically in order to induce the foundation to withdraw its threat.
Seems out of scope
(D) It confuses the intention of not using a sum of money for a particular purpose with the intention of not using that sum of money at all.
Nothing here to say that
(E) It assumes that if the means to achieve an objective are humanitarian in character, then the objective is also humanitarian in character.
Nothing here to say that
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21 Nov 2006, 19:09
A stands.
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21 Nov 2006, 19:13
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I will also go with A on this.

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A) It overlooks the possibility that the availability of the foundationâ€™s money for humanitarian uses will allow the university to redirect other funds from humanitarian uses to weapons research.
Makes the most sense
(B) It overlooks the possibility that the physics departmentâ€™s weapons research is not the only one of the universityâ€™s research activities with other than purely humanitarian purposes.
The argument is only about weapon's research
(C) It overlooks the possibility that the university made its promise specifically in order to induce the foundation to withdraw its threat.
Seems out of scope
(D) It confuses the intention of not using a sum of money for a particular purpose with the intention of not using that sum of money at all.
Nothing here to say that
(E) It assumes that if the means to achieve an objective are humanitarian in character, then the objective is also humanitarian in character.
Nothing here to say that

Without the foundation's contribution university might be investing lesser amount on Weapon's research. Spending on Weapons related research was at the discretion of the university. One more A.
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21 Nov 2006, 19:24
conclusion: Weapon's research will not benefit from the foundation's grants

A says: University can divert more funds to weapons research because the foundation's grants can be used for humanitarian purposes.

Give me A!
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23 Nov 2006, 00:54
A 2.

in fact, this is the argument that analysts used when Australia supplies nuclear technology to China, but China claimed it is only for civilian use.
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23 Nov 2006, 05:26
OA is A!
23 Nov 2006, 05:26
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