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# Scientific research will be properly channeled whenever

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11 Feb 2007, 13:42
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Scientific research will be properly channeled whenever those who decide which research to fund give due weight to the scientific merits of all proposed research. But when government agencies control these funding decisions, political considerations play a major role in determining which research will be funded, and whenever political considerations play such a role, the inevitable result is that scientific research is not properly channeled.
Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the statements above?
(A) There is no proper role for political considerations to play in determining who will decide which scientific research to fund.
(B) It is inevitable that considerations of scientific merit will be neglected in decisions regarding the funding of scientific research.
(C) Giving political considerations a major role in determining which scientific research to fund is incompatible with giving proper weight to the scientific merits of proposed research.
(D) When scientific research is not properly channeled, governments tend to step in and take control of the process of choosing which research to fund.
(E) If a government does not control investment in basic scientific research, political consideration will inevitably be neglected in deciding which research to fund.

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11 Feb 2007, 13:44
I will go with A.

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11 Feb 2007, 14:22
Hmm. I diasgree and pick C.

The argument says that to rely on political considerations is to neglect scientific merit. C establishes the connection by stating that political consideration and scientif merit are mutually exclusive.

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11 Feb 2007, 14:31
Hmm. I diasgree and pick C.

The argument says that to rely on political considerations is to neglect scientific merit. C establishes the connection by stating that political consideration and scientif merit are mutually exclusive.

I agree. I change to C.

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11 Feb 2007, 17:36
C.
The argument says that if govt decides funding politics will inevitably play a role and mess it up. The argument infers that politics does not play a good role.

A says that there is NO proper role for politics but this is too strong for what the argument supports

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11 Feb 2007, 17:58
my C too..

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11 Feb 2007, 22:15
One more C guys.

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16 Feb 2007, 22:30
Conclusion: A scientific research can be properly channeled and selected based on merits, if there is no interference from political group.

Another Conclusion: Selection of a project giving political consideration means selection of a project based on merits is 2nd priority.

Both of above coclusions are incompatible to each other.

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17 Feb 2007, 04:27
C also

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17 Feb 2007, 15:47
C ,

they say nothing about a minor role in the statement, a minor role could be a good thing , therefore you cannot say that no political consideration should be allowed

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17 Feb 2007, 16:18
OA is C

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17 Feb 2007, 16:18
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