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29 Aug 2005, 10:01
A smoker trying to quit is more likely to succeed if his or her doctor greatly exaggerates the dangers of smoking. Similar strategies can be used to break other habits. But since such strategies involve deception, individuals cannot easily adopt them unless a doctor or some other third party provides the warning.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
(a) Pple tend to believe whatever doctors tell them
(b) Most of techniques that help people quite smoking can also help them break other habits
(c) The more the relevant danger is exaggerated, the more likely one is to break one's habit
(d) Pple generally do not find it easy to deceive themselves
(e) A doctor is justified in deceiving a patient whenever doing so is likely to make the patient healthier.
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29 Aug 2005, 10:10
Its between A and E. Probably A.
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29 Aug 2005, 10:14
E.

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29 Aug 2005, 10:16
Oops a hasty reply. It shud be A.

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29 Aug 2005, 10:18
1) A smoker trying to quit is likely to succeed if doctor exaggerates dangers of smoking
2) Similar strategies can be used to break other habits
3) Such strategies involve deception
4) People cannot adopt the lies unless a doctor or some other third party provide the warning

I'll take A. If people do not believe what the doctors tell them, the whole argument falls apart because it is based on the effectiveness of the scare tactics employed by the doctors.

(B) is not important for the argument to hold.
(C) is not relevant as well
(D) is just another way of restating the premise (premise 4, which says people cannot adopt the information that comes from themselves)
(E) is not important to hold up the argument
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29 Aug 2005, 11:27
A -

ARGUMENT FELLS APART IF A IS NEGATED.
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29 Aug 2005, 11:40
one more A
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29 Aug 2005, 12:48
Seems like D because believing the doctor or other third party itself depends on the assumption that people do not find it easy to deceive themselves. If people can deceive themselves , third party intervention is not required and the argument loses its force.
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29 Aug 2005, 13:05
One more reason why I think A is not correct because it is mentioned that only when the dangers are "exaggerated" that the strategy is likely to be successful and maybe not "whatever" the doctor tells the smoker.
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29 Aug 2005, 13:51
i will go with E. A is out of scope, we dont have any evidence of it.
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29 Aug 2005, 13:52
another for A
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29 Aug 2005, 16:07
A for me. E seems to broad to apply to the argument.
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30 Aug 2005, 00:36
It should be A.
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30 Aug 2005, 04:27
I would say A
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30 Aug 2005, 04:28
I would say A
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30 Aug 2005, 12:49
I will go with B.

It cannot be A because the argument says that "individuals cannot easily adopt them unless a doctor or some other third party provides the warning".

The main point in this argument is that "Similar strategies can be used to break other habits", so I would go for B.
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30 Aug 2005, 16:50
Cant believe only sravana choose D, i think the answer is a clear D..

(a) Pple tend to believe whatever doctors tell them
(Over exaggrated, what if the doctor says he has a unicorn as his pet)
(b) Most of techniques that help people quite smoking can also help them break other habits
(very generalized, it talks only about one technique)
(c) The more the relevant danger is exaggerated, the more likely one is to break one's habit
(if relevant danger is exaggerated there is no deception involved)
(d) Pple generally do not find it easy to deceive themselves
(sounds right, that is why the third party or doctor should tell that)
(e) A doctor is justified in deceiving a patient whenever doing so is likely to make the patient healthier.
(again over generalized)
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30 Aug 2005, 17:06
Am confused between B & D. Might choose B.
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30 Aug 2005, 19:22
D.
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31 Aug 2005, 03:33
ranga and sravna u r spot on..it should be D. since argument says people cannot easily adpot the decpetion startegies unless doctors tell them. why do they need doctors to tell them if they could decieve themselves? hence D must be assumed.

Pple tend to believe whatever doctors tell them is probably assuming too much anyway.

Yikes! silly silly mistakes.
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