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# Sociologist: Research shows, contrary to popular opinion,

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Sociologist: Research shows, contrary to popular opinion, that, all other things being equal, most people who have pets are less happy than most people who do not. Therefore, any person who wants to be as happy as possible would do well to consider not having a pet.
Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the sociologistâ€™s argument?
(A) Some people who have pets are happier than most people who do not.
(B) Most people who have no pets occasionally wish that they had pets.
(C) Most people who have pets are reasonably happy.
(D) Most people who have pets feel happier because they have pets.
(E) All people who have no pets admit to feeling unhappy sometimes.
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09 Sep 2006, 19:08
I would go with D
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09 Sep 2006, 19:31

Conclusion: Most people who want to be happy, consider not getting one.
(A) Some people who have pets are happier than most people who do not.
This means there are some people with pets who are happier than the ones without. But does do anything to the conclusion... it stays. Out.

(B) Most people who have no pets occasionally wish that they had pets.
Occasionally = ??? May or may not weaken.

(C) Most people who have pets are reasonably happy.
Reasonably = ??Again, if this were true, then it may or may not weaken. Out.

(D) Most people who have pets feel happier because they have pets.
Correct... if just having pets makes
most people happier then the conclusion is weakened.

(E) All people who have no pets admit to feeling unhappy sometimes.
Sometimes = ?
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10 Sep 2006, 00:42
D:

"Pets" increase the level of happiness. This directly weakens the conclusion.
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10 Sep 2006, 11:42
D.

D basically says pet owners would have been less happy if they didn't have pets.
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