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# Sociologist: The claim that there is a large number of

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VP
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18 Mar 2005, 00:55
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Sociologist: The claim that there is a large number of violent crimes in our society is false, for this claim is based upon the large number of stories in newspapers about violent crimes. But since violent crimes are very rare occurrences, newspapers are likely to print stories about them.

The sociologistâ€™s argument is flawed because it

(A) presupposes that most newspaper stories are about violent crime

(B) presupposes the truth of the conclusion it is attempting to establish

(C) assumes without warrant that the newspaper stories in question are not biased

(D) mistakes property of each member of a group taken as an individual for a property of the group taken as a whole

(E) uncritically draws an inference from what has been true in the past to what will be true in the future

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18 Mar 2005, 07:13
B) presupposes the conclusion (=>rare violent crimes) that is trying to establish (=>that crimes are rare)

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Director
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18 Mar 2005, 12:54
I POEd everything except (B), my choice, though I don't understand what actually that option means.

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18 Mar 2005, 13:04
B by POE>. but i would like somebody explain why B has to be picked up?

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18 Mar 2005, 14:14
Trying to prove: The claim that there is a large number of violent crimes in our society is false
Argument: But since violent crimes are very rare occurrences, newspapers are likely to print stories about them

Assumes what it sets out to prove.

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19 Mar 2005, 01:01
amit_upasani, thanks

OA is B.

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19 Mar 2005, 01:01
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