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# Some psychologists believe that humans, like porpoises, are

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Some psychologists believe that humans, like porpoises, are [#permalink]

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Some psychologists believe that humans, like porpoises, are benevolent creatures by nature. These psychologists assume that human nature is essentially disposed to benevolent conduct. To account for social evils, psychologists have to blame instructions that corrupt the native disposition of humans.

The psychologistsтАЩ argument described above would be most strengthened if it were to explain howтАж
A) A way of life consistent with benevolent ideas is possible in the modern world.
B) People can be persuaded to abandon technology, urbanization, and mass production.
C) Benevolent conduct can result from humans living in accordance with their own natural dispositions
D) Benevolent dispositions give rise to evil institutions
E) Corrupt institution can be eliminated or reformed

The correct answer is B. Source is Logic review- PetersonтАЩs

id go for D, though. anyone?
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27 Aug 2003, 09:23
???

Maybe the worst question I've ever read...

Is PR equating technology, urbanization, and mass production with evil??

How do they think their books are printed???
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27 Aug 2003, 09:26
maybe they are admitting to be evil...
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27 Aug 2003, 09:32
How do they think we developed vaccines for diseases and produce enough of them to save lives everyday around the world....
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29 Aug 2003, 03:09
in B you have to make the assumption that technology, urbanization, and mass production are somehow evil institutions. that is assuming too much, isnt it????
the argument is sthing like "people are good by nature. there are social evils. instructions corrupt people". the question should be sthing like "how do we get corruptive instructions from good-by-nature people?"
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29 Aug 2003, 16:02
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hi all... ive got this question from another forum...

Some psychologists believe that humans, like porpoises, are benevolent creatures by nature. These psychologists assume that human nature is essentially disposed to benevolent conduct. To account for social evils, psychologists have to blame instructions that corrupt the native disposition of humans.

The psychologistsтАЩ argument described above would be most strengthened if it were to explain howтАж
A) A way of life consistent with benevolent ideas is possible in the modern world.
B) People can be persuaded to abandon technology, urbanization, and mass production.
C) Benevolent conduct can result from humans living in accordance with their own natural dispositions
D) Benevolent dispositions give rise to evil institutions
E) Corrupt institution can be eliminated or reformed

The correct answer is B. Source is Logic review- PetersonтАЩs

id go for D, though. anyone?

I don't give a damn what Peterson's says (or more likely, what somebody says Peterson's says), the answer is D. First of all, the stimulus does not even mention anything about technology, urbanization, et al, so why is this even relevant?

D would strengthen the argument because the stimulus states that man is predisposed to benevolent behavior, unless corrupted by evil institutions. Well, those evil institutions are also created by man, so therein lies a small paradox in the argument. Hence, the argument would be strengthened, if there was a reasonable explanation of how the evil institutions came into existence in the first place.
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05 Sep 2003, 21:10
The question does not mention evil institutions, it mentions evil instructions. Institutions will then be out of scope and a better answer choice will be C.
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05 Sep 2003, 21:52
I'd be willing to bet a paycheck that "instructions" is a typo. To ANUPAQ, just how does C strengthen the psychologists' assertions?
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26 Oct 2003, 10:57
I can hardly understand anything )
But answer must be either C or D and D sound better

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Re: Some psychologists believe that humans, like porpoises, are [#permalink]

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13 Jul 2012, 10:47
I'm not quite sure, but I think it is C.
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Re: Some psychologists believe that humans, like porpoises, are   [#permalink] 13 Jul 2012, 10:47
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