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People have long been fascinated by the paranormal. Over the years, numerous researchers have investigated telepathy only to find that conclusive evidence for its existence has persistently evaded them. Despite this, there are still those who believe that there must be “something in it” since some research seems to support the view that telepathy exist. However, it can often be shown that other explanations that do comply with known laws can be given. Therefore, it is premature to conclude that telepathy is an alternative means of communication.
In the passage, the author

(A) supports the conclusion by pointing to the inadequacy of evidence for the opposite view
(B) supports the conclusion by describing particular experiments
(C) supports the conclusion by overgeneralizing from a specific piece of evidence
(D) draws a conclusion that is not supported by the premises
(E) rephrases the conclusion without offering any support for it
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16 Aug 2008, 18:20
IMO A

(A) supports the conclusion by pointing to the inadequacy of evidence for the opposite view
First the author says that telepathy cannot be created and then he says that alternative explanation exist.
(B) supports the conclusion by describing particular experiments
The author does not describes any experiments it just states that alternative explanation exist.
(C) supports the conclusion by overgeneralizing from a specific piece of evidence
The author is not generalizing here
(D) draws a conclusion that is not supported by the premises
The conclusion supports the premises that alternative explanation exist.
(E) rephrases the conclusion without offering any support for it
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16 Aug 2008, 18:45
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Source: Another Gmat Forum

People have long been fascinated by the paranormal. Over the years, numerous researchers have investigated telepathy only to find that conclusive evidence for its existence has persistently evaded them. Despite this, there are still those who believe that there must be “something in it” since some research seems to support the view that telepathy exist. However, it can often be shown that other explanations that do comply with known laws can be given. Therefore, it is premature to conclude that telepathy is an alternative means of communication.
In the passage, the author

(A) supports the conclusion by pointing to the inadequacy of evidence for the opposite view
(B) supports the conclusion by describing particular experiments
(C) supports the conclusion by overgeneralizing from a specific piece of evidence
(D) draws a conclusion that is not supported by the premises
(E) rephrases the conclusion without offering any support for it

C for me
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16 Aug 2008, 19:48
I went with A
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20 Aug 2008, 02:28
humtum0 wrote:
Source: Another Gmat Forum

People have long been fascinated by the paranormal. Over the years, numerous researchers have investigated telepathy only to find that conclusive evidence for its existence has persistently evaded them. Despite this, there are still those who believe that there must be “something in it” since some research seems to support the view that telepathy exist. However, it can often be shown that other explanations that do comply with known laws can be given. Therefore, it is premature to conclude that telepathy is an alternative means of communication.
In the passage, the author

(A) supports the conclusion by pointing to the inadequacy of evidence for the opposite view
(B) supports the conclusion by describing particular experiments
(C) supports the conclusion by overgeneralizing from a specific piece of evidence
(D) draws a conclusion that is not supported by the premises
(E) rephrases the conclusion without offering any support for it

IMO A)
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20 Aug 2008, 05:46
IMO A
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20 Aug 2008, 06:19
Premise2: People investigated T.
Premise3: No conclusive proof for T.
Premise4: Some research show T exist.
Premise5: Other explanations that do comply with known laws can be given.
Conclusion: It is early to say T is an alternative means of communication.

(A) supports the conclusion by pointing to the inadequacy of evidence for the opposite view
No inadequacy shown in opposite view.

(B) supports the conclusion by describing particular experiments
None of the experiments is described.

(C) supports the conclusion by overgeneralizing from a specific piece of evidence
Seems OK.

(D) draws a conclusion that is not supported by the premises
Conclusion is well supported by the premises.

(E) rephrases the conclusion without offering any support for it
There is ample proof given. Some research support and some do not, so it is early to comment on T, which is quite a logical thing.

IMO C.
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20 Aug 2008, 08:04
The author concludes that "it is premature to conclude that telepathy is an alternative means of communication."

Based on "evidence for its existence has persistently evaded them (researches)"
and
"there are still those who believe that there must be “something in it

At this point both A and C look good but since "Over the years, numerous researchers have investigated telepathy" I would eliminate C and would go with (A) supports the conclusion by pointing to the inadequacy of evidence for the opposite view

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Source: Another Gmat Forum

People have long been fascinated by the paranormal. Over the years, numerous researchers have investigated telepathy only to find that conclusive evidence for its existence has persistently evaded them. Despite this, there are still those who believe that there must be “something in it” since some research seems to support the view that telepathy exist. However, it can often be shown that other explanations that do comply with known laws can be given. Therefore, it is premature to conclude that telepathy is an alternative means of communication.
In the passage, the author

(A) supports the conclusion by pointing to the inadequacy of evidence for the opposite view
(B) supports the conclusion by describing particular experiments
(C) supports the conclusion by overgeneralizing from a specific piece of evidence
(D) draws a conclusion that is not supported by the premises
(E) rephrases the conclusion without offering any support for it

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20 Aug 2008, 15:54
OA is A
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03 Jun 2013, 22:28
humtum0 wrote:
Source: Another Gmat Forum

People have long been fascinated by the paranormal. Over the years, numerous researchers have investigated telepathy only to find that conclusive evidence for its existence has persistently evaded them. Despite this, there are still those who believe that there must be “something in it” since some research seems to support the view that telepathy exist. However, it can often be shown that other explanations that do comply with known laws can be given. Therefore, it is premature to conclude that telepathy is an alternative means of communication.
In the passage, the author

(A) supports the conclusion by pointing to the inadequacy of evidence for the opposite view
(B) supports the conclusion by describing particular experiments
(C) supports the conclusion by overgeneralizing from a specific piece of evidence
(D) draws a conclusion that is not supported by the premises
(E) rephrases the conclusion without offering any support for it

OE:

This is a straightforward question. The author states “it is premature to conclude that telepathy is an
alternative means of communication” because 1) “numerous researchers have investigated telepathy only
to find that conclusive evidence for its existence has persistently evaded them” and 2) “it can often be
shown that other explanations that do comply with known laws can be given.” Hence, the author supports
the conclusion by pointing to the inadequacy of evidence for the opposite view. The answer is (A).
The other choices are easily ruled out. Choices (B) and (C) are too specific. The author refers to
research in general, not to any particular experiments or evidence. Choice (D) makes a false claim. The
conclusion is fairly well supported. Choice (E) also make a false claim. The conclusion is mentioned only
once—in the closing line.
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