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# Teresa: Manned spaceflight does not have a future, since it

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Teresa: Manned spaceflight does not have a future, since it cannot compete economically with other means of accomplishing the objectives of spaceflight.
Edward: No mode of human transportation has a better record of reliability: two accidents in twenty-five years. Thus manned spaceflight definitely has a positive future.

Which of the following is the best logical evaluation of Edwardâ€™s argument as a response to Teresaâ€™s argument?

(A) It cites evidence that, if true, tends to disprove the evidence cited by Teresa in drawing her conclusion.
(B) It indicates a logical gap in the support that Teresa offers for her conclusion.
(C) It raises a consideration that outweighs the argument Teresa makes.
(D) It does not meet Teresaâ€™s point because it assumes that there is no serious impediment to transporting people into space, but this was the issue raised by Teresa.
(E) It fails to respond to Teresaâ€™s argument because it does not address the fundamental issue of whether space activities should have priority over other claims on the national budget.

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14 Sep 2005, 17:00
(A) It cites evidence that, if true, tends to disprove the evidence cited by Teresa in drawing her conclusion.
- Stating that there have only been 2 accidents in 25 years does not alleviate the economic concern.

(B) It indicates a logical gap in the support that Teresa offers for her conclusion.
- Same as A.

(C) It raises a consideration that outweighs the argument Teresa makes.
- I don't think we can make this determination.

(D) It does not meet Teresaâ€™s point because it assumes that there is no serious impediment to transporting people into space, but this was the issue raised by Teresa.
- I'm not sure if impediment here refers to ANY setbacks, or to Edward's point, the dangers involved in sending people into space.

(E) It fails to respond to Teresaâ€™s argument because it does not address the fundamental issue of whether space activities should have priority over other claims on the national budget.
- This is the only choice that even touches upon the Teresa's economic concern, however, I don't know if we are taking it too far to think that it touches the national budget.

Between D and E, I'll select E.
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14 Sep 2005, 19:25
D for me.

IMO E is out of scope. True, Ed fails to respond to Teresa's argument but not in this way.

D says that Ed assumes that there is no serious impediment (something that prevents or makes a task more difficult) to taking people to space. That is exactly what she is saying.
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14 Sep 2005, 22:51
I think it is D
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15 Sep 2005, 01:14
Same here, D. E assumes too much outside knowledge.
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15 Sep 2005, 13:33
IMO C is correct, Edwards believes that the fact taht there are very few accidents, outweighs the fact that space flight are economically not feasilbe (which is the issue raised by teresa)

D is wrong because it says teresa's raised the issue of impediment to transport people to space...but from the statement she never raises this issue.
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15 Sep 2005, 13:47
I will go with D.
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15 Sep 2005, 13:51
D is correct.
In C, I dont think that anyone opinion outweighs the other, it seems too implicit for the GMAT. Anyway a comparison is not stated as to which carries more weight.
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15 Sep 2005, 14:54
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D is correct.
In C, I dont think that anyone opinion outweighs the other, it seems too implicit for the GMAT. Anyway a comparison is not stated as to which carries more weight.

Agree C is too implicit, but D is explicitly wrong....it says some thing Teresa did not say as she said...
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15 Sep 2005, 15:02
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Agree C is too implicit, but D is explicitly wrong....it says some thing Teresa did not say as she said...

I'd go with C too. It does bring in personal opinion but none of the others seemed to fit, so it is C for me.
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16 Sep 2005, 06:35
I will go with D
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16 Sep 2005, 07:25
One more vote for E. Edward did not reply to Teresa's argument that is the economic aspect of spacelight wheareas Edward mentioned its safety aspect.
However, I admit that E might be assumed too far when it concerns about national budget.

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16 Sep 2005, 08:28
Phew, looks like we got almost all the options among us. What is the OA, please?
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16 Sep 2005, 21:06
Great explanations guys! OA is D

I agree with the OA -

1. We are asked to evaluate Ed's argument

2. C is wrong as we dont know the way to evaluate which outwieghs the other and by how much?

3. E is wrong because Teresa says that spaceflight does not have a future coz it cannot accompish other objectives economically. IT has nothing to do with priority over other claims.

4. D is correct because Ed claims that there is no other better mode of human transportation just because it has a better reliability record. Reliability record and safety for humans is no way connected! SO Ed id assuming here that there is no serious impediment. But thats not Teresa's issue.
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