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The dean of computing must be respected by the academic

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The dean of computing must be respected by the academic staff and be competent to oversee the use of computers on campus. The only deans whom academics respect are those who hold doctoral degrees, and only someone who really knows about computers can competently oversee the use of computers on campus. Furthermore, the board of trustees has decided that the dean of computing must be selected from among this university’s staff. Therefore, the dean of computing must be a professor from this university’s computer science department.

Which one of the following statements, if true, would weaken the argument?

(A) There are members of this university’s staff who hold doctoral degrees and who are not professors but who really know about computers.

(B) There are members of this university’s philosophy department who do not hold doctoral degrees but who really know about computers.

(C) Computer science professors who hold doctoral degrees but who are not members of this university’s staff have applied for the position of dean of computing.

(D) Several members of the board of trustees of this university do not hold doctoral degrees.

(E) Some members of the computer science department at this university are not respected by academics in other departments.

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02 Oct 2017, 22:41
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The dean of computing must be respected by the academic staff and be competent to oversee the use of computers on campus. The only deans whom academics respect are those who hold doctoral degrees, and only someone who really knows about computers can competently oversee the use of computers on campus. Furthermore, the board of trustees has decided that the dean of computing must be selected from among this university’s staff. Therefore, the dean of computing must be a professor from this university’s computer science department.

Which one of the following statements, if true, would weaken the argument?

(A) There are members of this university’s staff who hold doctoral degrees and who are not professors but who really know about computers.

(B) There are members of this university’s philosophy department who do not hold doctoral degrees but who really know about computers.

(C) Computer science professors who hold doctoral degrees but who are not members of this university’s staff have applied for the position of dean of computing.

(D) Several members of the board of trustees of this university do not hold doctoral degrees.

(E) Some members of the computer science department at this university are not respected by academics in other departments.

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Premise:
1.Position of dean requires doctoral degree and computer knowledge ---only requirement
2.Trustee says elected member must be professor

A contradict and says that there are university’s staffs who fulfill criteria 1 but not 2...
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02 Nov 2018, 09:53
Can you explain why B is wrong as B and A seems to convey same idea?
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arpitalewe wrote:
Can you explain why B is wrong as B and A seems to convey same idea?

Yeah good question - the devil is really in the details here...Critical Reasoning thrives on precision in wording.

Note the qualifications outlined in the stimulus. This job must go to:

-Someone with a doctorate
-Someone from the university staff
-Someone who really understands computers

And then they take a leap in the conclusion to combine all three...instead of someone having those three qualifications independently (maybe a doctorate in biology but works in the library and just really gets computer) they conclude that it has to be a professor from the CS department. That's the gap...the conclusion assumes that all three qualifications must be related.

Note that with B, the person in question DOES NOT have a doctorate, so they don't match on one important characteristic. Therefore they're not a good example of someone who fits all three, just not for the same reason. Whereas with A, it's someone who fits all three...the one thing they miss on is "professor" but that's not a requirement.
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