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# The existentialists are right about one thing: we are alone, radically

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The existentialists are right about one thing: we are alone, radically alone. The proof is obvious. Suppose you were born with a physiology that permitted you to perceive only negative images, that is, you saw black where everyone else saw white and white where everyone else saw black. Nevertheless, you would learn to call what you saw as black by the name “white” because this is what you would be taught, and there would be no way that you could discover your error.

Which one of the following can be validly inferred from the statements in the argument above?

(A) Some people are born with reversed perceptions of black and white, and they cannot discover this.

(B) People with reversed perceptions of black and white would not choose their words any differently from anyone else.

(C) Existentialism is a sound philosophy, as is amply demonstrated by the physiology of color perception.

(D) The existentialists claim that some people are born with reversed perceptions of black and white.

(E) The existentialists claim that people mean different things when they use the words “black” and “white.”

Originally posted by nverma on 15 May 2010, 07:39.
Last edited by Bunuel on 08 Feb 2019, 03:57, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question and added the OA.
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15 May 2010, 11:22
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IMO B

(A) Some people are born with reversed perceptions of black and white, and they cannot discover this. --> the passage never assumes anything about "some" people being born with reversed perceptions .... the reversed preception is just an example
(B) People with reversed perceptions of black and white would not choose their words any differently from anyone else.Correct
(C) Existentialism is a sound philosophy, as is amply demonstrated by the physiology of color perception.the author never comments on the soundness of the philosophy
(D) The existentialists claim that some people are born with reversed perceptions of black and white.the existentialists never claimed that
(E) The existentialists claim that people mean different things when they use the words “black” and “white.”the existentialists never claimed this
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24 Aug 2010, 16:51
From the question, "you would learn to call what you saw as black by the name “white”... and there would be no way that you could discover your error." Even if you saw 'white' differently from everyone else, you'd still learn to use the word 'white' to refer to that color. You would not use different labels than other people do. That's what answer choice B says.
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06 May 2011, 06:29
this is a very simple question. option A is not confusing at all. it says 'some people are born with reversed perception' how can that be ascertained ? suppose no one is born with reversed perception ? we have no way to know so A is out no doubt.

CDE are all garbage , only B is consistent with the 'suppose...'

and OA is B , i have confirmed after googling this question.
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03 May 2016, 04:05
IMO B, i reached their through process of elimination.

The existentialists are right about one thing: we are alone, radically alone. The proof is obvious. Suppose you were born with a physiology that permitted you to perceive only negative images, that is, you saw black where everyone else saw white and white where everyone else saw black. Nevertheless, you would learn to call what you saw as black by the name “white” because this is what you would be taught, and there would be no way that you could discover your error.
Which one of the following can be validly inferred from the statements in the argument above?

(A) Some people are born with reversed perceptions of black and white, and they cannot discover this. -->Incorrect, last line of the passage tells about it. rather they are taught the opposite.

(B) People with reversed perceptions of black and white would not choose their words any differently from anyone else. -> Skipped this and moved to option C.

(C) Existentialism is a sound philosophy, as is amply demonstrated by the physiology of color perception. --> Incorrect as in the passage we are talking about existentialists and no where about the philosophy.

(D) The existentialists claim that some people are born with reversed perceptions of black and white.--> INCORRECT no where it it mentioned what they think. OOS

(E) The existentialists claim that people mean different things when they use the words “black” and “white.” --> The never claimed about it.

Left with option B.
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13 Jan 2019, 05:14
Why not E? It's an inference based question so the same can be concluded.

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