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The proper way to plan for a scientific project is first to decide its goal and then to plan the best way to accomplish that goal. Th U.S space station project does not conform to this ideal. when the cold war ended , the project lost its original purpose , so another purpose was quickly grafted onto the project, that of conducting linited gravity experiments, even though such experiments can be done in an alternative way. It is , therefore ,abundantly clear that the space station should not be built.

The reasoning in this argument is flawed because the argument

A. Attacks the proponents of a claim rather than arguing against the claim itself

B. Presupposes what it sets out to prove

C. Faults planners for not foreseeing a certain event, when in fact that event was not foreseeable

D. Contains statements that lead to a self contradiction

E. Concludes that a shortcoming is fatal, having produced evidence only of the existence of that shortcoming

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The proper way to plan for a scientific project is first to decide its goal and then to plan the best way to accomplish that goal. Th U.S space station project does not conform to this ideal. when the cold war ended , the project lost its original purpose , so another purpose was quickly grafted onto the project, that of conducting linited gravity experiments, even though such experiments can be done in an alternative way. It is , therefore ,abundantly clear that the space station should not be built.

The reasoning in this argument is flawed because the argument

A. Attacks the proponents of a claim rather than arguing against the claim itself

B. Presupposes what it sets out to prove

C. Faults planners for not foreseeing a certain event, when in fact that event was not foreseeable

D. Contains statements that lead to a self contradiction

E. Concludes that a shortcoming is fatal, having produced evidence only of the existence of that shortcoming


I would go for D. Because, the argument says that "US space station planners should plan the best way to accomplish that goal". But the argument only says that "such experiments can be done in an alternative way". Alternative way is not the best way. Still the argument says that "abundantly clear that the space station should not be built". Dont you see some contradiction here??

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"project lost its original purpose , so another purpose was quickly grafted onto the project" is the short coming and argument assumes this short coming is fatal.
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"project lost its original purpose , so another purpose was quickly grafted onto the project" is the short coming and argument assumes this short coming is fatal.


Your explanation is convincing. But I am still not fully clear why D is wrong. :(

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"project lost its original purpose , so another purpose was quickly grafted onto the project" is the short coming and argument assumes this short coming is fatal.


Agree with the reasoning above.

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it's not clear if the alternate way is better or not.so you can not "definitely" say that the statement leads to self contradiction.hence.choice D can be eliminated.

OA is E.

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